Manly Beach, Sydney

4.4
#1 of 479 in Beaches in Australia
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 .
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  • October 12, 2017
    We took the ferry to Manly Beach. We normally do not go shopping at the little tourist stores, but for some reason, my husband went wild! He bought some great hats, a wallet and more, like a kid in a ...  more »
  • October 12, 2017
    We went on a Tuesday (10th) on the 2nd ferry over and it was not very busy. It’s a nice beach side community with a variety of stores to shop and restaurants or cafes to eat. We were pleasantly surpri...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Manly is slightly less crowded than the other beaches around Sydney. It's nice that you can take a ferry to Manly which is free on Sundays (the queues are insane!). Worth a look. It's a nice beach tow...  more »
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  • September 2, 2017
    One of the best beaches in Sydney! Great to Walk from Queenscliff round to Shelley. Watch out for Bluebottles if the wind blows them in - can give you a nasty sting!
  • May 25, 2017
    Such a Wonderfull place. I have been the first time with the rain but it was gorgeous, so i decided to come back in a sunny day. Great decision, it was really nice!
  • August 29, 2017
    I went there expecting to increase my manliness, but while there I had no outward signs of greater buffness or cooler facial hair. Other than the false advertising, it was a very beautiful beach.
  • June 6, 2017
    Even in the winter, the rich golden sand and temperate waters are inviting - some local teens at least weren't put off! Nicely kept beach frontage, vast expanse of sand and some decent [not overpriced] places to eat and shop in Manly close by
  • August 20, 2017
    Gr9 Beach, but false advertisement, not nearly manly enough, I saw leik 30000 grillz there. Would give 0 starz if I could

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