Manly is most notable for its beaches which are popular tourist destinations. Manly features a long stretch of sand on the ocean side, that runs from Queenscliff Beach to North Steyne Beach and Manly Beach. This is followed by rock pools and sandy beaches called Fairy Bower and Shelly Beach. There are also a number of beaches on the harbour side of the peninsula. Norfolk Island pine trees are also symbolic of Manly and are a prominent feature of both the ocean and harbour beaches.

On 10 March 2012, the 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) stretch between Freshwater Beach and Shelly Beach was declared the “Manly -Freshwater World Surfing Reserve“. The Reserve was dedicated in a ceremony in Manly Beach by world surfing champion Kelly Slater

It has great shopping, restaurants, bars and hotels all within walking distance.

Manly is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. Considered the gateway to Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches, it offers a wide variety of unique attractions and activities for people of all ages.

’7 Miles from nowhere and 1000 miles from care’ was the slogan used by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company in 1940, and it’s still the best way to describe this idyllic destination.

Every weekend, people from all over Sydney make the pilgrimage to Manly for a great day out. The Manly ferries from Circular Quay disgorge thousands of tourists at the Manly Wharf several times a day, and the roads leading to the Northern Beaches are noticeably clogged most weekend mornings with those eager to explore everything that Manly has to offer. And with good reason. It’s just a fantastic spot. Unlike the cosmopolitan, slightly more socially upmarket Eastern suburbs beach venues, Manly has a laid back, casual, friendly atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

As a local, I’d like to help you plan your days with 10 things that I think you should do in Manly.

1. Manly OceanWorld
2. Hugo’s Manly
3. Manly Wharf Bar
4. Manly Saturday Markets
5. Manly Bike Tours
6. Garfish Restuarant
7. The Steyne Hotel
8. Le Kiosk at Shelly Beach
9. Manly Kayaks
10. Walk through the Manly Corso