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Manly Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
4.5 out of 5
55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥21,666 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

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 Sydney Harbour National ...

4/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"We had the ocean view room. It was clean and spacious and was opposite the beach."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥11,636 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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 Sydney ...

4.1/5Very Good! (570 reviews)

"Friendly reception. Our room had nice view to the Manly beach. Minutes walking distance to beach, restaurants and shopping. Will definitely come back for more stays."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥6,981 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Manly, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (41 reviews)

"It’s in a good position though parking is difficult. We had to move the car every two hours from 8am. Room is tiny. There were no blankets just a sheet and light cover so we had to keep the heater on all night as it’s the middle of winter. Ok for a quick overnight overall. Like a youth hostel."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
4.5 out of 5
55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥21,666 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥11,636 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥6,981 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Surfways Executive Apartment at Manly Beach
Surfways Executive Apartment at Manly Beach
Sydney, NSW
Surfways Executive Apartment at Manly Beach
Beachfront 2 bed 2 Bath With Pool in the Heart of Manly
Beachfront 2 bed 2 Bath With Pool in the Heart of Manly
Sydney, NSW
Beachfront 2 bed 2 Bath With Pool in the Heart of Manly
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Manly Strand Holiday Apartment
Sydney, NSW
Manly Strand Holiday Apartment
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Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
96 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
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Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
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Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
Stay at Hotel Steyne
Stay at Hotel Steyne
3.5 out of 5
75 The Corso, Manly, NSW
The price is ¥8,695 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Stay at Hotel Steyne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.