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If you are backpacking around Australia, make sure you come and check out Manly Beach, Sydney Australia!

Where to stay?

Board rider Backpacker & Beachfront Motel is located only 80 metres from Manly Beach. They have nightly social events to get you mingling with other travellers!

Manly Backpackers is one of the larger hostels located in the heart of Manly. They have plenty of shared common areas including a huge TV room to socialise in.

What to do in Manly?

Manly Beach

o   Manly Beach is the birth place of Australian surfing. If you are a learner the guys at Manly Surf School will help get you up on your first wave.

o   If surfing is not your thing, test out your skills at the free beach volleyball courts.

Shelly Beach

o   Shelly beach is one of the only western beaches on the east coast of Australia. Only a 20-minute walk from Manly Beach.

o   Grab your snorkel and enjoy the underwater world of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. You can also rent your gear from Manly snorkel Hire.

·        Scenic Walk ways

o   North Head Sanctuary loop is a 9km walk starting from Shelly Beach with breathtaking views of Sydney harbour and amazing Australian wildlife – keep your eyes open for the migrating whales!

o   Manly to Spit walkway is a lovely 10km walk along some of Sydney’s best harbour side beaches.

Manly Market place

o   Wander through the laneways off the Corso to discover Manly’s popular open aired weekend Markets. Full of locally made products ranging from Artworks to Jewellery – open every Saturday and Sunday along Sydney Road.

Manly Cove

o   Experience the magic of Store Beach. Accessible only by water this is a wonderful little getaway for the adventurous spirit.

o   Hire Kayaks or a Stand-up paddle board from Manly Kayak Centre to explore Store BeachCollins Beach or Little Manly Cove.

If you only have a couple of hours hire a bike to explore more of Manly. Make sure you head up to North Head or along the beach front.

For more information about these free spots on Manly Beach CLICK HERE


Manly is lucky enough to host plenty of events throughout the year. Some of our top festivals include The Manly ​Jazz Festival​, Manly food and wine festival​, and our annual surfing carnival​.

CLICK HERE for a full calendar list of all the events coming our way this year.


Caravan Parking

Hire a caravan or ​rent a ​car from Manly Car and Truck Rental and explore more of Manly and the Northern Beaches area.

The closest free parking​ in Manly​ is ​located on ​Kenneth Street where you can either​ take a short​ walk or catch a bus into Manly centre​.

If you want to sleep in your caravan overnight, an easy 25 min drive north of the city​ is Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.

Are you getting hungry?

Shelly Beach has free electric BBQ’s that are great if you are looking for a picnic style lunch.

CLICK HERE for a list of Manly’s food deals and specials

Do you need a drink?

Happy hour starts from 4pm-6pm every day at various different bars and restaurants around Manly.

CLICK HERE for the full list of venues that host happy hour.


Travelling to Sydney and looking for things to do? Manly is ranked as Sydney’s best beach by tripadvisor and offers experiences and tours for kids, couples and solo holiday makers. Located 20 minutes across Sydney harbour by ferry, visitors can hit the both surfing ocean beaches, and quiet harbourside beach coves. Over 150 bars add restaurants, is complemented with plenty to see with tours, activities, outdoor markets and shopping malls.

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