THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Possibly the best known beach to tourists after Bondi Beach, Manly’s long stretch of golden sand is said to have been the location of the first Surf Life Saving Club in the world. You’ll find volleyball nets, surf board hire and plenty of sand to stretch out.
Q Station Ghost Tour
Prefer terrifying ghostly encounters to a lazy day at the beach? Q Station has been running ghost tours for 20 years, and it’s said to be home to playful, intellectual and matronly spirits.
Manly Bike Tours
Hire a beach cruiser from Manly Bike Tours for $16 per hour and take a leisurely cycle along Cabbage Tree Bay cycle path. Each bike is fitted with a pocket bag for your essentials (phone, lock) and there’s a laminated map attached to the handlebars.
Manly Beach is considered to be the birthplace of Australian surfing – hosting the first World Surfboard Riders Championship in 1964 – so where better to learn from the masters? Manly Surf School, which runs lessons across Collaroy, Long Reef, Palm, and Manly Beaches, runs daily dunks in the ocean courtesy of their 30 trained surfing teachers.
Diving in Manly
You don’t need to travel to the Great Barrier Reef to discover Australia’s marine life – you can see cockatoo fish, leatherjackets, sea urchin (so much sea urchin) and teeny tiny pomfrets right here, in Manly. Dive Centre Manly runs Snorkel Safaris of three popular spots in the area, and they take visitors on underwater adventures every day.
Manly to Spit Walk
Get a sense of the tremendous history of the land on the bucket list ten-kilometre trek Manly to Spit coastal walk. At the highest point of the climb you can see Aboriginal rock engravings of a kangaroo, a whale and small fish at Grotto Point.