Manly by the sea
You should plan to take the ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly by ferry for a great day out.
Once they said Manly was “Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care”.
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.
- ➜ TO SEE
- CABBAGE TREE BAY AND SHELLY BEACH COASTAL WALK
- VISIT A GREAT LITTLE ART GALLERY
- MANLY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
- STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE
- ➜ TO DO
- NORTHERN BEACHES HERITAGE TRAIL
- HERITAGE WALKS
- MANLY VILLAGE SCHOOL MARKETS
- MANLY MARKET PLACE
- MANLY WEST ORGANIC MARKETS
- MANLY BIKE TOURS
- MANLY BOAT & KAYAK CENTRE
- MANLY SNORKELING, WALK & TALK TOUR
- MANLY SURF CLUB
- MANLY SURF SCHOOL
- NORTH HEAD SANCTUARY
- WALKING TRAILS
- MANLY WHALE WATCHING
- ➜ EAT AND DRINK IN MANLY
- ➜ STAY IN MANLY
- ➜ SERVICES
- MANLY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
- MANLY FERRIES
- HOP, SKIP & JUMP BUS
- MANLY LIBRARY
- MORE ABOUT MANLY
- Discover more about Sydney…
➜ TO SEE
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 kilometres long and is great for swimming, surfing or windsurfing.
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.
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
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
➜ TO DO
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 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 BOAT & KAYAK CENTRE
1/40 East Esplanade Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 9976 5057
“We offer a unique and diverse range of water-based adventure activities on Sydney Harbour for those looking to kayak and SUP North Harbour.”
MANLY SNORKELING, WALK & TALK TOUR
MANLY SURF CLUB
Manly Surf Pavilion, South Steyne (corner Ashburner Street) Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 9977 2742
“Manly LSC is one of the oldest Surf Clubs in Australia and for a lot of people it is more than a surf club. This is because we represent in one of most emblematic beaches in Sydney some great values since 1903: beach safety, maintenance of the aquatic environment, education, training and performing those duties for better lifesavers and for better competitors and all in a fun, familiar and professional atmosphere.”
MANLY SURF SCHOOL
North Steyne Manly NSW 2095 Australia
Ph 02 9932 7000
NORTH HEAD SANCTUARY
North Head Scenic Drive Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 8969 2100
Visitor centre – North Fort, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW
“A nature refuge, bordered by dramatic cliffs, North Head Sanctuary, Manly, is located on the peninsula at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour.
This place holds significance to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, the Gayamagal people. As you explore the park’s coastal bushland, via dedicated walking and bike tracks, you’ll discover diverse flora and fauna, military fortifications from World War II and signs of the nation’s early quarantine practices. Were it not for the unspoiled harbour views, it would be hard to believe you are only 11km from Sydney’s CBD.”
MANLY WHALE WATCHING
➜ EAT AND DRINK IN MANLY
➜ STAY IN MANLY
MANLY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
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.
Sydney Ferries to Manly
My Fast Ferry
Ph 02 9583 1199
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
Market Place Manly NSW 2095
Ph 02 9976 1720
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