Manly Beach: fun in the sun

Standing on the warm, golden sands, you'll know you've arrived at Sydney's famous Manly Beach. You'€™ll find Manly on Sydney's northern beaches – a stretch of coast that's considered to be the birthplace of Australian surf culture. Its laid-back beach lifestyle, shopping and great places to eat and drink mean it’s a magnet for young and creative people from all over the world.

With so much happening during the day, as well as after the sun sets, it’s easy to see why. Pick up an ice cream, burger or new bikini on The Corso – the promenade that runs from the Manly Ferry terminal to Manly Beach – get into Manly's live music scene at The Fig or In Situ, quench your thirst with handcrafted beer at 4 Pines Brewing Company or sip on a cocktail at Miss Marley's tequila bar. If you haven’t surfed before, join in the action with the experts at Manly Surf School.

Pro Dive Manly and Manly Kayak Centre offer plenty of other ways to enjoy this pristine marine environment. Don'€™t miss snorkelling at pretty Shelly Beach, a marine reserve that's a short walk from The Corso.

A hub of raw energy in the summertime, Manly reverts to its village roots in the winter with the action revolving around cafes and wharf-side restaurants. It’s also the time when over 3,000 whales pass by Sydney on their annual migration from the Antarctic. Manly Whale Watching can take you out on a luxury sailing boat or high-speed inflatable adventure vessel so you can get in on the action.