"MANLY 7 MILES FROM THE CITY A THOUSAND FROM CARE" Top 5 Page for this destination Manly by DennyP

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Manly ..I grew up here and am very fond of this part of Sydney..just a ferry ride from the city..Upon arrival by ferry at Manly Wharf you will notice the small harbour beaches...they are the east and west Esplanades..these little beaches are popular with familes with children rather than the main Ocean beaches as they are so protected.. but the main beach that is preferred is the Pacific Ocean beach.. just a walk through Manly's shopping centre..(The Corso) It is a Walking Street free mainly of traffic a lovely wide area of colourfully paved walkways with many seats for tired feet and play areas for children.... there are many shops in the precinct a lot are surf and dive shops also many surf clothing shops as there is and always has been a large surf culture here..there are many forms of accomodation here from backpackers to international hotels.. ..many seaside restaurants serve all sorts of seafood...also great fish and chips here if you want a quick lunch on the beach.....LOL...The Northern Headland to the entrance of Sydney harbour is easy to get to from here if you are driving.(see my tip on this) it is straight up Darley Road (the hill from the Corso centre.)the views of the Harbour (to the city) are magnificent from here..also across to South Head ..Really worth the time if you have it..sometimes this headland can be a bit windswept ..but lot of natural bushland with an abundance of Australian wildflowers.. there are many concrete pillboxes in the bush from the early war years that were in place to protecting the entrance to the Harbour...always lots of wildflowers and some occasional wildlife..most of all headland around Sydney harbour is/..or was Military controlled...This area on North Head was a large Royal Australian Artillery base..now it is The North Fort National Artillery Museum..(please see my tip on this great museum)
Manly beach is made up three different beaches really...although it is only one...!! all three have different surf clubs..the southern end is South Steyne...the middle is North Steyne and the northern end is Queenscliff beach...the beaches that have surf clubs are manned by volunteer "lifesavers" ( A famous Auissie tradition)..that give their time to watch and protect unwary swimmers that get into difficulties...Remember on Aussie beaches ALWAYS bathe between the flags that are set out every morning depending on the surf conditions..these mark the safest area to swim...if you ever see the flags crossed you will know the beach is closed.one thing that is really good to see is a "surf carnival" (held in summertime) with many really competetive events between all the different surf clubs from all around the state and also interstate competing to be the best...This is where most of our famous swimmers come from..A really colourful and truly Aussie thing to see ...
These beaches are the start of what locals know as the" Peninsular "and these are the first of the many Northern beaches ..all the way to Palm Beach....Most are easy to get to by bus from Manly wharf.....or if you are driving just follow Pittwater Road all the way to Palm beach...see my Manly Tips..and (northern beaches pages)


This was my favourite beach growing up in Manly..I always went here after school when the weather was good...Queenscliff had a small pool to use when the surf was really rough and great for Mums with little ones. we used to play around the rocks and even walk through the sandstone tunnel to Freshwater (what was then Harbord Beach).


JUST A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY..To walk along the promenade on the beach front was always enjoyable and a great exercise as well..many people here on bicycles..skate boards and roller blades just enjoying this great place.So many people playing Beach volleyball as port that is increasing in popularity. Then ther are all the popular restaurants and eateries allong the ocean front.so many to choose from...Plenty of grass areas to just sit and enjoy the life..

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  • Last visit to Manly: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 13, 2012
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Years ago my grandmothers brother left NZ and set up business in Sydney and bought a house at Northbridge (quite well known pioneer McNairs surveys who became AGB Mcnair that Robert Maxwell took over before jumping ship and then became Nielsens) - that looks over to the beautiful harbours in this direction - and so we have an Aussie part of the family who I left Queensland to live with one of the brothers in Castlecrag - also another lovely part along these harbour inlets. His favourite was hiking around Manly. Certainly what a beautiful beautiful city Sydney is!

    • DennyP's Profile Photo
      Dec 15, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Hi mate...Thanks for checking out my Manly page...one of my most favourite places..great all year around..many great harbour walks here to chill..trust this finds you well and walking with ladyluck...hugs...

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    A lovely page, you are so lucky to have all these wonderful beaches :)

  • salisbury3933's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Excellent advice re the sun. A lot of visitors from the Northern Hemisphere are not aware just how strong the sun can be down under and find out the hard way!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    G'day, Denny! Manly looks like a great place to live/to visit! Thanx, mate! Greetings to AU from UA!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2010 at 5:27 AM

    Manly seems to have quite a lot of wonderful tourist attractions especially Shelly Beach, North Fort Military Museum and shopping at the Corso. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    LOL....somebody ate the clownfish? Norman :)

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    WOW! Manly Beach still looks the same as it did when I lived there in 1970! I know, though, that the Corso has changed quite a bit. Used to love having a beer at the hotel after disembarking the ferry on way home fr work......sigh!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Denny- Shelley Beach is our favourite picnic spot in Sydney. And the great sea-walk to get there is beaut. Thanks. Great pictures too.

  • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Manly - I'll have to take a trip someday to see if it lives up to it's name! Certainly beautiful...

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Nice tips on the museum and the scenic walks. thanks for sharing


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