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Why visit Manly
Uniquely placed near the Sydney CBD without compromising on serenity and quiet Sunday mornings, Manly is the best of both worlds. Beloved by locals and visitors, Manly is home to some of Australia's best-known attractions like Manly Beach, Manly Corso, and the historical Quarantine Station. Manly, Sydney is also an ideal place to explore the rest of the northern beaches peninsula. Other popular beachside towns are within close driving distance, including Avalon, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Newport, Palm Beach and Whale Beach.
Best time to visit Manly
Manly is a beachside suburb in Sydney with an oceanic climate so temperatures are stable year-round. The best time to visit Manly is over summer (December to February) where average daytime temperatures are from the mid-20's to low-30's (degrees celsius). Manly can get busy during this time so visiting over late spring/early autumn is good for taking advantage of the warmer days with less crowds. There's still plenty to do if you visit over winter but average daytime temperatures range from the mid to high teens so it is too cold for swimming for most visitors.
Getting around Manly
There are no train stations in Manly however there are plenty of public buses to get you around Manly and to other sydney suburbs. You can travel the central area of Manly and the beaches by foot or bike. Manly Wharf is centrally located and offers public ferries that can take you to Circular Quay in Sydney, close to Sydney CBD. To hop on public transport, purchase an opal card with pre-loaded funds, or you can tap your credit or debit card. You cannot use cash on Sydney public transport.
What to do in Manly
Manly is a popular suburb in Sydney offering beautiful beaches, scenic walking tracks along the coast, and a central strip of trendy cafes and notable restaurants. Whether you're visiting in summer or winter, there's plenty to see and do in Manly from grabbing a beachfront coffee to learning to surf in the waves, or spotting echidnas and whales at North Head Lookout. Think pure and wholesome daytime activities with trendy and exciting night time activities.
Free things to do in Manly
Manly has beaches on both its western end and eastern end with a shopping and dining strip separating the two. To the south lies national parks with lookouts and walking trails. For those who like surfing or wave beaches, the eastern end of Manly is where you'll find the main beach - Manly Beach. To the right of Manly Beach, tucked away, is Shelly Beach. Here you'll find colourful reefs for snorkelling and scuba diving, and calmer waters. To the west end, lies Manly cove, close to the wharf and with little to no waves for those who prefer calm seas.
Take in the scenery on a walk
Manly's southern end is dominated by national parks and lookouts offering many scenic spots for nature lovers to revel in. For a walk that passes many of Manly's main attractions, such as Queenscliff and Shelly Beach, take the Manly lagoon to North Head walking track. A 10km loop, this walk is mainly flat and not classed as difficult. Once in the National Park, there are a number of walking tracks to take.
Fun things to do in Manly
Hire a kayak or stand up paddle board at the quieter Manly Cove and row over to idyllic secluded beaches or explore more of the harbour by sea. If you prefer the more popular side of Manly Beach, grab a surfboard and hit the waves or take surfing lessons with Manly Surf School. For those travelling with kids, head on over to Manly Surf'n'Slide for a water slide playground. A fun activity for kids during summer.
Ferry to Sydney CBD
Explore wider Sydney by jumping on a fast ferry from Manly Wharf to Circular Quay. Spend a day exploring Sydney harbour before returning to your beachfront accommodation in Manly, and falling asleep to the gentle sounds of lapping waves.
Where to eat & drink in Manly
Start your day with coffee and breakfast at The Pantry, overlooking Manly Beach, then stroll over to Kazzi Beach Greek at lunchtime for fresh Greek food minutes from the beach. Get takeaway and cross the road to Manly Beach for a beachside picnic. For dinner, you can't go past upmarket Japanese food at Sake, overlooking Manly Harbour or Sunset Sabi which sits along Pittwater Road, close to Manly Oval. Finish off your night at Manly Wharf Bar, just below Sake, for outdoor cocktails over the water.
Where to stay in Manly
When it comes time to plan your Manly holiday, you'll have plenty of Manly accommodation options. Whether you prefer a Manly hotel near the beach, near the local national park, or close to local cafes and restaurants, Accor has the perfect hotel for your Manly getaway.