Manly Beach, Sydney

4.6
#1 of 629 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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  • The weather was a bit gloomy. however there is still lots of people at the beach. So many shop with lots of souvenir along the walkway from the ferry terminal to the beach.  more »
  • We visited during a surfing event so it made it fun to watch. Also found an excellent restaurant right on the beach.  more »
  • My husband and I went to manly beach for a couple hours in the afternoon from Sydney. The beach is pretty. There were people surfing, swimming, and just enjoying the beach. If you don't want to.....  more »
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  • Nice big clean beach but the sea looks dirty and it smells funky
  • Windy. Good but not exceptional
  • The dream town for surfers and holidays vibes
  • It’s so crowded with so many people coming here and I’m guessing it’s hard to swim. I suppose there are more secluded beaches nearby if you want a dip. Lots of food and restaurants around though and it’s accessible by public transport.
  • Pretty special place! Especially the walk around to Shelly Beach.

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