Surrounded by the ocean and the harbour, Manly is everything Australian. It was definitely love at first sight. Manly beach is Sydney’s most popular beaches and becoming a most visited international destination for overseas travellers aside from Bondi beach. Manly is very alive with long sandy beaches, small coves, inlets, bikinis, cold icy beers, seagulls, and great energy. Everything about Manly characterizes this idyllic seaside location. The beach is easily accessible by ferry operating from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf or by CityRail depending where you’re beginning your trip. Manly beach is the most breathtaking beach I’ve ever been to, I loved this beach instantly when I laid my eyes on it.
There is so much to do and see, like the Manly Scenic Walkway, Cabbage Tree Bay, the Harbour beaches, Spit Bridge, Manly Eastern Hill Heritage walk, Manly Heritage Plaque Walk, and its freshwater seafood restaurants and festivals.
Here are some of the festivals to check out while you’re there:
Manly Heritage Festival – April
Manly food and wine festival – June 4-5
Guringai Festival (Aboriginal culture) – July
Manly Arts Festival – September
Manly International Jazz Festival – October
Carols by Candlelight – December
New Year’s Eve celebrations – fireworks on the beach and DJ music
If you’re looking to relax by the shore and bake under the sun, you can hire umbrellas and chairs so you won’t have to lug your own umbrellas and chairs around with you. (Aussies say “hire,” not “rent” or “rentals”.) Aussies are in great shape, they’ve got bronzed skin and cut arms, legs and abs! Join their jogs and bike rides along the famous Manly Beach and follow the dedicated bike path along the ocean promenade and down past the Cabbage Tree Bay to picturesque Shelly Beach.