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Manly Beach

Take one of Sydney's most popular ferry rides to discover calm coves and surf beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping and spectacular views.

Manly Beach was named after the strikingly healthy and handsome indigenous people who first lived in the area. Back in 1903, it was one of the first seaside resorts to allow daylight swimming and surfing. These days, Manly is an upmarket Sydney suburb by the water, offering fine beaches, heritage architecture, shopping, dining, and bush walks. The ferry journey alone, from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf, is a must-do Sydney experience.

If you’re traveling with little ones or prefer gentle waters, step straight from the ferry onto the sand of Manly Cove. This harbor-side beach is perfect for leisurely swimming, fishing or sailing. Explore the rocky coves and tidal pools or unroll a picnic blanket; protected Manly Cove is a great option when the onshore winds are blowing.

For wave action, head across The Corso to famous Manly Beach, which is patrolled by surf lifesavers year-round. If you’ve never tried surfing, book a lesson at one of the surf schools and catch the waves at what is thought to be the birthplace of Australian surfing.

When you’re not soaking up the sun, the suburb of Manly is picturesque and offers lots to do. Rent a bicycle and explore the many oceanfront bike paths. Stop by Manly Art Gallery and Museum, renowned for its collection of Australian ceramics and paintings by local artists. Head up the hill to North Head and take in the spectacular views over the entrance to Sydney Harbour, and then back to the city.

For the kids, the area is dotted with well-equipped playgrounds, and in the evenings the Manly Surf Club is a great place for a relaxed family meal or a drink. Upscale pubs, restaurants serving “mod-Oz” (modern Australian) cuisine, juice bars and coffee shops are plentiful in Manly. If you’re in the mood for a more classic dish, look no further than the Manly Fish Café. This is one of the longest running seafood restaurants in the area and the café’s fish and chips are legendary.

From Circular Quay, enjoy the 30-minute ferry ride to Many Wharf. Buses also run between downtown Sydney and Manly, and plenty of metered car parking is available.


Guide to Exploring around Manly Beach


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Lodging Near Manly Beach

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Manly Guest House

Manly Guest House

6 Steinton Street, Manly
3.4
of 5, from 172 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$181
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

55 North Steyne, Manly
4.3
of 5, from 1,558 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Curl Curl Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$86
The Outback Lodge Manly

The Outback Lodge Manly

5 Smith Street, Manly
3.5
of 5, from 222 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the Strip, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$218
Manly Stay LUX Apartments

Manly Stay LUX Apartments

42 North Steyne, Manly
2.9
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

96 North Steyne, Manly
4.5
of 5, from 420 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Curl Curl Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$117
Manly Beachside Apartments

Manly Beachside Apartments

29 Pittwater Road, Manly
3.2
of 5, from 149 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$170
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

54 North Steyne, Manly
4.0
of 5, from 383 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Manly, this beachfront motel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Curl Curl Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Pine Court Apartments

Pine Court Apartments

6 Pine Street, Manly
2.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).