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.
Spring is now in full swing, with sunnier days and daylight savings just around the corner, Manly is a great place to get outdoors with the family and take in all that 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 OCTOBER
■ Looking for something fun and a little bit different to entertain the little ones these school holidays? Pop into the information centre and grab tickets to the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Catch a look at the baby seahorses, visit penguin cove or for the daring—book a shark dive!
■ For tech minded kids, book a session at Tinkertank for robotics building, coding and much more.
■ 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!
Q Station. Photo: Destination NSW.