Manly Beach, Sydney

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#1 of 478 in Beaches in Australia
Manly Beach stands as one of the best places to experience Australian beach culture. Captain Arthur Phillip gave the sandy area its name based on his perception of the masculine behavior of the indigenous people he met when he arrived in 1788. Now the long sandy beaches also are home to trendy shops and nightclubs. If you want activity, try surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. If you prefer leisure, enjoy a picnic on the sheltered beach of Manly Cove. Only 11 km (7 mi) from downtown Sydney, the beach is easily accessible from Circular Quay via regular ferry or fast catamaran. Plan to see Manly Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sydney road trip planner .
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  • We love Manly with its beautiful beaches, heaps of cafes and coffee shops. Be sure to wander down the little laneways - there are all sorts of different cafes hiding away just off The Corso.  more »
  • Don't waste your time going to Bondi. Manly is far superior with a wonderful palm lined esplanade on both ends of a narrow spit of land - one side is the ocean beach and the other side the harbour. A ...  more »
  • If you only have a choice of Manly vs Bondi, go to Manly. The entire experience with the ferry trip and the walk through the village and the beach is very special day out. The beach area is very pictu...  more »
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  • One of the best beaches in Sydney! Great to Walk from Queenscliff round to Shelley. Watch out for Bluebottles if the wind blows them in - can give you a nasty sting!
  • Such a Wonderfull place. I have been the first time with the rain but it was gorgeous, so i decided to come back in a sunny day. Great decision, it was really nice!
  • I went there expecting to increase my manliness, but while there I had no outward signs of greater buffness or cooler facial hair. Other than the false advertising, it was a very beautiful beach.
  • Even in the winter, the rich golden sand and temperate waters are inviting - some local teens at least weren't put off! Nicely kept beach frontage, vast expanse of sand and some decent [not overpriced] places to eat and shop in Manly close by
  • Gr9 Beach, but false advertisement, not nearly manly enough, I saw leik 30000 grillz there. Would give 0 starz if I could

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