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Manly Beach

Resplendent with golden sandy beaches, crystal blue seas perfect for swimming and surfing, and the best bars, shopping and views around. Welcome to Manly Beach.

Manly Beach may sound like an odd name, but it was actually named after the rather attractive, virile indigenous people who were first encountered in the pioneering days of Australia. The beach itself has also been something of a pioneer, being one of the first resorts in Australia where people could swim and surf. Today, the location is better known as a salubrious Sydney suburb offering an idyllic lifestyle to natives and visitors alike. If you’re looking for some of the best historical architecture Australia has to offer, some of the best beaches in the world, exquisite dining, indulgent shopping, or a good healthy bush walk, Manly Beach has really got it all.

Ferries literally take visitors right up to the beach at Manly Cove, which is perfect for families as the waters are gentle; perfect for leisurely swimming, fishing and sailing. Children will love to explore the rocky coves and pools in the cove. It’s also a perfect spot for picnic and something nice and chilled to drink.

If you are looking for more excitement on the water and you’re a surfing newbie, there are plenty of surf schools around the Manly Beach area that can teach you the art of catching a wave.

The suburb of Manly is full of quirky charm, yet not short on things to do. There are a number of ocean front pathways that are perfect for cycling. The Manly Art Gallery and Museum is packed with interesting exhibits, with a focus on work by local artists. North Head offers spectacular views over the entrance to Sydney Harbour.

If you’re travelling with children, there’s plenty to keep them occupied in the Manly Bay region as well. There are plenty of family-friendly play areas designed with children in mind in the area.

At night, there’s a great choice of upmarket pubs and restaurants offering delicious cuisine. For something a bit less formal, follow your nose to the Manly Fish Café where you can enjoy their irresistible fish and chips, reputed to be the best in the whole of Sydney, if not Australia.

Manly Wharf is a 30-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. It can also be accessed by bus, and metered 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 AU$214
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
     
    3.5 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).

    Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse AU$85
    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 Paradise Motel & Apartments AU$165
      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).

        The Outback Lodge Manly AU$68
        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.

          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 AU$105
            Manly Beachside Apartments

            Manly Beachside Apartments

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

              Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Beach and Manly Wharf. Shelly Beach and Taronga Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 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).

                Hotel Steyne AU$84
                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).