Manly: Gate­way to the North­ern Beaches


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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL WORLD-CHAM­PION surfer, Joel Parkin­son, gives us his top in­sider tips to Manly Beach, his per­fect ‘home away from home’.

You’re a reg­u­lar to Manly with the fam­ily. What do you love most? Manly is our favourite spot to stay when we come to Syd­ney, we love it. There is a great range of restau­rants and cafes, and plenty of things to do with­out los­ing the re­laxed “cool” coastal vibe.

As a fam­ily, we en­joy be­ing out­doors. Manly is lucky to have both an in­cred­i­ble surf beach and a har­bour beach, so there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one— surf­ing, stand-up pad­dle boarding, kayak­ing, snorkelling—it’s the per­fect place to do it all.

The kids love to cruise around Manly and go for a bike ride, so we gen­er­ally do this as a fam­ily. We’ll hire bikes and cy­cle along the beach­front down to Shelly Beach, and stop in at The Boathouse for a meal and a cof­fee.

My wife, Mon­ica, loves the coastal vibe and shop­ping, so gen­er­ally hits the small bou­tique stores dur­ing her stay.

What are you favourite surf spots?

The north­ern end of Queen­scliff beach is a favourite, or if the swell is pump­ing, Dead­mans near Fairy Bower.

What are your top five tips for ex­plor­ing Manly?

1. Catch the Manly ferry, as it’s such an iconic ride into the city.

2. Stretch out af­ter a surf at a Power Liv­ing yoga class.

3. Pop into the Bil­l­abong flag­ship store on Manly Corso.

4. Ex­plore the back streets and hid­den laneways of Manly, with al­ways some­thing new to dis­cover.

5. You can’t beat the cheese plate from Artisan Cheese Room—it’s a per­fect date night spot (and does take­away)!

For more on Manly Beach, see hel­ or @hel­loman­ly­of­fi­cial

Joel and fam­ily take a stroll around Manly. Photo: © Salty Dingo.

The Pantry Manly. Photo: © Salty Dingo.

Manly Kayak Cen­tre. Photo: © Salty Dingo.

Eco­tours Snor­kel­ing. Photo: © Salty Dingo.

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