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  1. Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge Track

    Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track is a scenic walk that’s full of history, but that’s not all that’ll get your pulse racing. The descent into Bantry Bay via the Timber Getters track is difficult and steep. About halfway down it crosses …

  2. Manly scenic walkway

    What’s the prettiest way to get to Manly? Some say catching the Manly ferry, but those in the know will tell you otherwise – it’s the Manly scenic walkway. Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic walk shows you some of the most pict…

  3. Fairfax walk

    The Fairfax walk offers superb views and an enjoyable, gentle walk. This short paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head. Its circuit connects three lookouts which provide the kinds…

  4. Freshwater Beach

    A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl. The north headland provides excellent protection from the summer nor'easter, and…

  5. Manly Beach

    In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney’s most iconic strip of sand, named by the State’s first governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 for the impression made on him by “the confidence and manly behaviour” of the area’s Aborigines. The s…

  6. Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff is the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, possessed of an offshore “bommie” which can handle waves up to seven metres. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s pro surfers being towe…

  7. Manly Dam

    Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, known as Manly Dam, has a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna. It's great for picnics by the water and is renowned for mountain biking and water skiing. Attractions include a self-guided walk that hig…

  8. Collins Flat Beach

    With its scenic harbour views, Collins Flat Beach, just north of Sydney city and nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is an idyllic spot for a romantic picnic. Whether you’re swimming in the calm waters or nibbling on gourmet …

  9. Reef Beach

    Reef Beach offers the chance to kick back in your own hometown, even if it’s only for an afternoon. This pretty spot, tucked away at Dobroyd Head, has incredible views across Sydney’s North Harbour to Manly. Make it a pit stop while walkin…

  10. Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, to the northern of Shelly Beach. Recreati…

  11. Shelly Beach: Manly

    Shelly Beach is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, Shelly Beach has become popular with Scuba D…

  12. Fairy Bower Pool

    Located along Marine Parade is the lovely Fairy Bower Pool. It is triangular in shape and the sculptures that sit along the rock edge are known as 'The Sea Nymphs' or 'The Oceanides', were created by Helen Leete. Built by local residents i…

  13. Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head

    Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head offers fantastic views over to North Head and South Head and the expansive Pacific Ocean. Named in honour of Aboriginal man Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers, the lookout is…

  14. North Head Sanctuary

    Right in Manly's backyard is North Head Sanctuary - Sydney's secret getaway. There are over 10 kilometres of easy walking tracks to explore. Start at Shelley Beach and walk through virtually untouched bushland with superb harbour views b…

  15. North Head

    The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the harbour and Sydney skyline. Situated on the northern-most edge of the harbour within sight of Hornby Lighthouse on South Head, it’s a re…

  16. Manly Art Gallery and Museum

    The Manly Art Gallery and Museum is only a four minute walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 by Manly Council, it was the first metropolitan regional gallery in New South Wales. The gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of …

  17. Grotto Point Lighthouse

    If you’ve ever dreamed of the life of a lighthouse-keeper, why not visit the historic Grotto Point Lighthouse and imagine what it’s been like to live and work there? This active beacon, located on a rocky headland near Dobroyd Head, lights …

  18. Westfield Warringah Mall

    With over 300 stores now open across fashion, beauty and lifestyle, there's even more to love at Westfield Warringah Mall. Now with over 50 exciting food and dining options available, your mid-shop pit stop has never being this delicious! …