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Fairy Bower Pool

Fairy Bower Pool

Located along Marine Parade is the lovely Fairy Bower Pool. It is triangular in shape and the sculptures that sit along the rock edge are known as 'The Sea Nymphs' or 'The Oceanides', were created by Helen Leete. Built by local residents in 1929, Fairy Bower rockpool is one of a number of historic pools cut and blasted along the New South Wales coast as saltwater bathing became popular.
Manly Fresh Produce Markets

Manly Fresh Produce Markets

Located at Manly Plaza each week, this much-loved farmers market is a destination for locals, tourists, families, and Sunday brunch goers alike. All year round, fresh cut flowers and seasonal produce direct from farmers, lure visitors to the market that stretches along the plaza just off Sydney Road and Raglan Street, Manly. Swing by and stock your pantry with the incredible array of regionally grown produce, quality cheeses, olive oils, fresh flowers and so much more that are on offer every Sunday.
Cabbage Tree Bay

Cabbage Tree Bay

Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, to the northern of Shelly Beach. Recreational activities are allowed in Cabbage Tree Bay such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and underwater photography. More than 150 species of fish dwell in the reserve including iconic species such as blue groupers, giant cuttlefish, wobbygongs and a resident green turtle. Protected and threatened species also include weedy seadragons, seagrasses, elegant wrasse and grey nurse sharks. Fishing or collecting…
Manly Beach

Manly Beach

Manly Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches, best known for being the beach where the world's first surfing contest was held in 1964. The iconic beach, a 1.5 kilometre stretch of golden sand, lined by magnificent Norfolk pines curves two kilometres from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, or bombora creates waves prized by top surfers. It also caters for those wanting to learn to surf and most days you will see schools of surfers launching into the rips, paddling hard to get onto that elusive wave. Swimmers are, as always, advised to…
Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway

Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway

The Manly Scenic Walkway offers the visitor access to some of Sydney Harbour's most stunning scenery and bushland. The track meanders around the harbour foreshore from The Spit Bridge via Dobroyd Head to Manly. The track is 10 kilometres in length and takes the average walker about three hours to complete. There are six major entry and exit points to the walkway. These are located at The Spit Bridge, Clontarf Reserve, Cutler Road Lookout, Tania Park (Crater Cove and Arabanoo Lookouts), Wellings Reserve and Manly Wharf. Maps are available from the Manly Visitor Information Centre located next to Manly Wharf,…
Shelly Beach,  Manly

Shelly Beach, Manly

Shelly Beach is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, Shelly Beach has become popular with Scuba Divers and Snorkelers alike with a large variety of marine life which can viewed in relatively shallow water. Take a walk around the bush track which hugs the headland offering spectacular views of North Head and the Northern Beaches. Shelly Beach has showers, toilets and a cafe along with two free electric barbeques, perfect for that family picnic. For…
Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Manly Art Gallery and Museum

The Manly Art Gallery and Museum is only a four minutes walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 by Manly Council, it was the first metropolitan regional gallery in New South Wales. The gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of local, interstate and international visitors. The gallery is a hub of community activity, as they present workshops, recitals and performances. There is also a museum within the art gallery is dedicated to preserving Manly's unique history as one of Australia's most loved beach resorts. Opened in 1982, it focuses on the history of Manly and the Northern Beaches.…
Gallery 109 Manly

Gallery 109 Manly

Gallery 109 is a recently established art space in Manly NSW. Their vision is to provide opportunities for contemporary artists both local and across Australia, to connect with audiences via their visual art practices. They nurture and encourage experimentation in the artist’s field of practice and they will provide a supportive space for artists to showcase their work in a professional environment. They will assist and promote their artistic content in the form of solo or group exhibitions. They are located at 109 Sydney Road Manly, on the corner of George Street. The gallery is a 700m walk from Manly…
Collins Flat Beach

Collins Flat Beach

With its scenic harbour views, Collins Flat Beach, just north of Sydney city and nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is an idyllic spot for a romantic picnic. Whether you’re swimming in the calm waters or nibbling on gourmet snacks from a hamper for two, this hidden beach, with a breathtaking view across The Heads, feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With Q Station just a short drive away, you could even end off your romantic day out with an overnight stay at this beautifully restored heritage accommodation.
Queenscliff Beach

Queenscliff Beach

Queenscliff Beach is at the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach and is famous amongst the Australian surf beaches for its "heavy" waves (bomboras) that break out at sea. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s pro surfers being towed by jet-skis onto towering waves. There is a 50 metre rock pool at the northern end of Queenscliff Beach, tucked up against the cliffs on the headland and a walk around the cliff edges, through the "worm tunnel" and on to the next beach, Freshwater Beach. This walk can only be completed…
Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre

Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre

Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre has a wide range of pool facilities (50 metre and 25 metre outdoor and 25 metre indoor pool which is ramp and hoist accessible) to offer hours of enjoyment for the whole family. All of the pools are heated to a comfortable temperature, making it a pleasure to take the kids swimming, even on a cold or wet day. In winter, however, the outdoor shaded toddlers pool is closed from June - September and the outdoor lap pools will close for July for scheduled maintenance. There is an indoor children's Water Play and Leisure…
Manly scenic walkway

Manly scenic walkway

What’s the prettiest way to get to Manly? Some say catching the Manly ferry, but those in the know will tell you otherwise – it’s the Manly scenic walkway. Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic walk shows you some of the most picturesque parts of Sydney’s Middle and North Harbours and is part of Sydney's coastal walks. Follow the shoreline to Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay and Clontarf Beach then enter the Sydney Harbour National Park at Castle Rock. Make your way around Dobroyd Head and don't miss the Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point or the amazing views from Arabanoo lookout. Pass by or…
Fairfax walk

Fairfax walk

The Fairfax walk offers superb views and an enjoyable, gentle walk. This short paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head. Its circuit connects three lookouts which provide the kinds of views you see on Sydney postcards. Look out over endless ocean or across the harbour to the CBD.  The Fairfax walk is ideal for families with children and is partially wheelchair accessible. It’s also an exceptional walk for whale watchers during the June–July and August–October migration seasons. If you’ve still got energy to burn after completing the…
Reef Beach

Reef Beach

Reef Beach offers the chance to kick back in your own hometown, even if it’s only for an afternoon. This pretty spot, tucked away at Dobroyd Head, has incredible views across Sydney’s North Harbour to Manly. Make it a pit stop while walking the famous Manly Scenic Walkway, or pack a picnic and spend the day. Pause at the bench on the nearby boardwalk and take in the beautiful views. At low tide, you might even be able to spot some Aboriginal carvings in the rocks Dive in for a refreshing swim at this lovely spot – you’re bound to…
Freshwater Beach

Freshwater Beach

A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl. Swimming at Freshwater Beach started back in the early 1900s when campers would holiday close to the beach. A small creek running out the north end of the beach provided fresh water for the campers and gave the beach its name. The north headland provides excellent protection from the summer nor'easter, and waves are fairly consistent right along the beach thanks to reliable sandbanks. Freshwater's unique claim to fame is that this is…
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