Manly is set on a physically striking slice of headland that is renowned for the quality and variety of its lovely beaches.
It boasts an airy, open feel that’s far more “tropical” than the core areas of Sydney further south, and has become a magnet for tourists and expats alike due to its bevy of dining and drinking options.
Great offer of local pubs and bars, nightclubs, live music, theatre and cinemas
Good number of parking spaces, average cost of street parking, average speed and road quality, and perception of road rage
Easy access to supermarkets, local shops, and convenience stores
Accessing gyms, local parks and public spaces, sporting facilities and swimming centres, walkways and cycleways in the suburb
Quick access to train, buses and ferries
Local lively markets, large shopping centres and boutique shops
For all things surf, The Corso is the pedestrian mall filled with surf shops and boutiques.
But if you aren't into surfing, a scenic walk to Shelley Beach or Fairy Bower Pool might be your thing. Shelly Beach also has BBQ facilities and it’s great for snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding. Other hidden gems are Little Manly Cove and Collins Flat Beach, and historical ancient Grotto Point with Aboriginal rock engravings.
On weekends, visit the Manly Arts and Craft Market for handmade, artisan and vintage souvenirs.
Garfish Manly is a local favourite, along with Sake Restaurant and Bar for sushi, the Manly Greenhouse for its ocean views, The Boathouse Shelly Beach for fantastic fish and chips.
Popular places for drinks are The Manly Wharf Hotel and The Cumberland, but if you’re looking for local brews, 4 Pines Manly Brewpub is the place to go.
Take a stroll along pedestrian mall The Corso in the heart of Manly for bars and cafés with options for everyone.