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Manly Beach, Sydney

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Beach · Nature / Park
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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  • We were so fortunate with our timing here. We had chosen sydney as it had seemed quite a safe bet. We had booked a cute flat nearby to the beach but alas the lockdowns were starting and we had to cut....  more »
  • Manly is a Sydney suburb, on the Northern Beaches. It's famous for its surf beach. It's a great place to lie on the sand and laze away a warm day. Getting there is half the fun, the Manly Ferry is...  more »
  • Nice big clean beach but the sea looks dirty and it smells funky
  • Windy. Good but not exceptional

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