“Manly is one of Sydney’s better known beach side suburbs.”
Of course, Bondi is internationally renowned, but if I had to choose from the two, I would head to Manly every time.
One reason for that choice is that, when departing from central Sydney, the trip from Circular Quay on the Manly Ferry is one of the best public transport journeys you could have anywhere in the world. For just $7.20 (cheaper if you have a Senior’s or Concession Card) you get close up views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, Garden island Naval Base, Fort Denison Sydney’s former harbour garrison, South and North Head, and some of Sydney’s best prime real estate including waterfront mansions.
Manly has a couple of beaches. There is the harbour beach at Manly Cove, which provides safe swimming adjacent to the wharf. Then there are the surf beaches, which are accessed by a short walk along The Corso, which links the harbour with the surf. With promenade that is shaded by majestic Norfolk Pines you have a choice of swimming at either South Steyne or North Steyne, both of which are patrolled by life savers.
South Steyne has a salt water pool that has been hewn out of the coastal rocks, or you can have a pleasant wander around to Shelly Beach which is also protected and calm so safe for swimming.
“If you are looking for a meal, you can be overwhelmed by choice.”
Starting at the wharf, and moving down The Corso and through the side streets are dozens of restaurants and cafes serving all types of cuisines. One of my favourite feasts, though, is to head down to South Steyne and buy fresh fish and chips and sit at a table overlooking the beach to pass the time away.
Manly is a much laid back type of place. It is somewhere people go simply to enjoy themselves in fantastic surroundings. The place can get packed on a typical lovely, warm Sydney day, but because of the length of its beaches, and the range of attractions, such as the Manly SEA Life Sanctuary where you can appreciate the range fish which hang around Manly but under the water, there is always somewhere you can find when you just want to be by yourself to admire to lovely views.