Manly: Gate­way to the North­ern Beaches


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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.


■ 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.

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