11 ways to spend a day in manly


Manly Beach is an absolutely amazing suburb in Sydney's northern beaches. Even though this is the area I live in and I may be biased, many of Sydney's twenty somethings would agree with me that this is one of the best suburbs to hang out in. With amazing restaurants, cool bars, tons of beaches within walking distance, surfers galore, and an amazing little beach community, you MUST spend some time in Manly whether you're just visiting Sydney, or you live on a different side of Sydney. PS: Manly has the best commute - a 20 minute fast ferry ride (or 30 minute regular ferry) from CBD is a pretty ideal way to get around, with stunning views of the Opera House and Bridge on your way. This Manly Beach guide shares 11 ways to spend a sunny day in paradise:

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1. DO THE MANLY TO SHELLY SWIM

A group of locals who call their group the Bold and Beautiful meet daily at 7:30 to swim from Manly to Shelly and back (1.5 km in total). It's a great way to meet people, and get your workout in at the same time. Look for the pink caps, or opt to do it on your own!

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2. GRAB BREKKY AT GIRDLERS

Girdlers is my favorite breakfast restaurant in Manly, hands down. Great pancakes, egg dishes, avo toast, smoothie bowls and crepes! It's got a cute patio feel, and is tucked away just off the Corso with a cute, outdoor/indoor setup. Our favorite dishes are the 'cauliflower rice shakshuka' and the 'holy avo' (with halloumi!)

3. GET SOME SUN AT THE BEACH

It’s pretty damn obvious that Manly is known for its gorgeous beach, lined with pine trees. But, you might not have known that Manly has a lot more beaches to offer, some of which are nearly empty compared to the popular ones! Manly Beach can’t be beat, and Shelly Beach is a must see, but on a more crowded summer day, I opt to checkout quieter ones to avoid the tourist crowd. If you're looking for one of those, try Little Manly, Colin’s Beach or Fairlight Beach.

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4. EAT LUNCH AT CHICA BONITA

Chica Bonita is my favorite Mexican food in Sydney, and possibly the closest to California Mexican. (Does anyone else find it odd that Australian Mexican restaurants all put cole slaw in everything!?) They do amazing bowls & burritos at lunch!

5. TAKE A DIP IN THE FAIRY BOWER POOL

One of my favorite ocean pools with it's cool statues, and clear blue water that contrasts with the blue hues of the ocean behind it. This pool is pretty picture perfect, and a great place to get your tan on.

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