Nestled between a tranquil harbour beach on one side and the popular Pacific Ocean surf beach on the other, the laid-back character of Manly seems a thousand miles from busy Sydney, yet it’s only a 30-minute ferry ride away.
The iconic beach curves from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, or bombora, creates waves prized by top surfers. Just south of Manly Beach is Shelly Beach in Cabbage Tree Bay, an aquatic reserve teeming with colourful fish such as blue groper and cuttlefish. If you prefer calmer waters Manly can offer this as well, with the large sweeping harbour beach located on either side of Manly Wharf or for a more secluded option Little Manly Beach is wonderful for children with rock pools and a netted swimming area.
The Corso is the focal point of Manly as a part-pedestrian mall that connects the harbourside to the beachfront. Lined with popular surf shops, pubs, a plethora of buzzing bars, delicious restaurants, charming cafes and street entertainment, there’s always somewhere fun to meet up with friends for a meal, drink, or live music.
- E70 bus to city. Click for link
- 199 bus to Palm Beach. Click for link
- 144 bus to Chatswood. Click for link
- Ferry from Manly to Circular Quay timetable. Click for link
- Manly West Public School. Click for link
- Manly Village Public School. Click for link
- Mackellar Girls High School. Click for link
- Balgowlah Boys High School. Click for link
- Stella Maris Catholic College. Click for link
- St Pauls Catholic College. Click for link
- Coles Manly & Coles Express Manly
- Harris Farm Manly. Click for link
- Barefoot Coffee Traders specialises in coffee and waffles.
- Market Lane Café is a little gem in the heart of Manly.
- Ruby Lane an organic wholefoods café & grocer. Click for link
Restaurants & bars with a view
- The Pantry – Located right on Manly Beachfront. Click for link
- The Boathouse Shelly beach situated in one of Sydney’s most beautiful locations. Click for link
- Hugo’s – Now an iconic part of Manly life. Located at Manly Wharf. Click for link
- The Wharf Bar - Where the locals go... a relaxed & casual atmosphere at Manly Wharf. Click for link
- Manly to Spit walk - The track takes you through a breathtaking mix of bushland and harbourside vistas. Click for link
- Northhead Harbour Reserve is a beautiful nature refuge where visitors can enjoy scenic walking trails, history tours and modern dining with views of Sydney Harbour. Click for link
- Manly Aquatic Centre. Click for link
- Queenscliff Lagoon Park is a large enclosed playground beside Manly Lagoon and is lovely and quiet. Click for link
What we love, by James Haywood
“We are so lucky to live and work at one of the best beaches in the world, Manly Beach. There is a real sense of community here in Manly, it’s a real lifestyle location with its coastal walks, swimming locations and all these new bars and restaurants always popping up and very easy access to the city via buses and the ferry.”
Median House Prices in Manly
- House: Buy: $2,875,000
- Rent: $1,400 PW
Median Unit/Apartment Prices in [Suburb]
- Unit: Buy: $1,250,000
- Rent: $750 PW