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Manly Beach, Sydney

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Manly Beach stands as one of the best places to experience Australian beach culture. Captain Arthur Phillip gave the sandy area its name based on his perception of the masculine behavior of the indigenous people he met when he arrived in 1788. Now the long sandy beaches also are home to trendy shops and nightclubs. If you want activity, try surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. If you prefer leisure, enjoy a picnic on the sheltered beach of Manly Cove. Only 11 km (7 mi) from downtown Sydney, the beach is easily accessible from Circular Quay via regular ferry or fast catamaran. Plan to see Manly Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sydney road trip planner.
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  • I LOVE MANLY. I am biased, but truly it is the best. I almost don't want to review, because I don't want everyone coming here, but I also don't want to send any shade to Manly, as it is truly such a.....  more
    I LOVE MANLY. I am biased, but truly it is the best. I almost don't want to review, because I don't want everyone coming here, but I also don't want to send any shade to Manly, as it is truly such a.....  more »
  • I first came to Manly in the 80’s and remember the famous white dog that could ride the skate board himself. Have visited from England quite a few times over the years and have done the spit bridge.....  more
    I first came to Manly in the 80’s and remember the famous white dog that could ride the skate board himself. Have visited from England quite a few times over the years and have done the spit bridge.....  more »
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  • You already know. Manly beach is amongst the best beaches in Australia. Thousands of people visit each day and there are lifeguards almost all year round. The water is really clean and shops are a 2 minute walk from the beach. There are also tonnes of parks and public ammenities around the beach.
  • I love Manly! Reasonably consistent and pretty good waves. Food options in the vicinity are not bad! Heritage rich area (for example, Cpn Arthur Phillip got speared on the beach after a misunderstanding arose with the indigenous people there, but he ordered his men not to retaliate).

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