Manly is a seaside suburb popular with visitors an as a holiday destination for Sydneysiders alike. Just 11km by boat from the Sydney CBD, the area is just a popular for a day trip as an extended stay. Ferries and JetCats operate daily from Circular Quay otherwise just a 40 minute drive should get you here through light traffic.
Home to a great range of dining options, Manly enjoys casual cafes and bars as well as quality steak, seafood, Italian and Asian restaurants. Located north of Sydney Harbour, Manly boasts one of the biggest and most beautiful ocean beaches in Sydney. The best surf is located in North Steyne, South Steyne and Queenscliff making these beaches especially popular with board riders and wind surfers.
There is little of historic significance in Manly however there are still a number of worthy attractions including the highly regarded Art Gallery and Museum on the West Esplanade and the Oceanworld Aquarium, just off the wharf and home to an excellent range of wildlife and shoes including the exciting shark feeding sessions and a seal show.
The Quarantine Station is one of Manly's and indeed Sydney's most unique holiday attractions, located on an isolated yet pretty spot on the North Head harbour. Operated from the early 1830s until the 1960s, the station incarcerated immigrants entering Sydney who had possibly been exposed to infectious diseases, remaining at the station until the incubation period and danger of spreading had passed. Day tours of the station are available however bookings must be made in advance.
Due to the nature of the station, it's no surprise that sadly, many people died there particularly in the early years. Ghost tours of the site are also available of a night, providing an eerie and unique perspective on the attraction. Again, bookings must be made in advance.
The headland also offers a walking track 100m above the rocky sea below, with an oceanside park nearby that houses remnants of WWII gun emplacements. The Army Reserve also incorporates an artillery museum, gun sites and tunnels which are open to the public.
For a selection of holiday accommodation in the Manly area please have a look at our Manly Accommodation list.