Go for a walk in the na­tional park

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Aside from the fa­mous Spit Bridge-to-Manly walk, there are plenty of other places to wan­der across the Manly penin­sula. The most spec­tac­u­lar is the 9.5-kilo­me­tre Manly Scenic Walk­way route from Manly to North Head (north­ern­beaches.nsw.gov.au). Although it’s only about 20 kilo­me­tres from cen­tral Sydney, North Head in Sydney Har­bour Na­tional Park is pure bush­walk, with the odd CBD skyscraper pop­ping up in the dis­tance to re­mind you of where you are. Keep an eye out for lit­tle pen­guins (Manly is home to the only known main­land breed­ing colony in NSW), echid­nas and wa­ter dragons. With views of Sydney Heads, you might also see whales, as it’s one of the best whale-watch­ing spots in the city. Fol­low the signs to Q Sta­tion (qs­ta­tion.com. au) to check out what was once the “El­lis Is­land of Aus­tralia”, the first port of call for some im­mi­grants. The for­mer quar­an­tine sta­tion is now a ho­tel and runs ghost tours.

Stand-up pad­dle­board­ing off Shelly Beach

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