Manly Beach and the Manly Scenic Walkway

Manly Beach and Manly Scenic Walkway are nothing less than spectacular

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

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: N Head Scenic Dr, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Phone: (02) 8969 2100

Official Website: Manly Beach and the Manly Scenic Walkway


Train and Ferry Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 or T3 + FerryCircular Quay to Manly Wharf0 minutes

How to get to Manly Beach and the Manly Scenic Walkway by Train and Ferry

By Train and Ferry: Make your way by train or bus to Circular Quay and board the ferry to Manley. 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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Rated 4.6 out of 5North Head Sanctuary Visitor Centre, Manly (Sydney Harbour Federation Trust) Star Rating

5 Star Rating A fabulous place to get a bird's eye view of Sydney and its waterways. If you keep your eyes and ears open, you may be able to see and hear some wildlife including birds. The carpark is wheelchair friendly and so are some of the paths. The ground is reasonably flat, so a stroll would suit nature lovers of all ages.

Amit Chakraborty - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Friendly and helpful staff. Agreat place to visit.

Ian Heiniger - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Friendly and knowledgeable staff, in a central (in relation to North Head) location. We did the tunnel tour which was great for history buffs or anyone wanting to escape the concrete jungle and see a bit of nature.

Lex van Netten - 2 months ago

2 Star Rating We took a bus from Manly Wharf but alight early due to our mistake. The bus could actually drive us all the way to the North Head Sanctuary without us walking for 20 – 30 minutes from the bus stop. I did not like this place so much as there was nothing fascinating to see. I probably did not discover enough beautiful spots here to get excited.

Shirline J - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating This place is wonderful - definitely worth a visit. Follow Darley Road up past Manly Hospital & follow signs to North Head Fort Tour. Only $10.00 for guided tours (check times on Web). We had a very Informative tour of the memorial walk then tour of the underground tunnels & storage area with a guide named Andrew. Views from the lookout are the best I've ever seen of Sydney Harbour.

Jenny T - 4 months ago


Introduction to Manly's fabulous beaches and scenic walkway

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