A beautiful boat ride from Sydney Harbour takes you to this lovely, laid-back Aussie town. I definitely want to go back some day!
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I’ve only been to Manly once. It was with my husband Zac on Valentine’s Day many moons ago. Just like Bondi, it’s not the most spectacular beach you will see in Australia, but it’s not bad either. You come here for the atmosphere, not the beach. It’s a beautiful area of Sydney and has a real upmarket surfer vibe.
The ferry ride from Circular Quay is a good indicator of what sort of place Manly is. Old colleagues of mine who rode the ferry to work would often see dolphins jumping alongside them in the mornings, so my advice would be to sit outside at the front of the ferry where you might be lucky enough to see some too.
When you alight at the pier, the beach is just to your left. When Zac and I went, we had a pleasant stroll along the West Esplanade, where we happened across the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. They had a lot of ceramics of houses on display, which was really cute and some cool art from local artists. We were in a silly mood that day, so we went to sit in the kid’s area and did some colouring, where we did quite an excellent job on some penguins!
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Next we headed to the shops, and was surprised to find many upmarket and independent boutiques. I thought it would be full of surf shops, but how wrong I was. We followed up with some of the most amazing fish and chips in one of the restaurants on the main street. I can’t tell you the name of the place as for the life of me I can’t remember it, but you’re in Manly, Australia, trust me you will find good fish and chips just about anywhere.
Many Beach, Manly, NSW 2095 | www.manlyaustralia.com.au
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Thanks so much for reading my post today on my visit to visiting Manly in Sydney. Besides it’s beautiful beach, there’s so much to see and do in this area, from the museum, to boutique shops and lovely coastal walks. It’s definitely worth the short trip. And if the weather is fine, then it’s an absolute must!
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