Manly in Sydney

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Manly [1] is a harbour- and ocean-side suburb and locality of Sydney and the southernmost of Sydney's Northern Beaches.


"Manly - Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care..." (slogan used in 1940 by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company to describe "Australia’s Premier Seaside Resort").

Situated across the Harbour 11 km (7 mi) north-east of Sydney City on the lower Northern Beaches, Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people who lived on the peninsula.

The main Manly shopping strip, the Corso, links the Harbour Beaches and the ferry wharf with the ocean surf beach. Manly is therefore the perfect destination to enjoy Sydney Harbour and the eighteen ocean beaches, coves and inlets used for swimming, sailing and surfing. Manly also has a huge range of shopping, dining and entertainment attractions to keep all ages and interests occupied.

Get in

By commuter rail and bus

From central Sydney, board a commuter train on the Northern or North Shore Line from Central or Town Hall. Get off at North Sydney (second station past the Harbour Bridge) and change to any bus headed for Neutral Bay (175, 178, 184, 202, 203, 207-209, 227-230, 247). Once on Military Road (this is a street, not a stop, so watch out for street names), alight at the first stop and stay there. Hop on the first arriving 143 or 144 bus which will take you over Spit Bridge to Manly Wharf in 25 min. Total travel from the city centre is about 40 min.

By ferry

From the city centre take a commuter train on the City Circle to Circular Quay. From Wharf 3 the Manly Ferry [2] crosses the Harbour to Manly every 30 min. It is by far the most picturesque and relaxing way of getting to and from Manly. The ferry takes around 30 min and total travel time from the city centre is about 45 min. Single fares are $6.60/$3.30, and MyMulti travelcards are fully valid. Note: Whatever you do, do NOT take a ferry labelled "fast ferry" as those are operated by private companies and do NOT accept MyMulti travelcards, and you WILL end up having to pay a single fare at $8.5.

By bike

Bikes are permitted on the Manly ferry from the city at no charge, just wheel them on. There are a few different places to hire bikes from in Manly and plenty of tracks to use once you get here.

There are a few companies that offer Bike Tours in Manly, that depart from the city.

  • Sydney By Bike [3],
  • Sydney Bike Tours [4]
  • Bonza Bike Tours [5].

There are also bike tours provided locally.

  • Manly Bike Tours [6]
  • Many Cycles [7] Bike hire.

By car

From points further north, get on Pittwater Road and stay on it all the way to Manly. At Warringah Mall, Pittwater Road turns to the left which is clearly signposted.

From the City, cross the Harbour Bridge, and take tine Manly exit from the Warringah Expressway, and follow the signs.

Expect considerable congestion during peak times, including weekends. There are a number of parking stations in Manly. Street parking is hard to come by, and impossible to find on a sunny summer weekend.

To beat parking troubles consider carpooling. The owner of the Australian carpool site Jayride[8] Based in Manly and markets to the area heavily, so there are almost always carpools available from around Sydney.

Get around

The Manly centre is a relatively small area. You will have no problem walking to access all the beaches, the shops, oceanworld, the ferry and the restaurants.

If you want to get out to North Head or to see the attractions in the surrounding area, car, bus, bike or walking are options. There are some great coastal walks available.

There are lots of bike tracks in the area. See the bike hire places listed above.

There is a "Hop Skip and Jump" small community bus that is provided by the council. It runs from Manly to Balgowlah fairly regularly.


  • Oceanworld Manly [9], West Esplanade, ☎ +61 2 8251 7877, (fax: +61 2 9949 7950), {]. Admission adults $16.50, children $8.50 (3-15 years), concession $12, family $39.90 (2A & 2C), family $28 (1A and 2C). Open daily (except Xmas Day) 10AM-5:30PM. Daily live shows and guided tours allow you to get up close and personal to dangerous, deadly and often misunderstood Australian creatures. You’ll see huge sharks, stingrays, snakes, spiders, crocodiles and much more. Phone ahead for presentation times. If you're coming from the Sydney ferry, turn left and walk along the esplanade from the ferry terminal to get to Oceanworld.
  • Shark Dive X-treme, Oceanworld Manly, West Esplanade. ☎ +61 2 8251 7878, (fax:+61 2 9949 7950), [10]. Shark Dive X-treme lets you dive in Oceanworld's aquarium with sharks. The aquarium time is 30 min. Shark Dive X-treme runs 3 times a day every day. Certified divers with recent logged dives can dive for $175. Other certified divers do a scuba tune-up in addition for a total of $205. The program also accepts non-divers, who will do a pool skills session before diving. The introductory program costs $235.
  • Manly Art Gallery and Museum [11] West Esplanade (next to Oceanworld), ☎ +61 2 9949 1776, (fax:+61 2 9948 6938),, open Tu-Su, 10AM-5PM, closed Mo, admission adults $3.50, concession / student / resident $1.10, children under 18 free. The museum highlights the history of Manly with historical photos, swimming costumes and beach memorabilia.
  • The Quarantine Station, Sydney Harbour National Park, Scenic Drive, North Head. ☎ +61 2 9247 5033 (bookings essential). Day Tour: 1:15PM Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun. Adult $11, Concession $7.70. (Catch bus 135 from Stand B at 1:08PM - to meet with tour time) 3 hr tour includes supper. Ghost Tour: 7:30PM (8PM during daylight savings) Wed $22, Fri - Sun $27.50. Kids Ghost Walk: 6PM (7PM during daylight savings) Fr $13.20, 2 hr tour. Wander through a maze of historic buildings and hear how Sydney was protected from diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera and Spanish influenza. For the courageous, join the famous ghost walk conducted at night by kerosene lantern, followed by tea and damper to calm the nerves.
  • The International College of Management (formerly St Patrick's seminary) is a beautiful building dominating the skyline of Manly.


  • Swim or surf on Manly Ocean Beach, reached by walking up The Corso from the ferry wharf. Manly Beach is popular with both visitors and locals. Locker hire is available for storing your possessions. You can take surfboard riding lessons from Manly Surf School (North Steyne Road, ☎ +61 2 9977-6977).
  • Sea kayaking. Kayaks are available for hire from several places near the ferry wharf.
  • Cruise through the air parasailing behind a speed boat.
  • Sydney Harbour Parasailing Unit 203, 11 Wentworth Street, ☎ +61 2 9977-6781, [12]
  • Manly Parasailing Shop 208, Manly Wharf, ☎ +61 414 405 454.
  • Sydney Ocean Adventures (address: Manly wharf, East Pier, East Esplanade) (directions: Manly Boat & Kayak Centre) 1300 374278
    price: From $50
    open: 7 days
    Sydney's offshore adventure boat company. Departing from Manly wharf daily. Tours from 30 min to 1.5 hr experiencing the thrill and adventure of offshore powerboating. Go swell riding and jumping,see the rugged 100 m (300 ft) cliffs of North Head, WWII gun emplacements and awesome marine wildlife (including whales during migration).
  • Scuba Dive
    Manly's Shelly Beach (very gentle surf entry, max depth 12 m (40 ft) is often used for open water training dives, but is also a good night diving site. In addition, Manly is used as the launch for several boat operators.
  • Dive Centre Manly (address: 10 Belgrave St., Manly, NSW) +61 2 9977 4355
    price: 1 dive trips are $50 without gear hire, $70 with tank and weights and $90 with full gear hire. 2 dive trips are $90 without gear hire, $120 with tank and weights and $145 with full gear hire.
    Dive Centre Manly offers boat dives. PADI [13] dive certification is available: Open Water is $395 mid-week.
  • Pro Dive Manly, 169 Pittwater Road. ☎ 1800 820 820 (bookings, free call, within Australia only) or ☎ +61 2 9977 5966 ( fax:+61 2 9976 5133). [14] Pro Dive's boat Sealife V (carries 23 divers, equipped with marine toilet) conducts 2 dive day trips leaving Manly Wharf and Rose Bay wharf on weekends and most weekdays; trips are $119 weekends and $99 weekdays if you only hire tanks and weights, or $189 weekends and $149 weekdays with gear hire. PADI certification is available: Open Water from $425.
  • Sail on Sydney harbour, with Manly Yacht Club [15] for twilight races and weekend club races. Sail training available and casual crew welcome.


  • Manly International Jazz Festival [16] Held annually in the first week of October and running for three days of fantastic music.
  • Manly Food and Wine Festival ("A Taste of Manly") - Held each year in the first week of June, attracts some 30,000+ patrons who come to see and taste the exhibits in a great beachside setting.


  • Manly Corso is the centre of Manly. It features restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, bars and shopping outlets.


There are a choice of several restaurant and take-away strips in Manly. The Corso runs between the wharf and the ocean, and there are restaurants along the Coroo, or just either side of it. There is a selection at the ferry wharf area, and again along the ocean side.

  • Beaches Pizzeria (address: 22 Darley Rd) +61 2 9977-0078
    price: Small pizzas $14", A bottle of wine from around $20.>Usually busy pizza place, with a large wine selection. No BYO.</eat>
  • Le Kiosk Restaurant (address: 1 Marina Parade) (directions: Park the car in the car park on the hill above (includes one of the best cliff-top views of the area) or, from Manly itself, walk for 10 min past the Surf Life Saving Club at the south end of Manly Beach and continue around the cliff-base walkway to Shelly Beach.) +61 2 9977 4122
    Housed in a converted sandstone cottage right on Manly's Shelly Beach, Le Kiosk serves seafood.
  • Ribs and Rumps Restaurant (address: 35 South Steyne) +61 2 9977-3476
    price: burgers less than $20, steaks range from $30-40
    A South African-themed and based steakhouse serving everything that once grazed or swam, with a few locations in Sydney, as well as South Africa and Dubai. Good place to try kangaroo. Beware of
    The Challenge. Part of the restaurant overlooks the beach, but fills up quickly in the season.
  • Whitewater Restaurant (address: 35 South Steyne) +61 2 9977-0322
    Ultra-trendy décor with fish and fusion menu, panoramic windows look across the road to Manly Beach.


There are numerous pubs and clubs in Manly, including some of the Northern Beaches more notorious establishments:

  • The Steyne Hotel is popular with locals on Wednesdays (for Karaoke) and weekends
  • The Ivanhoe is another favourite with locals
  • The New Brighton Hotel (Shark Bar) is frequented by late teens and 20s every weekend. Serves $5 cocktails all day, every day.
  • 4 Pines Brewing Company (address: 45 East Esplanade)
    Four locally brewed beers on premises. Food in the form of burgers, chips etc is available.
  • Henry Afrikas is a pub with a night club down stairs and a function room upstairs which is very popular with the younger crowd
  • The Old Manly Boatshed is an underground drinking hole with frequent live bands
  • The Wharf Bar is a popular bar next to the wharf frequented by a mixed crowd
  • Charlie Bar is an annex off the Manly Pacific Hotel and popular on weekends
  • Shore Club, yet another weekend location right across from the beach. Three levels of music and an open-air rooftop bar
  • Hugos Pizza Manly serves pizza and cocktails with a view of the bay from Manly wharf
  • Manly Wine Room by Gazebo is a funky place for a drink and some mussels and is situated at the south end directly across the road from Manly beach



  • Boardrider Backpacker[17], rear 63 The Corso. ☎ +61 2 9977-6077. Summer rates $28 dorm bed, $75 twin/double. With dormitory style accommodation or private rooms for the budget conscious traveler.
  • Manly Backpackers[18], corner of Belgrave and Raglan Streets (Walk due north from the ferry terminal), ☎ +61 2 9977-3411, (fax: +61 2 9977-4379),, summer rates $26.50 dorm bed, $61.50 twin/double - Centrally positioned and well-equipped, free internet access available.


  • Steyne Hotel (directions: corner of The Corso and N Steyne) +61 2 9977 4977
    price: Private rooms vary in price from around $100
    Price varies upon views and noise level. Most rooms have a shared bath, some with a closet-type bath. Try to get one facing North Steyne (the beach) as the noise from the hotel bars can be intrusive.
  • Manly Beachside Apartments (address: 29 Pittwater Road, Manly NSW 2095) freecall: 1 800 662 500
    Clean comfortable, right by the beach in the heart of Manly.


  • Manly Pacific[19], 55 North Steyne Road. ☎ +61 2 9977 7666, (fax:+61 2 9977 7822), Run by Novotel and located over the road from Manly Beach . Great views and location but is a favourite with international sporting teams visiting Sydney.

Serviced Apartments

  • Manly Waterside Holidays[20], Short Street. ☎ +61 2 9977 4459, From $120. They have large harbour side apartments with harbour side views around $200.
  • Manly Paradise[21] 54 North Steyne, Manly, ☎ +61 2 9977 5799, The 2 bed apartments facing the beach are located and priced comparable to Manly Pacific and Radisson rooms with a view, but bigger and with a patio-style balcony.

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