Hello Manly / Northern Beaches
Hop on the ferry from Circular Quay in the center of Sydney and just 30 minutes later you'll be lapping up the sun in Manly. Thirty minutes after that, you could be enjoying a sandy stroll along the beach or tearing towards it on a surfboard. Golden beaches and catching waves are two of the last things that spring to mind when you think about what a suburb looks like. But in Manly, that's exactly what you get.
Running uninterrupted for 2.5 glorious miles between Freshwater Beach and Shelly Beach, Manly Beach is one of only 8 World Surfing Reserves. Not only recognizing the brilliant surf, this designation is also a nod to the neighborhood's rich surfing heritage. The first ever World Surfing Championships were held here in 1964, forever cementing the neighborhood's status as one of the great, iconic surfing destinations. With its bustling outdoor markets, salty surf shacks, and unpretentious bars and restaurants, this feel-good neighborhood is both laid-back and lively at the same time.