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Manly Beach

Last updated: 04 April, 2024

Manly Beach is perhaps second only to Bondi in terms of global fame, but since it lies on the North Shore of Sydney Harbour has its own unique charms – and unlike Bondi there is plenty of street parking. Flanked by Norfolk pine trees, this 1.5km-long strip of golden sand is family-friendly, suitable for surfers and swimmers.

While you’re there

The beach offers regular, manageable surf breaks – great for beginner and pro surfers alike; many of Australia’s top surfers learnt their craft here. The local surf school offers a wide range of courses for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Kids’ classes start at five years and up. Adult students can choose from group lessons, one-on-one lessons, elite training or day-long surfing tours along the Northern Beaches.


Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 0+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Fast (and slower) ferries depart every few minutes from Circular Quay. It’s a very scenic 20-minute ferry ride across the harbour, then a short walk from the ferry stop to the beach. Driving via the Bridge takes about 40 minutes from the city.

The tradition on day trips to Manly is get take-away fish and chips to eat on the beach. It’s standardfare, but how often do you get to eat on the beach? Note: chippies are ubiquitous here.

When to do it

Sydney’s beaches are a delight any time of the year, but the water is quite chilly from August to September.

Who to go with: organised tours


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Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide

  • Sydney

Enjoy a relaxed 2.5 hour snorkeling and walking tour at Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve in Manly, just a short hop from Sydney. This morning or afternoon tour gives both beginning and experienced snorkelers a chance to see some of the diverse marine life of Australia, launching right off the beach into calm waters with a variety of marine life. Your guide also takes your small-group, limited to 8 people, on a short walk on the headlands where you get great views of the Northern Beaches.

Price A$109

Min age 0

Rating 4.78 / 5 [197 ratings]

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