Best Of Sydney: Manly Beach

With a history dating back more than a century, Manly Beach is known to be the birthplace of beach surfing in Australia. The first ever Surfing Championship took place at this location in 1964, and has ever since been a popular surfing spot known to many across the globe. It is an iconic site with a crescent shaped beach, a lagoon to the north and headlands at each end.

At the very north is the Queenscliff river mouth setup with loads of sand on the river bank, with excellent waves depending on the bank conditions. North and South Steyne are other key highlights, which can turn on exceptional beach breaks, especially during the months between April to October. Apart from surfing, there are plenty of other activities to do at Manly Beach. Use bus charter in Sydney to visit Manly Beach today!

Adventurous Activities

The Australian landmark destination of Manly was one of the first in the country to allow daylight surfing and swimming back in 1903. It offers a unique combination of serene sandy harbor coves and inlets on one side and wide ocean beaches on the other.  You can try a range of activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, windsurfing and surfing. Or simply take a dip into one of the rockpools or enjoy the gentle waves of Manly Cove right next to Wharf, which is ideal for fishing, sailing and BBQ.

Play Beach Volleyball

This is certainly one of the best ways to enjoy the beach ambiance with a range of courts available to play volleyball. It is well suited for players of all ages and abilities. There are numerous playgrounds and parks for children as well, where you can exercise, picnic and play along with your kids.

Cycling and Walking

The best way to explore the man-made and natural attractions of the region is to take some popular rides, one of which includes the 19-km route from the Spit Bridge in Seaforth to the Manly Ocean Beach. Go past the Manly Lagoon, Fairlight and Baglowlah, enjoying expansive views along the way. You can also take one of the popular walking tracks designed for all ages and abilities. There is plenty to see along the way, including natural bushland, scenic views, aboriginal landmarks, birds and wildlife. Observe the native flora and fauna, as you take a leisure walk along the bush track and be amazed to soak up panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour entrance.

Reading At Manly Library

With a history dating back to mid-20th century, Manly Library has seen a topsy-turvy ride, till 1995 when a 3-storeyed purposely built library was constructed in the Market place, designed by Felko Bouman, who transformed a back alley into wonderful architecture. It is located in the heart of Manly, and is home to various events and activities happening now and then.

Experience The Manly Art Gallery

Known to be the first Metropolitan Gallery in New South Wales, The Manly Art Gallery has emerged into a popular destination for hundreds of national and international visitors each year. Since its opening in the year 1930, it has been well known for extensive holdings of paintings by Antonia Dattilo-Rubbo and excellent Australian ceramics.

Tour The Manly Environment Centre

With a unique association of local corporate sponsors and community people, the Manly Environment Centre was started in 1991 as an education based centre, housing over 5000 publications and resources, and a massive collection of education materials easily accessible to the community. Every year, thousands of visitors from all across the country and the world visit this part of the globe to be inspired and led towards sustainability by a series of workshops, talks and events. The information provided is an empowerment that urges people to make lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on wider community and the environment as well.

Go Penguin Watching

Manly is the breeding colony of penguins where they have made their home beneath Manly Wharf. Some local volunteers keep an eye on them, making it convenient for general public to educate them on nightly basis. This secluded cove in the North Harbour of Sydney has penguins right at the doorstep.

Shop At Manly Markets

Lose yourself in manoeuvring or roam around in sunshine, as you find yourself at Manly Market place, with open-air markets showcasing farmers produce, gifts, fashion and emerging design. The vibrant laneways turn into a hub of activities, as locally prepared produce is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The family-friendly ambiance is sure to entice you with quirky entertainment for old and young. Soak up the surroundings of restaurant, bars and boutique shops in and around the beach.

Visit The North Head Sanctuary

Known as one of the hidden treasures of Manly, North Head Sanctuary is a beautiful haven with fascinating historical sites, bike-riding paths, breathtaking views and beautiful walks. Take a leisure walk along the untouched bushland, as you keep an eye on native wildlife. The unique flora and fauna of this region will take you by surprise, with a fulfilling immersive experience. Don’t miss out on paying a visit to the Bella Vista Café, serving delicious morning tea, breakfast and lunch in a traditional home-style Italian food made from quality ingredients.

Check Out The Shark Dive Extreme

One of a kind scuba diving experience with massive 3-metre sharks. Come terribly close to an amazing array of fish, stingrays, sea turtles and the endangered Grey Nurse Sharks at Shark Dive Xtreme. You don’t need any prior experience, as the training will be provided on spot before you plunge into the massive oceanarium. This 2 and a half hour experience will include training, a safety briefing and guided tour of shark tunnels. All the equipment is provided on site; you just need to bring your towel.

If you are travelling in a group to pursue any of these activities in Manly, make sure to hire a bus in Sydney for a convenient commute with your friends and family. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will also experience the fun of travelling together!

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