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 crowds, enjoy the simple pleasures of this small, tranquil town.
Autumn has now arrived, with perfect temperatures why not hire a bike and explore picturesque North Head, or perhaps a leisurely walk along the Manly to Spit scenic walkway is more your scene. The Hello Manly Booking & Information Centre offers 30-minute walking tours, with the most knowledgeable local volunteers.
With water temperatures near perfect at this time of year, why not hire a snorkel and head around to Shelly Beach—you may be lucky enough to spot a Groper or even our resident turtle. At the north end of Manly Beach there’s also a 50-metre ocean pool, great for the whole family to enjoy.
Don’t forget about our local Arts and Crafts Market every Saturday and Sunday held in Sydney Road Plaza, just steps from the beach. You will find loads of one of a kind knick knacks, clothing and souvenirs.
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 APRIL
■ Mid-april will see school holidays underway. Why not pop the kids into a surfing camp down at North Steyne. Prices start at $50 for 1.5 hours. Jump onto the website for further details hellomanly.com.au ■ What about a day out at Taronga Zoo? Pop in to Hello Manly Booking and Information Centre located at the entrance to Manly Wharf and grab a ticket, which includes your entry into the zoo and a return direct ferry from Manly. Only $50 for adults and $30 for kids aged 4–14, what a bargain!
Photo: Elan Rohloff/destination NSW. Manly Visitor Information Centre.