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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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  • Took a return ferry (15 A$) for a day trip to Manly. Strolled along shops and bistros in the pedestian zone. Quiet atmosphere, Came back on the ferry after sunset and got an ourstanding view of Sydney...  more »
  • This was a short 30 minute ferry ride from Sydney, and it was a great day trip. We rented a bike and went to Sydney Harbour National Park. The beach was much less crowded then Bondi and just as beauti...  more »
  • Beautiful beach with promenade and movement. On this beach you can visit the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, small but very well structured.
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  • 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

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