Manly is an ideal place to go for a day trip or to visit for a few hours from Sydney. Manly is a carefree place which is easy to access from Sydney as you are able to take a ferry ride from Circular Quay which takes 30 minutes. Manly is situated between a surf beach one side and a inner harbour beach on the other side. In Manly you are able to surf, swim and dive with sharks.
Connecting Manly Wharf and the surf beach is The Corso which is a shopping area lined with palm trees. Along The Corso you are also able to find restaurants and pubs.
Manly is popular with both walkers and surfers with it’s smooth waves. The smooth waves make Manly the perfect place for surfing and there is a surfing school offering a beginners course.
Make a stop at Manly distillery where you are able to try the local made gin which is made with ocean botanicals.
Take a walk from Manly to Shelly Beach which is a short walk and only takes 15 minutes. Once you have reached Shelly Beach you can learn how to do stand up paddle boarding.
Whilst in Manly we stopped at Manly Greenhouse located on the beachfront for a coffee, we did not have any food as they did not start serving any food till 11am. This was the perfect place to sit and chill for a bit as we sat outside watching passers by. Once we had finished exploring Manly we stopped along The Corso at The Ivanhoe for some food. If you are wanting some breakfast whilst in Manly a popular spot is Rollers Bakehouse.
This could be an unpopular opinion but I preferred Manly to Bondi as I found that the beaches were nicer and that Manly had a nicer atmosphere and a lot more relaxed.
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