Manly Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is one of Sydney’s most popular and scenic seaside playgrounds.
Millions of visitors head to Manly every year to swim, surf, snorkel, dive, kayak, sunbathe, picnic, party, and have fun in the sun with buckets and spades.
There’s plenty happening off the beach too, with loads of shops, funky boutiques, markets, great restaurants, cool bars and friendly pubs with live music in Manly township.
Manly Beach Action
If it’s anything to do with the sea, sand and surf, then it’s bound to be happening at Manly Beach.
You can get lessons from experts in sailing, surfing and beach volleyball. If you already know how to hang ten but don’t bring your board with you, you can hire one. You can also hire a boat, bike, skateboard, kayak, and SCUBA gear from various outlets at Manly Beach.
Looking for an adrenalin rush? Then you’ve come to the right place. From Manly Beach you can go deep sea fishing on a charter boar, experience an awesome wave jumping adventure, go parasailing (summer only), cruise the harbour, and dive the famous Manly Marine Reserve.
If you’d rather meet sharks in an aquarium, head to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary for close encounters with a wide variety of animals, including giant rays, sea turtles, and hundreds of tropical fish.
Manly Beach for Landlubbers
There are over 100 kilometres of picturesque walking trails near Manly Beach. One of the best spots to go walking is Manly’s wild North Head Sanctuary where there are massive cliffs with huge views.
If you fancy a bigger walking adventure, the Manly Spit Walk is unbeatable. It takes around two and a half hours one way, with a return trip by bus from the Spit Bridge back to Manly. This fabulous walk takes you along the coastline, with numerous idyllic swimming and picnic spots en route.
Manly has fun places to cycle, too, with around 20 kilometres of local bike trails, including the cycle track from Manly to beautiful Fairy Bower.
Getting to Manly Beach
Yes, you can drive or take a bus. But if you’re heading to Manly Beach from the other side of Sydney then you must catch the iconic Manly Ferry from Circular Quay. The scenic trip across the harbour to Manly Beach takes around thirty minutes.
When you disembark, head to the Manly Visitor Information Centre on Manly Wharf to get a map and check out what events, gigs and festivals are on at Manly Beach.
Check out Manly restaurants, bars and events at TimeOut Manly.