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Manly Beach

Lying just a ferry-ride away, on the north shore of Sydney's harbour, Manly will soon have you surfing and swimming – or just watching others getting all-manly.

Manly. An odd-name for a beach you might think. But then again, you weren't there in 1788 when Captain Philips was greeted by the fine upstanding men of the Cannalgal people and declared their manner as most 'manly'. And so a fitting name for the place was born. What Manly Beach most certainly has now is a haven for beach-lovers, one just “seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care.” A place to swim, surf, bike, and walk – or just let the sun soak in.

Australia's beach culture actually started here on Manly, a diamond-shaped peninsula guarding Sydney's long harbour from the Pacific. Body-surfing began in these surf-tossed waters (somewhat remarkably) in the 1890s, and in 1902 it became the first town to permit 'surf bathing'. The surfboard followed soon afterwards, in 1910, and in 1964 Manly sealed its reputation as the 'Birthplace of Australian Surfing' by hosting the first World Surfing Championship.

You can start-out on your own surfing adventure here, too. It's simple enough to hire a board, get in some surfing-101 and then to hit the waves. The area is well-patrolled by local surf life-saving clubs, and you can always count on a helping hand from your fellow 'bros' of the Manly surf-scene. But it's not only such 'manly' pursuits to be had here. If you want a quiet sunbathe, or a paddle in the rock pools, try Manly Cove, which is nicely sheltered from the ocean's waves (and winds).

Or try the beach-front of Manly town. The streets close to the beach are home to some intriguing art studios, galleries, and craft shops, as well as the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. This houses a wonderful collection of locally-made ceramics. And the town's restaurants have made the best of the gastronomic opportunities afforded by the freshly-caught local fish – adding a contemporary twist of their own, for a truly-manly 'mod-Oz' cuisine experience. And top it off with a climb up the North Head, from whose sandstone cliffs you get a hard-to-beat view back to Sydney, and those long-forgotten cares.


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Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific NZ$180
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    With direct access to the beach, this Manly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. Curl Curl Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments NZ$164
    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

    Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

    54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manly, this beachfront motel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. Curl Curl Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse NZ$93
      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

      Sandy Bottoms Guesthouse

      6 Steinton Street, Manly, NSW
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

        Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

        96 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Manly apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

          Manly Seaside Cottage
          Manly Seaside Cottage

          Manly Seaside Cottage

          43 Whistler st, Manly, NSW
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

            Manly Strand Holiday Apartment
            Manly Strand Holiday Apartment

            Manly Strand Holiday Apartment

            Unit 1 at 60 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. Sydney Harbour National Park and Curl Curl Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Manly Beachside Apartments NZ$112
              Manly Beachside Apartments

              Manly Beachside Apartments

              29 Pittwater Road, Manly, NSW
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Manly, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Manly Wharf and Manly Beach. Shelly Beach and Taronga Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony
                Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony

                Beachfront Manly Apartment With Parking and Balcony

                411/49-52 North Steyne, Manly, NSW
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Manly, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manly Wharf, Manly Beach, and Shelly Beach. Sydney Harbour National Park and Curl Curl Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).