Manly Beach

A COS­MOPOLI­TAN SEA­SIDE VIL­LAGE

Where Sydney - - Explore Manly -

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.

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