Manly Beach stands as one of the best places to experience Australian beach culture. Captain Arthur Phillip gave the sandy area its name based on his perception of the masculine behavior of the indigenous people he met when he arrived in 1788. Now the long sandy beaches also are home to trendy shops and nightclubs. If you want activity, try surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. If you prefer leisure, enjoy a picnic on the sheltered beach of Manly Cove. Only 11 km (7 mi) from downtown Sydney, the beach is easily accessible from Circular Quay via regular ferry or fast catamaran. Plan to see Manly Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sydney road trip planner .
Manly Beach Reviews
We LOVED Manly Beach! We were there for NYE and it wasn't too terribly crowded. We got there around 11 each day and still were able to get rental lounge chairs and umbrella. The water was super cold t... more »
Beautiful beach but massive amounts of tourists on the main streets and the beach. Lots of screaming babies, etc. some very nice places once you get off of the main streets. Nice for a very quick ferr... more »
I have been coming to Australia every two years since the mid 1990’s, and Manly Beach is always a required visit at least once. It is beautiful, family friendly, plenty to do for everyone, and has lots of shopping and food options. It doesn’t have that sleazy beach town feel that some beach towns get. It has a special charm. Sorry I don’t have a lot of photos. All my photos have my family in them, and I don’t want to post those.
Such an awesome beach ..... beautiful golden sand, great ocean view and fantastic surfing waves. I enjoyed more than Bodi and the Gold Coast I also enjoyed the walking/cyclist tracks with the awesome tree line The beach offers variety of activities and is surrounded by lots of cafes and restaurants with some shopping areas and flea markets I highly recommend this place and hope that you will enjoy it as well
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