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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. Plan to see Manly Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sydney road trip planner.
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  • I booked 7 rooms and was not told that the Sebel Manly did not have 24 hour check in. My guests arrived to find a locked up hotel room and an answering service that would not provide the name and...  more »
  • We caught the Manly Ferry from the Bridge which was about a 25 minute trip with some good photo opportunities along the way. Cost $9 each The April temperature was 25 deg C, very comfortable for a...  more »
  • caught the ferry over to Manly. Nice trip, walked down to the beach area just to see it. Looked lovely and clean and not over crowded.  more »
  • 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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