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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.

Popular Activities at Manly Beach

Want to make your time spent at Manly Beach even more memorable? Remember to try out some of these activities:

Your next big adventure is right in front of you! You might want to try out a Manly Beach & Sunset Cruise or a 5-Day Sydney & Surrounds Backpacker Adventure Tour.

For even more activities, check out our Sydney things to do page.


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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific $138
Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Everything was above my expectations!! Room was clean,breakfast buffet was great! Girls behind Reception were very kind and nice!

    Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse $53
    Reviewed on Jan 26, 2019
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    Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

    Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

    6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
       
      3.7 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Very small room ideal for sleeping only and really ok for one night only. Location is great ground floor room was very quiet but could use a waste bin.

      Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
      Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019
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      Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

      Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

      96 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Disappointed that there was no tea nor coffee in the unit, and we found dead cockroaches on the carpet

        Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments $116
        Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019
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        Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

        Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

        54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Good facility and you cannot get closer to the beach

          Manly Beachside Apartments $78
          Reviewed on Feb 3, 2019
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          Manly Beachside Apartments

          Manly Beachside Apartments

          29 Pittwater Road, Manly, NSW
             
            3.2 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Location close to shops and beach ....."............

            The Outback Lodge Manly $42
            Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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            The Outback Lodge Manly

            The Outback Lodge Manly

            5 Smith Street, Manly, NSW
               
              3.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Great location, quiet, good service. Reasonably priced serviced rooms in great area close to beach and restaurants.

              Manly Cloud Nine Luxury Apartment
              Manly Cloud Nine Luxury Apartment

              Manly Cloud Nine Luxury Apartment

              Manly, NSW
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach and Dee Why Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Manly Beach House $63
                Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019
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                Manly Beach House

                Manly Beach House

                179 Pittwater Road, Manly, NSW
                   
                  3.3 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  no washers in room only 1 towel no air conditioning little fan ok but should be mounted on self or ceiling fans