Enjoy the wonderful delights of the iconic Manly Beach named Australia’s best beach in the TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveller’s Choice awards.
Manly Ocean Beach is lined by magnificent Norfolk pines. The beach curves 2kms from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, or bombora creates waves prized by top surfers. Follow the scenic foreshore walk starting at the southern end of the beach and finishes at Shelly Beach.
Manly beach was named by Capt. Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there. He wrote that "Their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place"
As one of the first seaside resorts to allow daylight swimming and surfing back in 1903, Manly offers the unique combination of wide ocean beaches on one side and serene sandy harbour coves and inlets on the other.
Try the ocean side surfing beaches and coves of Manly for active water sports: surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Or simply take a dip in one of the saltwater swimming pools.
Join the visitors and locals on the long beach front promenade and cycle ways to stroll, jog, rollerblade or bike ride.
- Public buses
Public bus services operate from interchanges located on Belgrave Street and the Western esplanade. More information and timetables available at Transport NSW
- Manly Ferry
The famous Manly Ferry provides a fantastic value 30 minute ride between the Manly Wharf and Circular Quay in the city, and if you are lucky you may see some of our seasonal visitors including dolphin, humpback whales or even a seal. More information and timetables available at Transport NSW
- Fast ferries
Fast ferry services are provided are provided by Sydney Fast Ferries (departing from the main wharf). These services operate an hourly service which takes approximately 18 minutes. Manly Fast Ferries also offer services to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo.
- Hop Skip & Jump bus
The Hop, Skip & Jump community mini buses run on three routes seven days a week. The bus routes interchange at the Totem Shopping Centre in Condamine Street Balgowlah and run to Manly, Seaforth, Balgowlah Heights, and to North Balgowlah Monday to Friday only.
For your safety and the safety of others at the beach please follow these simple areas.
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- Read the safety signs
- Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for safety advice
- Swim with a friend or family member
- If you need help, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm above your head
- Do not enter the water if drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs
- Wear sunscreen, seek shade and stay hydrated
- For any emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police
Manly Beach is patrolled year round by lifeguards.
Manly offers a number of disability accessible facilities:
- Beach wheelchair
- Inclusive playground (North Steyne)
- Accessible beach showers
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Queenscliff Rockpool
- Manly surf pavilion boat ramp
- Multiple filtered water taps and drinking fountains
Further information can be found at HelloManly
Car parking is available along the beach front and is free for four hours for vehicles displaying a valid Northern Beaches Council parking permit. Pay and display is available for those without and fees are available at the meter. Information on carpark facilities can be found on the Council Parking Stations page.