Manly Beach

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Manly Beach showing swimming, a coastal town and boating

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.

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Top Hotels Close to Manly Beach

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥16,359 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Manly, this beachfront motel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Shelly Beach and Sydney Harbour National ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (578 reviews)
"Great position to everything in Manly. Staff friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
4.5 out of 5
8-13 South Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥20,176 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Nestled on the beach, this Manly hotel is just steps from South Steyne Beach and Manly Beach. Fairy Bower Beach and Manly Wharf are also within 10 minutes.
4.2/5 Excellent! (662 reviews)
"Location was the best. Hotel was tired and noisy."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
4.5 out of 5
55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥25,629 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Harbord Beach and Shelly Beach are also within ...
4/5 Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Our room was nice and spacious, and had a great view overlooking the southern end of the beach, even though we didn't upgrade to the ocean view. The fan in the bathroom looked pretty antiquated and was quite noisy all night, and whilst the bed was very comfortable, the pillows were too firm for our ..."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
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Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥9,290 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
4.5 out of 5
8-13 South Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥20,176 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
4.5 out of 5
55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥25,629 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥16,359 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
96 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
Manly Ocean Royale Resort
Manly Ocean Royale Resort
Sydney, NSW
Manly Ocean Royale Resort
Manly Waves Studios & Apartments
Manly Waves Studios & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
46 Malvern Avenue, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥13,638 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Manly Waves Studios & Apartments
Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
Sydney, NSW
Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
Manly's Hidden Gem
Manly's Hidden Gem
3 out of 5
5 Smith Street, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥10,906 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Manly's Hidden Gem
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