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.
Manly Beach reviews
It is my favorite beach, when I visit Sydney it's a must to make a trip to Manly at least once. It's a wonderful place with a nice pedestrian zone, beautiful beaches and walkways. It is part of a... more »
Every trip to Sydney, we make at least a few trips over to Manly by ferry. Arriving in Manly Cove is lovely and protected swimming beaches. Walk through the main mall to Manly Beach which is... more »
Nice big clean beach but the sea looks dirty and it smells funky
Windy. Good but not exceptional
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