Manly’s harmonious balance of carefree beach life and urban sophistication makes it one of Sydney’s most popular playgrounds. Whether you’re looking to surf, swim, shop, wine and dine, or even dive with sharks, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Manly. The ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly is 30 minutes. You’ll find a range of places to stay to suit your budget in Manly.
Situated between a tranquil inner-harbour beach on one side and a popular surf beach on the other, Manly combines an easy-going beachside lifestyle with sophisticated dining and shopping. Take a ferry from Circular Quay across majestic Sydney Harbour to Manly.
The Corso connects Manly Wharf to the famous surf beach. A delightful shopping area, the Corso offers an open space to walk to the tree-lined Steyne promenade, where there are picnic tables overlooking the beach. The area has fine cafés, restaurants and pubs that have great food and impeccable views.
Manly’s long ocean-side stretch of sand has long held a strong attraction for walkers, bathers and surfers. The smooth waves make it the perfect place to try surfing, with the Manly Surf School offering beginner courses. Manly Beach hosted the first world surfing championship in 1964.
For a well-informed exploration of the local coastal trails and marine life in the area, EcoTreasures offer a tour that includes walking and snorkelling. A bicycle from Manly Bike Tours is a great way to explore hidden coves and beaches. Ride north to Freshwater Beach, where Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfboard riding in the summer of 1914-15.
At Manly Wharf relax with a cool drink in the stylish Manly Wharf Hotel. You can also enjoy the spectacular view with a cocktail or pizza at Hugo’s. Near the wharf is 4 Pines Brewery, a microbrewery where you can taste craft beers and take a tour.
Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is meanwhile home to a colourful variety of marine life including sharks, turtles and stingrays, and the perfect place to take the kids to see the little penguins in the enchanting Penguin Cove. You can also dive with sharks.