Manly Beach
Manly Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
SHOP .....in the sunshine with over 200 stores to explore. Discover funky boutiques in hidden lane ways, wander through the weekend outdoor markets or splurge on a whole new wardrobe on The Corso. At every turn, it's sheer shopping pleasure to satisfy everyone. TASTE .....an amazing array of flavours in over 100 cafes, restaurants, bars and eateries. Whether it's a lingering lunch of classy dining, a sumptuous seafood selection for dinner, fast and fresh takeaway or a walk along the beach front with an ice cream in hand. Any time of day or night, you'll find a taste to tempt. LIVE .....life and discover your hidden talents. Get active with surfing, sailing, scuba diving... and everything in between! Take a dip at the beach, or try your hand at beach volleyball. And when relaxation is on the agenda, treat yourself to a hotel stay or enjoy some pampering at one of our many salons. The perfect place for adventure or to relax and explore. FEEL ..... the sand between your toes after a long day at work. Absorb the geography and the nature that makes Manly special. Nestled between the harbour and the ocean, over 40 beaches and walkways give an escape to the daily grind. Just cast out a fishing line, pack a picnic basket, or bask in the sun. Relax in your favourite spot and soak up the serenity.
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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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  • MosesPH
    1,508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Special Place
    Manly has a very homey feel. As soon as you get off the ferry and head down the Corso, there is an anticipation that you will soon see the wide expanse of ocean at the end. The sight never disappoints and is always breathtaking. We keep coming back here and enjoy walking along the beachfront. You can walk all the way to Shelly Beach on one end or else walk all the way up to Queenscliff on the other end. A very special place no matter what time of the day or what season of the year.
    Hi Manickjg Thank you for such a great and detailed review. We certainly have some lovely walks. Next time you visit you might like to try the Manly Scenic Walkway which runs between Manly and the Spit Bridge. It offers amazing harbour views and lovely little secluded beaches. And be sure to call in and see us at the Visitor Information Centre at Manly Wharf Forecourt. Thanks Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 24 May 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a Day Trip or a Stay
    We had great luck during our visit to Manly Beach and saw a lot of dolphins as we walked along the beach. We stopped and had an excellent breakfast, some gelato and did a couple of short hikes in the area as well. If it was warmer we would be up for a swim but we did see a lot of people surfing and snorkeling in the area. We took the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay at Wharf 2. It was a 30 minute ride and gave us an excellent view of the harbour even though it was very windy.
    Hi deanosaur89, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It sounds like you had a wonderful day experiencing Manly. We are so happy hear that you we lucky and saw a lot of dolphins on your walk. Thank you again Manly Visitors Information Centre
    Written 9 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Dan M
    Bramhall, United Kingdom260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Excellent. I caught the F ferry from Sydney. You get great views of the city. When in Manly I walked to the worm hole at the top of the beach. There is a sea pool and you will see people on the rocks. Great time and the town is nice.
    Hi danmY5870PP We're so pleased you enjoyed Manly, and even discovered the Worm Hole. Did you know it was carved out by fishermen more than 100 years ago? For those seeking to find it, turn left at the end of the Corso and walk along the beach to Queenscliff, then walk around the ocean rockpool and voila! The best time to visit is in the morning in order to catch the sun. But take care at high tide and if there are large waves as the rocks can be slippery. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 2 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Josh Hargraves
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best beach in the world
    One of the best beaches in the world, hands down. So clean and a great place for kids as there are plenty of parks and playground behind the beach. Good waves when we were there and we enjoyed walking along the corso.
    Hi M622POjoshh Thanks for such a glowing review of Manly Beach. It's certainly a great place to visit with kids. Nearby Shelly Beach, a short and scenic walk from Manly Surf Club, is also wonderful for the young ones as the swimming is safe and calm. It also hosts a colourful array or underwater life and sights, sitting as it does within the protected marine park Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Pack the snorkel and goggles or hire locally to enjoy all this area has to offer. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 13 September 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Carol DL
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who could ask for more.
    It was wonderful weather, it probably always is. The trip across to Manly was exciting across the bay in one of the traditional ferries even though quite short. When you arrive it is already like being on holiday and the beach is a delight. Wonderful sand, lovely shops, trees and warm water. Who could ask for more.
    Hi CarolDavies-Lee Your experience puts us in mind of the old advertising slogan from the 1920s, which stated: "Manly ... Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care". We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip, and invite you to return and see us again. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 18 September 2023
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    Visited September 2022
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Realistic Travellers
    Northampton, United Kingdom610 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach that was very quiet on our visit
    Manly breach is a beautiful beach. There is plenty of space. You can hire a beach chair or lounge or even a towel if you forgot one. There are plenty of benches and some tables set back from the beach so you can enjoy a sand-free beautiful view if required. The fish and chips across the road was great for this. We took the afternoon ferry direct from Circular Quay (about 30mins) and went back later in the evening all very easy.
    Hi Realistic_travellers With a wide walkway along the entire length of Manly Beach and around to Shelly Beach, there is plenty of space for casual ocean- and people-watching, as well as ample opportunity for sand-free beachside days and dining. If you'd prefer table service with your meal, there are many restaurants and cafes along the beachfront that afford great ocean views. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 18 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Philip_and_Anne
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy beach trip from Sydney for snorkeling.
    We took the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay for a 30 minute trip through the harbor to Manly Beach. When we arrived, we stopped by the information station, where we got very helpful suggestions and directions, including the best places to snorkel. A short walk across the island took us to the beach. We looked for umbrellas or chairs for rent, but did not see any. There was about 1 - 2 meter surf and many surfers. We walked some more to Shelly Beach for snorkeling. There was a little surge and visibility was 2-3 meters. Water was about 18 Celsius, so we wore wetsuits. We saw many fish including blue groupers, wrasses and several other types. There is an ID board at the beach for the different species. There is not much shade but a few places to sit or picnic. A rinsing area is near the path back to Manly Beach. We had dinner at Wahlburgers and took the ferry back to Sydney. It was a beautiful beach day during our stop in Sydney.
    Hi Phillip_and Anne, We are so glad you had such a lovely day at Manly and saw some interesting sea life when you went snorkeling. Thank you for coming into the Visitors Centre and we are very pleased our suggestions could be of help. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
    Written 18 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    After catching the Manly ferry from Circular Quay it took 20 minutes to get to Manly beach. It's a beautiful area. Countless shops, restaurants, fast food outlets, Gift shops and shops of all types are everywhere. On the day we visited there was a street Market with many lovely items to choose from. The beach itself is wonderful. There is also a trail where people can walk along the shore and enjoy panoramic views.
    Hi 750dimitrisl, Thank you for sharing your experience of your visit to Manly. We are so happy to hear you got to enjoy so much of this beautiful area. Thank you again Manly Visitor Information
    Written 18 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • jochg2016
    Doncaster, United Kingdom665 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous for a visit..... don't forget the suntan lotion
    Caught the fast ferry from Circular Quay this morning. A quick and easy way to travel. Manly beach is wonderful, clean and picturesque. There are many places to stop off for a nite to eat and a drink on route from the ferry. I can recommend The 4 Pines Brewing company.
    Hi jochg2016, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're delighted to hear that you found the ferry from Circular Quay quick and convenient. It's great to know that you enjoyed the wonderful, clean, and picturesque Manly Beach. Thank you again Manly Visitors I formation Centre
    Written 6 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia5,943 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    During my first visit to Sydney - took a ferry out to Manly for a lovely morning at the beach
    While visiting Sydney for the first time, decided to take the Manly Ferry to Manly on an early Sunday (to beat the afternoon crowds) on a nice sunny day. The ferry ride was nice and relaxing. Upon arriving at the Manly Wharf, I just followed the crowds that were heading to the beach. The beach was pretty nice, especially with the crescent moon coastline and the tall pine trees along the beach. There is a walking trail that runs along the beach for a nice walk. There are several shops and restaurants between the wharf and the beach, so plenty of things to do. If traveling to Sydney for first time, I would recommend a ferry ride over to Manly, it was about 20 minutes on the fast ferry.
    Hi CodyDC, Thank you for writing a lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed the relaxing ferry ride to Manly on a sunny day, with its beautiful beach, walking trail and variety of shops and restaurants. Thank you again Manly Visitor Information
    Written 6 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
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Yun
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I stayed here for three days. Despite some rainy weather, the town's atmosphere was still worth experiencing. On sunny days, the beach is stunning, with fewer tourists compared to Bondi Beach, making it much more relaxing!
Written 11 April 2024
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Hi cyfu98 Thank you for your review. Manly is a great place to stay when visiting Sydney. It's perfect as a stand-alone destination, while as the 'Gateway to the Northern Beaches' it is a great base to explore all the peninsular has to offer, with it's long list of stunning beaches extending all the way north to Palm Beach. A short 20-minute ferry ride from Manly will land you in the heart of Sydney, allowing for a great day trip. Come and see us again soon. Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 16 April 2024
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Tracy S
North Bend, WA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Easy walk through the shops to Manly Beach. Very busy even on a cool day. Great paved Walkway above the beach. Handicap friendly. Volleyball courts. Surfers. Kids playing in the sand. Water fountains for washing off your feet and telling your bottle. It was a lovely visit. Stayed for about an hour watching the waves.
Written 6 April 2024
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Hi cr8zydoglady Thank you for your very concise and positive review. Manly and its beachfront are very accessible, with it's flat terrain and lovely wide walkways meaning everyone can experience the beach, surf, views and beyond. Regards Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 16 April 2024
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Vista viewer 77
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Had only one day in Sydney so time to visit only one beach. Of course bondi beach is spoken of more often but we wanted to see a bit of the harbor and the water shuttle to get to manly gives a nice “tour” of the harbor. We loved manly beach as it has wide, soft sand beach with lots of sitting places for those who choose to stay out of the water. Was busy but not crowded.
Written 5 April 2024
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Hi jennapN1895UU We might be a little biased, but Manly is definitely number one on our list of Sydney beaches, so we're very pleased you chose us over Bondi. In fact, Manly was recently named number one beach in Australia and number seven in the world in Trip Advisor's 2024 Traveler's Choice Awards. We do pride ourselves on our lovely relaxed coastal vibe, a bit more reminiscent of beaches outside Sydney. Thank you for your review Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 16 April 2024
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jmash
Turnersville, NJ1 220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
My wife and I along with another couple recently stayed in Sydney for a few nights prior to joining a cruise. While there, we took a ferry to Manly Beach. It is a short ride and well worth the trip. There are many eateries and shops to browse. The beach is very nice. This is a cool place and I would highly recommend going.
Written 2 April 2024
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Hi jmacch We welcome many cruise ship passengers to Manly, who make the most of their time before, after or between trips to jump on the ferry from Circular Quay and take the 20-minute scenic ride to our shores. Manly has a lovely coastal vibe, with world-class surf, stunning ocean views and a vast array of outdoor activities right on the doorstep of Sydney CBD. Manly is the perfect day trip. Please come again. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 16 April 2024
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Sutton Elliotts
Sutton, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We made the trip by ferry from the City. Arrived early and had a glorious walk right along the beach (and back) and then to Shelley Bay. Really worth a visit.
Written 23 March 2024
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Hi SuttonElliott24 Thank you for your review. No trip is to Manly is complete without a leisurely stroll along the beachfront and around to Shelly Beach. Even if you're not swimming, the proximity to the water and beautiful blue views mean you definitely feel as one with the ocean and get to experience so much of what Manly is all about. Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 15 April 2024
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daddy00
Northern Virginia, VA209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I am sure things might have been busier on a weekend. But I find it quite amazing that from downtown Sydney, you can take a $6 ferry ride to Manly Wharf, and be at a terrific beach after a 5-10 minute walk.

We were there on a Wednesday in March, and the beach was not very crowded. The water was surprisingly warm! (we thought it would be California Pacific chilly). We walked around, had a coffee and some breakfast, and just took in the scenery, then took the 30-minute ferry back to downtown Sydney (the ferry system is AMAZING).

Lovely day at Manly.
Written 19 March 2024
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Hi daddy00 Did you know the advertising slogan for Manly from the 1920s was "Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care"? It's great to hear that 100 years later our visitors can still experience that same sense of relaxation and distance from life's hustle and bustle. Thank you for your great review Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 15 April 2024
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BJC
Sydney, Australia309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I've been coming to Manly for45 years and it keeps getting better. It has a local vibe but also is embracing to the tourist. Walks on beach or promenade are great and there are nice shops on the Corso and South Steyne Rd. Better not to bring your car.
Written 16 March 2024
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Hi smoothsailing5 After 45 years of visiting, we'll take your very experienced word that the Manly experience keeps getting better, and thank you for it. Great advice about leaving the car at home, too. Our public transport to, from and around Manly and the Northern Beaches is convenient and reliable, while the ferry ride between Manly and Sydney CBD is one of the most scenic in the world. See you again soon! Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 3 April 2024
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RyTheTravelGuy
Miami Beach, FL406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Another stunning beach in Oz. Quick Ferry ride from Circular Quay. Plenty of space to lay out and soak up sun. Lots of space for the surfers and swimmers. Lifeguards are top of their game ensuring safety. Water is super blue, and warmer than Bondi. Scenic walk to Shelly Beach, several benches to rest and people watch. Plenty food options nearby. Can’t wait to go back
Written 8 March 2024
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Hi DudeWithGlasses After an experience like that, you definitely have to come back and see us! You've summed up the attractions of Manly so well - a stunning, world-famous beach complemented by a wealth of other activities and amenities vital for a great day out. Hope to see you soon. Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 1 April 2024
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leuveen
United Kingdom1 291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A beautiful, sandy beach. A lovely spot for a walk, swim or a picnic on a beach. Not much shade available so make sure you bring enough water/sun screen or take a break every now and then.
Written 8 March 2024
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Hi leuveen We're very proud of our beautiful beach, which was recently named Australia's number one beach in Tripadvisor's 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Manly Beach is also famous for having hosted the first World Surfing Championship in 1964, cementing its place in the hearts of all those who appreciate the thrill of the ocean. Great advice about water and sunscreen! We have water filling stations around the village and along the beachfront, and many shops that sell sunscreen if you arrive unprepared. Thank you Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 1 April 2024
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Mary C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
the overall feeling is great, people can't help but sigh: WOW! All the staff are very nice, their gentle smiles make us feel at ease. The coffee and food were very good, we especially enjoyed
Written 7 March 2024
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Hi marycU3793SH Thank you for your lovely review. We're so pleased that you felt welcome here in Manly. We do enjoy our meeting all our visitors, so it's nice to hear that you could feel the positive and friendly vibes. Please visit again soon. Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 1 April 2024
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