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Manly Beach, Sydney

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sydney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Manly Beach and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is just a short ferry ride from Sydney and it is totally worth it! Manly is a wonderful beach lined with shops and restaurants. It wasn't overly crowded when we went so we really got to appreciate ...  more »
  • Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manley Beach. This takes around 30 mins. Once you get there, exit the station and cross the road, and the beach is at the end of the street. There are plenty of sh...  more »
  • We have really enjoyed Manly. The beach is excellent and there are shops and lots of restaurants to choose from as well as bars for a casual drink. Plenty of space for teenagers to hang out so that pa...  more »
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  • I do not understand the fuzz about Bondi... Why is it that manly is not THE place to go when in Sidney? You want a nice beach? yes! You want plenty of very nice restaurants? Yes You want good access to/from Sydney? Yes -via ferry-. you want to simply walk in nice streets? Come over. I had no idea this place existed and i do not regret a bit having made the trip!
  • I prefer Bondi, which is much bigger but that's the matter of personal preference. It is easy to get there via Ferry from Circular Quay and later take some dinner in harbour. In general it was a good
  • Beautiful beach that is good for surfing and swimming. There are a lot of shops, restaurants and cafes around. You can access it easily with ferry and rent a surf for $ 15 for 2 h! There is also a lot of guards around so it's really safe.
  • Really interesting beach as far as the contrast of the beach side with the large pine trees. VERY safe. The lifeguards are all over it with when to be in and out of the water and where's safe to swim/surf. We also did the 9km walk from the Spit to Manly that was great!
  • Ok, if you go to Manly, you definitely have to go to the cliffs. It's pretty close to manly beach, probably you will spend 10 min walking but the view from there is amazing. Anyway, Manly is a wonderful place to go and have a coffee in the afternoon or just to sit and look the guys surfing! My favourite place in Sydney...until now hehe