Manly: Gateway to the Northern Beaches
A COSMOPOLITAN SEASIDE VILLAGE
MANLY BEACH, SYDNEY is the spiritual birthplace of Australian surfing, where beachside village and a cosmopolitan hub collide. Less than 30 minutes on-board the iconic Manly ferry from the CBD, it’s the perfect backdrop of coastal beaches on one side of the peninsula and serene sandy coves and inlets on the other.
Manly’s concealed location makes it one of Sydney’s hidden gems, but the secret’s out with visitors flocking to enjoy over 200 stores, 150 cafés, bars, and restaurants, 40 different beaches and 30 outdoor activities. With endless options to escape or immerse yourself in the crowds, enjoy the simple pleasures of this small, tranquil town.
With the sun still shining and the beaches less crowded, Manly is still a bustling beautiful place to get active. Time to get outdoors with family and friends and see all Manly has to offer by hiring a bike and taking a scenic ride to North Head, rollerblade the beach front or snorkel the calm waters of Shelly Beach. For those cooler days, stay cosy by taking the kids to Manly’s SEA LIFE Sanctuary to discover the local sea life of Manly. Go for a 30-minute stroll to warm you up with a Manly walking tour from the Information Centre and get to know where the hidden gems of Manly are and where the locals go!
Calling all food lovers! Be spoiled for choice on where to stop and refuel with more than 150 delectable restaurants and cafés offering everything from fish and chips to gourmet meals, with both beach or harbour views on offer. Take a stroll down secret laneways for hidden small bars and funky eateries, or explore open air markets every weekend, on Sydney Road Plaza—just off The Corso. Whatever the craving, you’ll find it in Manly.
Can you picture it, yet? Glistening sand, small harbour, endless beaches, and quaint town. From the enchanting ferry ride, beautiful ocean and harbour views to an adventure filled day to experience all Manly’s natural beauty and seaside charm. Escape reality and come visit this sandy wonderland.
WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER
■ In its 24th year, the Manly Arts Festival, from 8–24 September, brings together a broad range of exciting events including musicians visual artists and dance performers across multiple venues. ■ Get your jazz hands ready for the return of the Manly Jazz Festival from 30 September–2 October. Stages will be set up along the Manly Beachfront and throughout The Corso, with a range of bands from Jazz, Swing, Latin and Roots—all live and free! ■ Explore #sydneysbestkeptsecret Q Station located at the historic site of the former Quarantine Station at North Head. Book a historical tour, enjoy a meal at Boilerhouse restaurant or for the more brave souls, experience a Ghost Tour and uncover some hidden secrets! See hellomanly.com.au for more!
Q Station. Photo: Destination NSW.
Manly Jazz Festival.
Manly Cove. Photo: Destination NSW.