Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  New South Wales  /  Sydney  /  Beaches  /  Manly Beach

Manly Beach, Sydney

(5,500+ reviews on the web)
Beach
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.
Create a full Sydney itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Sydney

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Sydney by other users

3 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in South Pacific, Spain & Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Auckland, Sydney & Bali BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Average with expensive stores, restaurants and stores. However, the ferry ride is rather worth it as one has great views of the Bridge and Opera house  more »
  • Manly is an interesting beachside largish town nor far out of Sydney. Good ferry services operate from the city. Bus transport options also. Our interesting harbour cruise saw us deposited in Manly ju...  more »
  • Manly is must more relaxed than Bondi and is a fantastic beach with plenty of cafes and restaurants around it.  more »
Google
  • Best place to be and a good place to have fun with your kids. There are lots of shops there and u can buy stuff. Hope u have a great day at manly beach and have fun.
  • Gorgeous beach with ample spots to lay out a blanket and relax. Waves a bit rough for our toddler, but great for adults to surf. There are showers to rinse off on sidewalk and restrooms (toilets) in middle of beach - distant from on another but not difficult to reach.
  • One of the best beaches in Sydney ! So clean and the crowd is good ! Relaxing time on this beach is the best weekend :) The beach has small parks with swings and slides for children !
  • Big sandy beach with lifeguards. Quieter than Bondi, well worth the ferry over which also gives you views of the harbour. Lots of options for food and drink
  • Manly is amazing place winter just locals and a few travellers where you Bond friendships and in the summer its amazing to have so many happy people on holidays in a place others call home. More like a village than bondi. And lots of secrets places to find in nature