Well, the same goes for today.
Manly is surrounded by more than 20 beaches, bays, and coves including the iconic Manly Beach. There are beautiful hidden natural spots, breathtaking National Parks, Aboriginal Sites, and historic landmarks. All just this is just a 30-minute scenic ferry ride from Sydney’s downtown CBD.
Manly is on a peninsula bounded by the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour and is where most visitors start their exploration of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The Manly ferry wharf is in the middle of the bay on the harbourside. You’ll find the wharf is busy during the week with commuters and with tourists and visitors on the weekends.
Manly has over 150 bars and restaurants, with plenty to see and do. There are tours, land and water-based activities, outdoor markets and shopping malls. Plus there is a stunning choice of places to stay for your Sydney seaside getaway.
The first thing to do is call into the Manly Visitor Information Centre on Wharf Forecourt.
The friendly people there will help you to find anything you need and importantly their local knowledge will make sure you don’t miss the best things to see and do.
Manly Wharf Forecourt
Ph 02 9976 1430
It all started in 1877 when the Port Jackson Steamship Company Limited was formed. After several takeovers, it was eventually taken over by the State Government and is now part of Sydney Ferries. MORE INFO
Sydney Ferries to Manly
A short walk along The Corso, Manly’s main street will take directly to the Manly ocean beach. The beach is lined with old Norfolk Pines and the flat walkway extends from the southern end at South Steyne, in the middle, North Steyne onto the northern end known as Queenscliff. All three are patrolled by lifesavers during summer. The beach is 3 kilometers long and is great for swimming, surfing or windsurfing.
Photo © Jason Tong
To the south, past the Manly Surf Pavilion and Surf Club is a walk you should not miss. The waterside path takes past Cabbage Tree Bay and onto Shelly Beach. It’s just stunning.
CABBAGE TREE BAY AND SHELLY BEACH COASTAL WALK
Cabbage Tree Bay is on the way to Shelly Beach and this first section of the 2km beachfront stroll allows you to explore this wonderful marine enclave. It is mostly wheelchair and pram-friendly too. INFO
Along the way past the historic Fairy Bower baths, you’ll see glimpses of Cabbage Tree Bay’s unique marine life, its animals, and history through sculptures. When you get to Shelly beach continue on and up to the lookout on the headland. It’s well worth the extra effort for the view. INFO
VISIT A GREAT LITTLE ART GALLERY
On the harbourside, there are sheltered beaches on either side of the ferry wharf. On the northern side (to the left as you leave the wharf) is the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. (MAG&M)
MANLY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly, NSW, 2095
(PO Box 82, Manly, NSW 1655)
Ph 02 9976 1420
Open Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
A picturesque 4 minute walk from Manly Wharf.
STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE
Star of the Sea Theatre is located near the northern end of Manly Beach at Queenscliff, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue. Parking is available at the northern end of the beach or in the surrounding streets.
Ph Mitchell Smith Theatre Manager 02 9977 5144 or 0403 453 077
Video © Terry McGregor
THE CORSO COLLECTION
When you explore the Corso you will find an excellent collection of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and eateries from breakfast to late at night. The Corso is the focal point of tourist Manly with popular surf shops, pubs, cafes, galleries, and street entertainment.
4 PINES BEER
4F/9-13 Winbourne Rd Brookvale NSW 2100
Ph 02 90992720
Sample this local hero at:
Brew Pub Manly
29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
And a little north:
Truck Bar Brookvale
4F/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
And up the northern beaches:
Public House Newport
313 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport NSW 2106
NORTHERN BEACHES HERITAGE TRAIL
Heritage is something that has survived through generations and illustrates the growth and development of the area. It demonstrates a link between a community and its past and it can be a park or garden, building, or remnant. Northern Beaches Council offers a range of services to protect and conserve our heritage. MORE INFO
On these walks, you can take a stroll along the coast to discover shipwreck sites, go a little inland to explore our industrial and sports history, see the brickworks and old tram shed. MORE INFO
MANLY VILLAGE SCHOOL MARKETS
Darley Road Manly NSW 2095
Ph 0435 610 675
30 years old, and an eclectic mix of stalls, the Manly Village School markets are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month as a fundraiser for the school. One block off the Corso in Manly, 150 stalls selling just about anything/everything you can think of!
MANLY MARKET PLACE
Sydney Road Manly NSW 2095
Ph 0435 388 410
Every Saturday and Sunday except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Years Day. Open 9am to 5pm September to April and 9am to 4.30pm May to August.
The Manly Village Public School Markets for bric-a-brac and specialty craft stalls, to homemade jams and fresh nuts from nearly 100 stalls
MANLY WEST ORGANIC MARKETS
Manly West Primary School, Hill St, Balgowlah NSW 2093
Bringing superb food to the community by supporting Australian growers and producers.
MANLY BIKE TOURS
Shop 6, 54 West Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 8005 7368
Manly is a very bike-friendly area with extended bike lanes around the area. There are over 20km of dedicated bike paths and trails in Manly. You can contact Manly Visitor Information Centre on (02) 9976 1430 to book or for more details about the bike tours.
MANLY SURF CLUB
Manly Surf Pavilion, South Steyne (corner Ashburner Street) Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 9977 2742
The Club offers Museum tours by appointment and welcomes schools and groups.
NORTH HEAD SANCTUARY
North Head Scenic Drive Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 8969 2100
The perfect Sydney waterfront dining experience Manly Wharf offers you a choice of waterfront restaurants serving fresh seafood or modern Australian cuisine, all with stunning harbour views.
FISH AND CHIPS – A MANLY TRADITION
There is something about being by the beach and the smell of salt air. It creates this great desire to have fish and chips. There is nothing like freshly cooked hot greasy battered fish with chips and lots of salt. Yum!
Unfortunately, the seagulls think the same and have become a real pest around Sydney’s waterfronts including Manly. It is a bad idea to feed the seagulls. With only a little encouragement they will take over your nice spot and raid your food. Apart from that, they do carry disease and if they land on your food don’t eat it.
The Manly tourism people list these places to buy your grease and salt hit (or healthy options if you are good). Please email us if you know of other places or tell us what is your favourite place to eat and we’ll add it to our list.
Garfish 1/39 E Esplanade, Manly
The Herring Room 94 Pittwater Rd, Manly
Fishmongers Shop 4, 11-27 Wentworth Street Rialto Square, Manly
Manly Ocean Foods 108 The Corso, Manly
Manly Fish Market Shop 1, 27 Wentworth Street, Manly
The Bower 7 Marine Parade, Manly
The Pantry Ocean Promenade, North Steyne, Manly
Fishbowl Sashimi Bar 2C Darley Rd, Manly
Manly Wharf Hotel Manly Wharf/ East Esplanade, Manly
101 ADDISON ROAD B&B
101 Addison Rd, Manly, 2095
Ph 0401 018 989
IVANHOE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
10 Birkley Rd, Manly, 2095
Ph 02 9977 6474
MANLY BEACH VIEW B&B
37 Kangaroo St, Manly, 2095
Ph 02 9977 7520
MANLY LODGE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
22 Victoria Parade, Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 9977 8655
54A West Esplanade, Manly 2095
Ph 1800 334 033 or 02 9976 4600
SYDNEY BEACH HOUSE YHA
4 Collaroy St, Collaroy Beach NSW 2097
Ph 02 9981 1177
TRAVEL LODGE MANLY WARRINGAH MOTEL
4/10 Victor Rd, Brookvale NSW
Ph 1300 886 886
HOP, SKIP & JUMP BUS
Council also runs the Hop, Skip & Jump community bus service seven days per week through the suburbs of Manly, Fairlight, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf and Seaforth. INFO
NORTHERN BEACHES PUBLIC WI-FI
Thanks to Northern Beaches Council here is a list of wifi spots that you can access.
PUBLIC WIFI SPOTS