Manly: Gateway to the Northern Beaches
WORLD-CHAMPION SURFER JOEL PARKINSON OFFERS HIS GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MANLY
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)!
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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.