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Where to stay in Manly

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Where Is Manly?

A beach suburb 25 minutes northeast of Sydney, Manly is also about 40 minutes north of Sydney Airport. Manly is accessible from Sydney by either ferry or bus, and there are busses to get around Manly as well.

What Is Manly Known For?

Manly is known for feeling like a complete world away from Sydney, even though it is still within city limits. It is blessed by its geography to have multiple beaches both on Sydney Harbor and the South Pacific Ocean. Manly has 18 beaches tucked into its coves, in addition to a large amount of green parkland on the North Head. Manly is popular for surfing, swimming, sea kayaking, parasailing, coastal walking, and simply getting away. Not to be confused for a sleepy beach town, Manly has a wild nightlife too.

Places to Visit in Manly

  • Manly Ocean Beach: The defining feature of the area is Manly Ocean Beach, popular with locals, tourists, surfers, and swimmers. The beach is known for being a little over a mile long and densely lined with tall Norfolk pine trees. Queenscliff is at the north end of Manly Ocean Beach and is connected to the famous surf spot of Freshwater Beach via a headland tunnel.
  • Shelly Beach: A petite cove at the south end of Manly Beach and Fairy Bower Beach, Shelly Beach is beautiful and serene. It is one of only two west-facing beaches on the east coast. It is popular with scuba divers and snorkelers because of its easily viewed marine life.
  • North Head Sanctuary: North Head Sanctuary is a nature reserve at the end of a peninsula with walking paths, historical sites, hidden beaches, and views for days. There is a cafe near the visitor center and a scenic drive to a lookout for those not keen to walk. The area historically served as a quarantine location for boat passengers suspected to have infectious diseases, who are off-loaded before reaching Sydney and risking the health of the local community.

Popular Destinations in Manly

  • Sydney: One of the world’s greatest beaches is in part due to its proximity to one of the world’s greatest cities. Sydney — Australia’s biggest city — is buzzing just 25 minutes away! The sights and activities in the heart of the city are endless and might include Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks Discovery Museum, Argyle Street, or Sydney Observatory.
  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse & Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: A 45-minute drive north of Manly is the beautiful sandstone Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which also signals the north end of the Sydney outer suburbs. It is part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, where you’ll find the West Head Lookout, Aboriginal cultural tours, and Bobbin Head Recreation Area.

Best Neighborhoods in Manly

  • The Corso: The wide, pedestrian promenade connecting the harbor side to the ocean side of town is Manly’s central commercial district, commonly known as The Corso. It is filled with cafes, restaurants, and shopping for a variety of budgets and tastes. Most of the businesses that are not directly on The Corso are closeby.

Home-types in Manly

Manly has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Manly:

Points of interests in Manly

Manly has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Manly: