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The Best Things To Do And See In Manly, Sydney

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Updated: 8 February 2017
Manly has become one of the most popular places for both Sydney locals and tourists thanks to its natural beauty and buzzing atmosphere. Here is our guide to the best things to see and do in Manly.

Manly to North Head Run

Manly is situated right next to a protected national park and a headland named North Head. You can start your run anywhere along Manly Beach and then follow the path along Shelly Beach, before the challenging uphill climb to North Head. Once you’re up there, the pain endured will be forgotten as you admire some of the best panoramic views in the city. Best of all, you can enjoy a swim at the end of your return journey.

Learn to Surf

While you’re at the beach, why not learn how to catch a wave? The friendly folk at Manly Surf School are teach you all the skills involved in surfing and how to handle yourself and your surfboard in the ocean. You will meet some other beginners and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Double proud today bc we both stood up! Surfed // ate a lot of sand in Australia ✅ #waverats

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Go to the Markets

If you love handmade arts and crafts then the Manly Markets are not to be missed. You can find everything from jewellery to paintings and photography to homemade body care products. The markets are open every weekend 10am-5pm except public holidays and you’re bound to find a special memento here from your time in Manly.

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Eat & Drink at the Manly Wharf

The Manly Wharf is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city including the very popular Papi Chulo. This restaurant is a smokehouse and grill also serves up creative cocktails perfect for shipping while you watch the sun go down.

Manly Wharf, 22-23 E Esplanade, Manly

Relax at Shelly Beach

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. Shelly Beach has showers, toilets and a kiosk along with two free barbecues, perfect for a picnic or a day away from the hustle and bustle.