• Features: One of the northern beaches of Sydney
  • Opening Times: 8am to 4pm, daily
  • Best Time to Visit: Weekdays in summer
  • Duration: Any
  • Travelled By: Car
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: Manly, NSW, Australia
  • Type: Beach

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Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney on the North Shore, Manly Beach is one of the more popular beaches in Sydney. If you asked the Sydneysiders to nominate a single excursion outside the city, most would nominate the 11-km (7-mile) ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly.

Manly Beach: Best Excursion outside Sydney


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Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney on the North Shore, Manly Beach is one of the more popular beaches in Sydney. If you asked the Sydneysiders to nominate a single excursion outside the city, most would nominate the 11-km (7-mile) ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly.

Manly Beach is picturesque with a long curve of golden sand edged with Norfolk Island pines. This narrow stretch of land lying between the harbour and the ocean was named by Governor Phillip, even before the township of Sydney got its name, for the indigenous people living there.


Things to Do in Manly

Laid-back Manly clings to a narrow isthmus between ocean and harbour beaches near North Head. Surrounded by stuffy harbour enclaves, there are many things to do in Manly.


Manly Beach Attractions

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The primary attraction at Manly is, of course, the main ocean beach. The main ocean beach is popular with sunbathers, with its promenade lined by towering Norfolk pines.


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The Corso is a lively pedestrian thoroughfare that connects Manly’s ocean and harbour beaches – surf shops, burger joints, juice bars and lousy cappuccino cafes proliferate.

On the harbour side, the refurbished Manly Wharf offers cafes, pubs and restaurants. To the right of the rejuvenated Manly wharf are shops, restaurants and bars on the adjacent pier and, on the left, the tranquil harbourside beach known as Manly Cove.


Shelley Beach Manly

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The walk from the main ocean beach to Shelley Beach is one of the nicest walks in Sydney. Looking at the ocean, head to your right along the beachfront and follow the coastal path to the small and sheltered Shelley Beach, a nice area for snorkelling and swimming. Follow the bitumen path up the hill to the car park. Here, a track cuts up into the bush and leads toward a firewall, which marks the entrance to the Sydney Harbour National Park. Around here you’ll have spectacular ocean views across to Manly and the northern beaches.


Little Manly Beach

In addition to the main ocean beach, there are two small beaches on either side of the ferry terminal. Known as Little Manly Beach by the locals, this small beach near the ferry station doesn’t have much to offer. You’re much better off walking over to the main beach.


Oceanworld Manly

West of Manly Wharf is Oceanworld Manly, a daggy-looking 80’s aquarium with underwater transparent tubes through which you become alarmingly intimate with 10ft sharks. Here, visitors can see sharks, giant stingrays and other species in an underwater viewing tunnel. You can also dive with the sharks.


Where is Manly Beach?

Manly Beach is located 11 kilometres (7 miles) on a ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney.


Manly Beach Map

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Manly Beach Address

Manly Beach


NSW 2095



How to get to Manly Beach?

Manly Beach can be reached via ferry or bus.


Ferry to Manly Beach

The best way to get to Manly Beach is via ferry. To get to Manly, catch the ferry or JetCat from Circular Quay.


Manly Beach Bus

You can also get to Manly Beach by bus. To get to Manly, catch bus 169 or E69 from Wynward or 151 from QVB.


Manly Beach Parking

Manly has four cark parks that are open daily at various hours. Two car parks are located in Central Avenue, one in Whistler Street and one in Wentworth Street. All day pre-paid parking is available in the National Car Park, subject to conditions and availability.

2 hours free parking can be available in one of the car parks mentioned above between the hours of 6:30am and 6:59pm every day, subject to licence plate recognition conditions. Disabled parking is available in all car parks.

For parking station enquiries please phone the Whistler Parking Station Office on (02) 9976 1485 during office hours.

The four Council Parking Stations with hours of operation are listed below.


Manly National

Central Avenue Manly

Monday to Sunday: open 24 hours

220 car spaces


Pacific Waves

Central Avenue Manly

Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 12 midnight

163 car spaces



Wentworth Street Manly

Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 12 midnight

288 car spaces



Whistler Street Manly

Monday to Thursday: 6:30am to 12 midnight

Friday to Sunday: Open 24 hours

342 car spaces


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