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Manly Beach

Take one of Sydney's most popular ferry rides to discover calm coves and surf beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping and spectacular views.

Manly Beach was named after the strikingly healthy and handsome indigenous people who first lived in the area. Back in 1903, it was one of the first seaside resorts to allow daylight swimming and surfing. These days, Manly is an upmarket Sydney suburb by the water, offering fine beaches, heritage architecture, shopping, dining, and bush walks. The ferry journey alone, from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf, is a must-do Sydney experience.

If you’re traveling with little ones or prefer gentle waters, step straight from the ferry onto the sand of Manly Cove. This harbor-side beach is perfect for leisurely swimming, fishing or sailing. Explore the rocky coves and tidal pools or unroll a picnic blanket; protected Manly Cove is a great option when the onshore winds are blowing.

For wave action, head across The Corso to famous Manly Beach, which is patrolled by surf lifesavers year-round. If you’ve never tried surfing, book a lesson at one of the surf schools and catch the waves at what is thought to be the birthplace of Australian surfing.

When you’re not soaking up the sun, the suburb of Manly is picturesque and offers lots to do. Rent a bicycle and explore the many oceanfront bike paths. Stop by Manly Art Gallery and Museum, renowned for its collection of Australian ceramics and paintings by local artists. Head up the hill to North Head and take in the spectacular views over the entrance to Sydney Harbour, and then back to the city.

For the kids, the area is dotted with well-equipped playgrounds, and in the evenings the Manly Surf Club is a great place for a relaxed family meal or a drink. Upscale pubs, restaurants serving “mod-Oz” (modern Australian) cuisine, juice bars and coffee shops are plentiful in Manly. If you’re in the mood for a more classic dish, look no further than the Manly Fish Café. This is one of the longest running seafood restaurants in the area and the café’s fish and chips are legendary.

From Circular Quay, enjoy the 30-minute ferry ride to Many Wharf. Buses also run between downtown Sydney and Manly, and plenty of metered car parking is available.

Popular Activities at Manly Beach

Want to make your time spent at Manly Beach even more memorable? Remember to try out some of these activities:

Your next big adventure is right in front of you! You might want to try out a Manly Beach & Sunset Cruise or a 5-Day Sydney & Surrounds Backpacker Adventure Tour.

For even more activities, check out our Sydney things to do page.


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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific ¥14,242
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    With direct access to the beach, this Manly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach, and Shelly Beach. Curl Curl Beach and Warringah Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments ¥11,976
    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

    54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manly, this beachfront motel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach, and Shelly Beach. Curl Curl Beach and Warringah Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse ¥5,503
      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

      6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

        96 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach and Dee Why Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Manly Beachside Apartments ¥8,092
          Manly Beachside Apartments

          Manly Beachside Apartments

          29 Pittwater Road, Manly, NSW
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Manly, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach and Taronga Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            The Outback Lodge Manly ¥5,535
            The Outback Lodge Manly

            The Outback Lodge Manly

            5 Smith Street, Manly, NSW
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the Strip, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) away.

              Hotel Steyne ¥5,768
              Hotel Steyne

              Hotel Steyne

              75 The Corso, Manly, NSW
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Shelly Beach and North Head Quarantine Station are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Pine Court Apartments
                Pine Court Apartments

                Pine Court Apartments

                6 Pine Street, Manly, NSW
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach and Dee Why Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).