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Manly: Sydney’s Natural Playground

Only a short drive or scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay, Manly is a coveted holiday destination for Sydneysiders and has impressed both local and international visitors since the mid-1800s. Travellers seeking an escape from Sydney’s hustle and bustle will appreciate Manly’s slower pace of life. Acting as a gateway to the Northern Beaches, Manly boasts kilometres of uninterrupted oceanways, a national park teeming with endangered species and plenty of postcard-perfect cliff top views of the Sydney CBD. Stay at a holiday home or apartment right in town to absorb this easy-going, truly Australian atmosphere.

Manly’s Beaches

From Queenscliff to North Steyne and Manly Beach, the seaside town harbours a series of consecutive beaches. On the other side of the town’s eponymous main beach, you can visit the area’s rock pools for an alternative oceanfront swim. A favourite family spot is Shelly Beach, which is protected from the ocean’s swell by reefs near the coast. Fire up the public BBQs or a have a picnic on the grassy foreshore to refuel, before or after a quiet swim or snorkel. Surfers can bring their boards over to Freshwater Beach, which is patrolled. From Manly Beach, you can walk along the sand to Fairy Bower and Shelly Beaches.

Exploring Manly

To best discover Manly, hit the coast’s walking trails and cycling paths. Manly Bike Tours not only organises guided group expeditions but also features bicycles for hire, so you can venture out on your own, aided by the provided area map. With over 20 trails to explore on foot or by bike, travellers can ride up to the cliff tops for panoramic views of the ocean and distant Sydney CBD or enjoy a more leisurely pace by the beach and through town. Walk or hike to cliff top lookouts during whale migration season (May to November) for a chance to spot these large marine mammals frolicking in the water below. A popular path will take you around Shelly Beach’s headland, from which you can admire sweeping vistas of North Head and the Northern Beaches.

More Exploring: Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park consists of lush foreshores and parts of islands surrounding the harbour, of which the Manly reserve is the biggest. Discover secluded beaches and waterfalls, or keep an eye out for little blue penguins on the shore, part of the only colony in New South Wales. Birdwatchers will enjoy spending some time in the reserve, which is home to over 150 species. And anyone seeking picture perfect views can walk or drive up to North Head at sunset to take in panoramic ocean and city vistas across the water. The Fairfax Walk contours North Head and offers three lookout points.

Families in Manly

There’s something for children of all ages in Manly. To learn about the underwater world and current conservation efforts, pay a visit to the Sea Life Sanctuary. The centre hosts the world’s first Shark Dive Xtreme experience, where you can go diving amidst sharks, stingrays and turtles. The attraction is safe for people with little to no diving experience, so get ready for the thrill of a lifetime! Perhaps a less nerve-wracking family activity involves visiting Manly’s weekend Arts and Crafts Market, where you can buy everything from fashion by local designers to photography, jewellery and homemade body care products. Finally, introduce the kids to surfing at Manly Surf School offers lessons specifically designed for children.

Getting to Manly: Take the Ferry

Your Manly holidays begin the second you step onto the ferry that will carry you across Sydney’s harbour. In fact, the ferry journey is often cited as a popular Sydney attraction in its own right. Spend half-an-hour on the open deck, taking in the harbour’s islands and the world famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The ferry is extremely affordable and gives harbour sightseeing cruises a run for their money. Of course, you can drive to Manly- but taking the ferry is more fun!

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An ideally located apartment for sightseeing and getting around Sydney. Excellent value for money

5 of 5
An ideally located apartment for sightseeing and getting around Sydney. Excellent value for money with a warm welcome and help to get settled in quickly. The décor in the apartment and the kitchenette equipment is tired but adequate . Given other reviews we found there was little noise from the road even with the window open .
  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

This is a very good location. Walk to Darling Harbour and nice restaurants in the neighborhood just

4 of 5
This is a very good location. Walk to Darling Harbour and nice restaurants in the neighborhood just around the corner. Late check in was easy. We did enjoy the property and because of location I would recommend it. We have stayed in many places around the world through similar services so I always think that I should give honest feedback especially when an easy fix could make the place a bit better. These are not reasons not to stay here - just a few thoughts. Main bath could use new taps. Very hard to turn on and off with wet hands due to design. Need more chairs for the dining table (only 2 provided) and needs a couple of tables in the lounge. Nowhere to put a drink when sitting in the lounge. We used a bench as a table that I think was meant to serve as extra seating for the dining table but had to move it between the two spaces each time. Face cloths would be nice. The second bedroom night table lamp doesn't work on one side - just a bulb I think. I would reorient the bed in that room as the noise from the street is loud and it's a bit drafty with the head of the bed being directly up against the large window. Only one set of keys was available. We were two couples wanting to do some separate activities and having only one set of keys was inconvenient. We would stay again if some of these were remedied but also really good value for location. Questions we had were answered quickly thoughout out stay by host.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017