Exploring Fun Things To Do in Manly

11 April 2018

Manly is one the most iconic suburbs in all of Sydney, known for its beach culture, lively energy and abundance of things to do and sights to see. Located in Sydney’s North, Manly is only a short ferry ride away from Circular Quay in the city centre.

Discover some fun things to do in Manly below:

Relax at Manly Beach

South Steyne end of Manly Beach, Manly

South Steyne, Manly Beach

Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches, and is seen as one of the most beautiful spots in Sydney. Filled with sandy beaches, lagoons and parks, Manly Beach also proudly tops the lists of places with fun things to do in the area, especially for lovers of the sand and sea. Take a dip in in Manly’s wonderful waters for activities like surfing, snorkelling and diving. Then, head on shore for sunbaking, relaxation and even a picnic on the promenade. For those after a little more relaxation (or adventure), head over to neighbouring Freshwater Beach in the North, or Shelly Beach on the south side.

Learn to Surf

Manly Beach provides the perfect environment for anyone wanting to learn the art of wave riding. Sign up to the exclusive Manly Surf School, or boutique surf guiding company, Manly Surf Guide, and discover how to catch the perfect wave. Both Sydney surf schools offer up private, personalised lessons for surfers anywhere from novice to elite, looking to take their surfing skills to the next level. Alternatively, grab a couple of friends for a fun weekend activity, or even some work-colleagues for a quality team-bonding experience. All lessons are lead by qualified experts, who’ll train you up in both surf etiquette and ocean safety.

Go Whale Watching

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Whale Watching, Manly.

Each year from May to November majestic whales migrate along the NSW coast. Enjoy one of the unforgettable experiences to be had in Manly and along the Northern beaches coastline, with a whale-watching tour. Join operators like Manly Ocean Adventures and Manly Whale Watching, and you get up close and personal to majestic, migrating humpback whales. Whales can also be spotted from North Head lookout, situated on the northernmost edge of the harbour. North Head also contains some of the best boat diving sites and a fantastic place for enjoying the famous Sydney New Years Eve fireworks display.

Do the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

The Manly to Spit Bridge Walk is North Sydney’s equivalent to it’s Eastern Sydney counterpart, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Pick this walking trail for 10km of absolutely stunning views of North Sydney’s lush bushland and coastal sceneries. Kick off this walk at at Manly Wharf, or alternatively at the reverse end at Spit Bridge in Mosman. Be sure to stop by some of the top vantage points along this trail, such as the historic Grotto Point Lighthouse and the Sydney Harbour National Park. The walk takes approximately 3-4 hours to finish, and is best accompanied with a refreshing meal from either end of the trail.

Head out on a bike tour

For those looking to get their blood pumping a little, hire yourself a bike from Sydney’s largest bicycle fleet, Manly Bike Tours, and get going. Pick from a large fleet of mountain bikes, cruisers, tandems and kid’s bikes, depending on your needs and appetite for adventure. Once you’ve locked in your ride, choose from a number of self-guided bike tours around Manly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park and more. There is over 20 kilometres of dedicated cycle paths to explore. For more advanced riders, put your pedal to the test with an off road experience to Manly Dam, for one of Sydney’s premier mountain bike tracks. This mountain biker’s paradise features tranquil bush setting and Peninsula views.

Get a taste of local cafes and restaurants

Couple enjoying food and drinks at Hugos, Manly.

Couple enjoying food and drinks on the Manly Wharf.

Manly has a diverse selection of cafes and restaurants to pick from, from breakfast right through to dinner. Not to mention, a range of bars and pubs for unwinding with a drink and a couple of friends once the sun does down. Hit up the main social precinct, known as the Corso, located in the midst of the harbourside wharf and beachside, for boundless choices of food, drink and entertainment. Unwind and treat yourself at popular spots like Manly Wharf Hotel, Ivanehoe Hotel Manly, Papi Chulo and more. If that’s not enough, clear your calendar in May for the annual Taste of Manly food festival, set in Manly’s iconic beach front.