Relax on lovely Manly Beach, one of Australia’s most famous beaches where the first world surfing contest was held in 1964. You’ll find plenty of wonderful things to do and see, from picnics on the promenade to fun and informative tours, including surfing, snorkelling, diving, cycling and walking.
The iconic beach curves from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, or bombora, creates waves prized by top surfers. Just south of Manly Beach is Shelly Beach in Cabbage Tree Bay, an aquatic reserve teeming with colourful fish such as blue groper and cuttlefish.
Just north of Manly Beach is gorgeous Freshwater Beach, where Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfboard riding in the summer of 1914-15. Both beaches are National Surfing Reserves and are famous as breeding grounds for world champions such as Barton Lynch and Layne Beachley.
You, too, can learn to surf with Manly Surf School or Manly Surf Guide. For snorkelling experiences in the crystal-clear waters of Cabbage Tree Bay, join the Dive Centre Manly or EcoTreasures. The Dive Centre Manly also offers scuba diving lessons for beginners and guided dives for experienced divers.
Getting to Manly Beach is easy. Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide across one of the world’s great natural harbours to Manly for a short walk to the beach along the Corso, a lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard. On the Corso and adjacent to the beach is a delicious range of places to eat.
Or buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips and savour them on the soft sand while soaking up the laid-back beach lifestyle and watching surfers gracefully manoeuvre on the waves. For a two-wheel adventure, explore the spectacular Northern Beaches coastline on a bicycle with Manly Bike Tours and Hire.