“Manly – 7 Miles from Sydney and 1000 miles from care” was the slogan used by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company in 1940 to describe “Australia’s Premier Seaside Resort.”
The main drag, The Corso, with its busy fish and chip shops and ice-cream parlours, still exudes some of that charm of yesteryear.
One of Sydney’s “other” great ocean beaches, Manly’s golden stretch of sand is lined by Norfolk pines and luxurious beachfront apartment blocks sitting on top of wonderful restaurants.
The beach offers a host of activities, including surfing and beach volleyball lessons, as well as plenty of room for a relaxing sunbathing session (but no smoking while you’re at it – Manly Council was one of the first councils in Australia to ban smoking on the beach and offenders could face a $110 fine).
Take a walk south from the beach and you’ll find yourself on the Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture Walk, which gives visitors an insight into Cabbage Tree Bay’s unique marine life, plants, animals, history and attractions.
Did you know?
Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people of the Kay-ye-my clan.
How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue offer frequent flight to Sydney from most major cities in Australia.
The best way to get to Manly is by catching a ferry from Circular Quay.
Best time to go
Official Manly tourism website
Public transport information for the Sydney area, including ferry services
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.