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 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.