Manly: Gate­way to the North­ern Beaches

A COS­MOPOLI­TAN SEA­SIDE VIL­LAGE

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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 Live like a lo­cal, ex­plore like a tourist with in­side in­for­ma­tion on all things Manly at the Book­ing & In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. Hello Manly is a ‘one stop shop’ for vis­i­tors, trav­ellers and lo­cals look­ing for souvenirs, event in­for­ma­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion and tours for Manly and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. Pop in and say hello and let the crew do all the work for you! Or jump onto hel­lomanly.com.au and check out ev­ery­thing Aus­tralia’s pre­mier sea­side vil­lage has to of­fer! Visit Hello Manly for in­for­ma­tion, maps, brochures, book­ings, ac­com­mo­da­tion, souvenirs, dis­counts, and free wifi. crowds, en­joy the sim­ple plea­sures of this small, tran­quil town.

Sum­mer has now ar­rived, with sun­nier days and day­light sav­ings cre­at­ing per­fect balmy evenings. 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. Take the kids to Manly’s SEA LIFE Sanc­tu­ary to dis­cover the lo­cal sea life. Go for a 30-minute stroll 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 DE­CEM­BER

■ Look­ing for a fam­ily friendly place to watch the New Year’s Eve fire­works dis­play? What bet­ter place to spend it than down at Manly Cove. Grab a pic­nic and head to The East or West Es­planade. Kids can play in the sand, or have a dip in the wa­ter whilst wait­ing for the 9pm fire­works spec­tac­u­lar, or book a ta­ble at over eight wa­ter­front venues! ■ Want­ing some­where to cool off this sum­mer? Or need some­where to en­ter­tain the kids for a few hours? Look no fur­ther than Manly Surf n Slide. With heated wa­ter and sev­eral slides to choose from, prices start at $20 for an hour of slid­ing fun! Open daily from 10am to 5pm in the school hol­i­days. Note rid­ers must be min­i­mum 110cm to ride the slides. ■ Don’t miss your last chance to visit the iconic Manly SEA LIFE Sanc­tu­ary. Clos­ing its doors for the last time early next year, make sure you head on down to say good­bye. Grab your dis­counted tick­ets from Hello Manly Book­ing and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, adult tick­ets at kid’s prices! See hel­lomanly.com.au for more!

Manly Ferry passes through Manly Cove. Photo: Des­ti­na­tion NSW.

Hu­gos. Manly Surf n Slide.

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