Manly Travel Guide

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Manly Things to Do

  • Manly Beach

    Manly is one of the popular beaches in the Sydney area and one of my favorites. I first came to this beach during my first trip to Sydney in 2007 and since then we have returned every visit.The beach itself is always busy with sun worshipers, surfers, people swimming and the beach gawkers. The beach has nice sand and a good set of waves to make the...

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  • Whale Watching In Sydney - Up Close and...

    If you are an adventure seeker and nature lover then you can't go past whale watching in Sydney. We had some friends from the UK visiting who had been whale watching up the coast and had regretfully gone with a larger tourist boat, so we wanted the most intimate experience as possible.We found a local company Manly Ocean Adventures that operate off...

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  • The Corso

    The Corso in Manly is where the majority of restaurants, shops and businesses are located. The Corso stretches from the Harbour all the way to Manly Beach; so if you arrive by ferry it is only steps from the Ferry Terminal. Smaller streets jut out from this main street and have some cute shops and restaurants as well; it's good to explore them and...

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Manly Hotels

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Manly Restaurants

  • Tasty Lunch with a View

    My wife and I first discovered this place in November 2010; we loved it so much we returned during our Feb/March 2012 trip and again in November 2012. The hotel is located on the East Esplande and is a short walk from the ferry. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating; all with incredible water views. My wife and I decided to have a seat...

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  • Pub Grub with AussieDoug

    Kelly's is a casual Pub right on the Corso in Manly (very close to the beach). Hubby and I met up with a friend and fellow Vt member AussieDoug. We decided to have a bit to eat and some drinks before heading off to explore.The place was pretty dead considering it was a nice day and the Corso was full of people. We chose to sit at one of the dining...

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  • A Great Lunch Spot with a View

    The Manly Wharf Hotel is a favorite spot of hubby and I for lunch when in Manly. We first discovered this spot in 2010 and have returned during our latest trip in early 2012. Anyone who knows me can tell you I love dining outdoors especially when there is a view of the water; so this place is perfect for me. There are places to sit outside that...

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Manly Nightlife

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  • Good Local Beer & Cider

    4 Pines is a local Brewery in Manly that specializes in Handcrafted beer brewed naturally. They brew their beer in small batches to ensure quality and flavor. Liz and I came here upon recommendation from our friend Jackie. The Brewery is right across from the ferry terminal. 4 pines has a large selection of their home brew in bottles and on tap...

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  • The Place for Local Handcrafted Beer

    4 Pines is a local brewery in Manly. Our friend Jackie had recommended this place to us so we definitely had to check it out. We had just finished up lunch at the Manly Wharf Hotel and decided to stop here for some cold drinks to beat the oppressive heat outside.The brewery prides itself in quality product due to the small batches it brews. They...

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  • Cerutis

    Cerutis has two floors and alltogether three areas with DJs. It is probably one of the best clubs in Manly, but the music used to be better and nowadays they tend to charge you 5 AU$ even on Fridays. mostly jeans, and even flip flops sometimes.

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Manly Transportation

  • Winter Ferry Trip

    We took the ferry to Manly in July - mainly to take photos of the lighthouses in the harbour as it was way too cold for swimming. Manly's ferries are legendary. They have been around since the late 1800's Originally known as the Port Jackson and Manly Steam Ship Company were running ferries to Manly for over sixty years. The modern Manly ferries...

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  • Ride the Ferry to Manly

    Riding the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay is always fun for us. I adore ferries and being out on the water; so for me this is more of a pleasure cruise than a mode of transport.The ferries leave from Circular Quay and pull into Manly's Wharf. The ride is relatively smooth depending on the weather. I enjoy sitting back, relaxing and watching the...

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  • MANLY'S FERRIES A LONGTIME LEGEND

    MANLY When someone talks about Manly , one of the first things mentioned are the ferries..Manly's ferries are a long time legend and have been around since the late 1800's Originally known as the Port Jackson and Manly Steam Ship Company were running ferries to Manly for over sixty years.until being taken over by the Department of Transport in the...

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Manly Shopping

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  • Feeding My Bathingsuit Addiction....

    The Big Swim is a must stop when I'm in Manly. I am a confessed bathingsuit addict(with over 100 bathingsuits in my house) and love stopping in here to checkout their wares. Thhe shop is located right on the bustling Corso so you can't miss it. The shop is small but full of every type, color and style of swimsuit you could imagine along with hats,...

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  • Off The Beaten Track

    With beach culture such a big part of Manly, I wasn't surprised at the amount of surf shops along the main drag. However, It wasn't till I ventured off the beaten track that I found this hidden gem! Mint is a boutique style store that has a cool, stylish but edgy feel, the funky wallpaper was what first attracted my attention. The staff their were...

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  • Sometimes you need medicine....

    Sometimes when on vacation you end up needing a pharmacy. Liz was the first one in need with a spider bite; of all places right on the inside of her nose. Maybe when she was asleep the itsy bitsy spider decided to take a nibble... Oh well she would up with a huge swollen bump that we had the pharmacist investigate. He prescribed an ointment three...

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Manly Local Customs

  • SOME OF THE AMMENITIES AVAILABLE IN...

    MANLY I always take a bottle of fresh water with me when I'm out and about in Manly and on a hot day it doesn't take long to use a small bottle of Fresh cold water...Here in manly they have "Water Stations..here it is possible to "refill" your bottle free with lovely cold fresh filtered water.I have not seen this anywhere else that I have ever...

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  • KEEP THE BEACH CLEAN AND TIDY

    MANLY When enjoying Manlys lovely beaches Please leave them clean..Locals really love their beaches and do not like to see visitors leaving their rubbish behind..Most people do not realise that hefty fines apply for littering and are enforced. Everyone loves to go to a lovely clean beach and mostly this is the case but unfortuneatly sometimes there...

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  • Web pages for information on Manly.

    WEBSITES for accommodation. www.ourmanly.com.au - manly web pagewww.manlyparadise.com.au - apartmentswww.manlybeach.stays.com.au - houseswww.raywhitemanly.com.au - real estate agent www.manlysurfside.com.au - hotel rooms and apartmentswww.steynehotel.com.au - pubwww.grandesplanade.com.au - apartments www.sydneybeachouse.com.au -...

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Manly Warnings and Dangers

  • Swim Between the Flags

    Find the flags posted at the beach and swim between them. The red and yellow flags mark the safest place to swim at the beach. Follow these rules and your time at the beach will be a safe time without needeing the intervention of one of the handsome Life Savers of Manly.

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  • Strong Currents and Rough Surf

    No matter how pretty the water looks it still can be dangerous with strong currents and rough surf. Be careful and observe any surf/current warnings posted at the Life Saving Stations on the beach. Being proactive can save your life.

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  • Wear Sun Block and SUn Protection

    The Sun is strong in Australia and there is a high rate of skin cancer here. Do yourself and your health a favor and wear that sunblock; reapply. If you are outside during peak sun during the hours of 12 noon and 2pm; try as hat as well.My husband and I are fair skinned people and are very careful when in this sunny climate. Even with the best...

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Manly Tourist Traps

  • No valuables on the beach !

    Manly is noted for beach stealing.......so take only your essentials to the beach and NO .. NO valuables.There are lockers located on the top of the stairs leading down to Manly Beach and cost $2.00AUD for an hour. Get a locker at the beach and put your valuables inside and pin the key to your swimmers. Leave your valuables in your hotel safe.

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  • Expensive Eatings

    This is, for me, the worst thing for Manly. The food here is so expensive no matter it’s just a tiny café or take-away restaurants. I never expected any overpriced charging here in Australia, but it really happens in Manly!! As they know people get ripped off after a beach walk or from surfin’ or whatever, and what they surely figured out is that...

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  • Beachside parking!

    Parking at the beach is costly, especially if your planning of spending the whole day there. Remember your looking at $4 per hour. Dont forget to take change. Leave the car at home. Go via bus or train!

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Manly What to Pack

  • Pack According to Season

    Sunblock is a must! Bring the camera to take pics of the natural beauty and attractions. Manly has some beautiful beaches so pack swimsuits, towels and beach wear. Flip flops or water shoes.

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  • Climate in Manly Beach

    Manly never gets too hot or too cold. Summer temperatures range from 25 - 33degrees. Visiting Sydney in winter shouldn't be much of a problem either. The temperature is often in the high 16-18 and sometimes very low 20's. Don't expect to have to wear much more than a shirt or light jacket. In the evenings the temperature does drop so a jacket or...

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  • Manly in April

    We brought 7 bags between the two of us, but this is only because we are moving for 2 years! I was fine in shorts and short sleeved shirts, however Sarah has had a sweater on for most nights. The weather is beautiful in April! I would probably bring an extra roll of toilet paper with you... its not all that soft round here! I think the photo...

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Manly Off The Beaten Path

  • Sydney's secret spot.

    Discover the beautiful deep waters of the Hawkesbury River and the elongated graceful waterway of Pittwater, running from Newport to Palm Beach. Broken Bay is dominated by Lion Island with plenty of small inlets and coves to cruise your yacht, cruiser or house boat through. Set amongst four National Parks, Kur-ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, Dharug,...

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  • North Head

    This is one of those things I've never attempted to do until my most recent trip to Manly. As such I'm putting it here in the Off the Beaten Path. There is a nice drive out onto the North Head with an overlook. If you can make it a point to get out here. Such a wonderful view of the city and also of the South Head and out into the Tasman...

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  • North of Manly

    While Manly is a pretty cool place to go shopping or dining, the beach tend to get very crowded on weekends and during the summer holidays. It's a nice beach to be sure, but the surf is often somewhat flat. Personally, I like the beaches north of Manly much better, especially South and North Curl Curl. You can either walk (takes about an hour if...

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Manly Sports & Outdoors

  • Surf the Waves at Manly Beach

    The Surf here at Manly attracts those surfies to the water. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or just curious to learn you can do it here. Surf shops sell lessons and have surfboard lessons on the beach and the Corso area. I'll leave the surfing to the professionals and just watch from the beach.

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  • Surfing

    Surfing is something you will definitely see at Manly Beach. There are surfers in the water catching some medium to large waves along with kids on boogie boards. There are several spots to rent surf equipment if you want to try and be a Surfie for the day.

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  • Beach Volley Ball

    If you walk along Manly Beach promenade you will see many beach volley games happening. You can join in if its not a competition. Its a fun thing to watch if you are visiting Manly Beach, many of the locals play regularly.

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  • Manly Visitor's Center

    The Manly Visitor's Center is located right as you exit the Wharf. This is a definite stop before heading out to explore Manly. They have a large variety of maps, guide books, tour information and brochures about local attraction all for free. They will also help arrange tours as well.

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  • Public Restrooms

    The Public restrooms in Manly range from the sandy and wet bathrooms by the beach to the clean and pristine ones of restaurants. The bathrooms closest by the beach are usually not as clean and very wet; this from personal experience. I prefer to stop in a pub, grab a beer and have a clean restroom.

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  • Spending Time with Friends in Manly

    Our last trip to Many in 2010, we decided to meet up with a friend and fellow VTer Doug (Aussiedoug). We enjoyed some drinks, snacks and a nice walk around Manly enjoying the surroundings and catching up on life events.

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