Manly Beach and the Manly Scenic Walkway

Manly Beach and the Manly Scenic Walkway are a magnificent and well worth visiting

A view of beautiful Manly Beach
A view of beautiful Manly Beach cc licensed photo by raindog808

Just a 30 minute ferry ride north across the harbour from downtown Sydney you will discover the beautiful community of Manly and its renowned beaches. The most southern of Sydney's northern beaches, Manly Beach is an ideal destination for a day trip out of the heart of Sydney.

When you first arrive by ferry at Manly Wharf you will be greeted by one of Manly's Beaches, but there is far more to see as you will discover below. The beach adjacent to the Manly ferry wharf has a swimming area that is surrounded by mesh — great if you are worried about sharks, although the threat is minimal. Other activities located adjacent to the ferry wharf are the Manly Waterworks waterslide park, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary (formerly Oceanworld Aquarium) where you can dive with sharks or enjoy the newly opened Penguin Cove exhibit, and Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

You'll also want to take a walk through the Corso, a pedestrian plaza lined with shops and restaurants that extends right across the peninsula from the Ferry wharf in Manly Cove to the main portion of Manly Beach on the other side. This famous beach is truly spectacular and offers something for everyone to enjoy. Relish the breathtaking scenery with a stroll along the Manley Scenic Walkway which links Manly Beach to other nearby beaches and parks providing opportunities for some great photos. Spend an afternoon sunbathing and swimming or even surfing. In the rock pool at the north end of the beach you can enjoy swimming in sea water without the waves. Afterwards you can enjoy browsing the many specialty shops or fill up on some food and refreshments at some of the many establishments lining the Corso between the two beaches.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Manly Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Manly Beach Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Quiet beautiful beach which is easily reached by ferry. There is one part of beach which is a bay and enclosed so it is safe to swim. Went there during weekday, therefore it is not so crowded. The ferry ride was fantastic as we can take good photos of Sydney Opera house and the Harbour Bridge together. Reachable by Manly Fast ferry, Sydney Ferry Services or Captain cook ferry.
Cheah KM - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Calm beautiful beach which is easily reached by ferry. I did not swim but saw many swimmers in the bay area. The ferry ride was fantastic. Plenty clear views of Sydney Opera house and the Harbour Bridge. Great photo opportunity. Reachable by Manly Fast ferry, Sydney Ferry. We walked over to Shelly Beach. Plenty hiking trails with awesome piture opportunities. After the initial easy to moderate rough terrain, most of the trails are flat with few steps and very well maintained. Beautiful plants, birds and flora aling the trails. Wish had more time to enjoy the trails
Jyoti Patel - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Taking a ferry to Manly is a delightful way to travel, and there's a special vibe to Manly's beaches in early autumn. Next to the swimming pool at the northern end of the beach, you can climb up a small cliff. At the very top, there's a small cave ,which is a minor attraction. It's not particularly magical, but worth checking out.
Steven Z - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating For me the most beautiful beach in the Sydney area. The broad promenade with the iconic pines und the beach with a surf school and many beach volleyball fields are perfect for sports or relaxing. The wooden pavilions are signs of Manly beach history as the place to be for the 1900s high society. Manly beach is my absolute favorite also in comparison to Bondi beach.
Felix B. - 4 months ago

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Directions

Train and Ferry Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L2, T2, T3, or T8 + Ferry F1Circular Quay to Manly Wharf0 minutes

How to get to Manly Beach by Train and Ferry

By Train and Ferry: Make your way by train or bus to Circular Quay and board the F1 Manly Ferry. This is a very scenic 30 minute ferry ride that docks right at Manly Wharf where your adventure begins. While there are other public transit options for getting to Manly, this is the most direct and makes getting there part of the fun.

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