Manly Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches, best known for being the beach where the world's first surfing contest was held in 1964. The iconic beach, a 1.5 kilometre stretch of golden sand, lined by magnificent Norfolk pines curves two kilometres from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, or bombora creates waves prized by top surfers.
It also caters for those wanting to learn to surf and most days you will see schools of surfers launching into the rips, paddling hard to get onto that elusive wave. Swimmers are, as always, advised to swim between the yellow and red flags which are patrolled by lifeguards. At North Steyne, the middle part of the beach, you’ll find volleyball nets and surf board hire, as well as cafes and amenities.
Follow the scenic foreshore walk starting at the southern end of the beach and finishing at Shelly Beach, a safe swimming area, protected from the waves. You're definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to Manly Beach. Whether you want to spread a towel out and enjoy the soft white sand, surf its waves or explore its underwater marine life, whilst snorkelling or diving, there's something here for everyone.
There are many cafes and restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal or coffee whilst checking out the beachside activity.