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There’s no better way to explore Manly than to get outside and experience this beachside paradise above and below the water!

Take in epic views, discover new skills and see Manly with a new perspective.

We’ve got the perfect list of experiences to help get your outdoor adventure started.


Make waves

Surfing in Manly
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Manly’s golden sands and sparkling waters are fringed by the iconic towering Norfolk Pines so take the plunge and explore the stunning beaches and hidden rock pools!

There are plenty of ‘learn to surf’ programs and experiences that are suitable for all ages. The friendly team at Manly Surf School will make sure you learn all the basics to get you standing by the end of your lesson. If you left your board at home, no problem! You can hire a board and a wetsuit from Manly Surfboards.


Dive deep into Cabbage Tree Bay

Outdoor activities in Manly
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With over 160 different marine species to see in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, it makes snorkelling or diving different every time you go. You can either bring your own snorkel, hire one from Manly Dive Centre or even better, book yourself on a tour with ECOTREASURES. Join a scuba boat dive with either Pro Dive or Dive Centre Manly. They both offer internationally recognised learn to dive courses too.


Get your paddle on

Things to do in Manly
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Prefer to stay on top of the water? Jump in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and discover Manly from a whole new perspective. Hire a kayak or a SUP from Manly Kayak Centre to explore secluded beaches, hidden coves and amazing wildlife. Do you want to combine snorkelling and explore Shelly Beach on a stand up paddleboard? Join a unique exploration of Shelly Beach and the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve with ECOTREASURES.


Hit these trails

Walking in Manly
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Discover the Manly to Spit trail where you can explore hidden beaches, Aboriginal engravings and mangrove swamps. Or take in the stunning harbour views up on North Head. To learn more about the amazing walks check out our Manly Walking Guide. If you are up for the challenge, try the 80km Bondi to Manly Walk which takes you right across the foreshores of Sydney Harbour.


Explore Manly on two wheels

What to do in Manly
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Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or new to bike riding, Manly has a huge variety of bike tracks for all skill levels. Hire a bike from Manly Bikes to cruise along the beachfront or explore North Head Sanctuary on your own. For a more challenging ride discover Manly Dam, one of the best mountain biking trails and parks in Sydney. Join a mountain bike tour with Joe’s Mountain Tour to make the most of your ride. Joe offers tours for beginners, intermediates and experts and cater for all occasions.


Travelling with Kids

Manly Surf n Slide - Waterside activities in Manly

Keep the kids busy with an afternoon at the Manly Surf n Slide where they’ll have non-stop, fast and furious fun. Enjoy a tandem bike ride along the beachfront or a family kayak in the calm waters of Manly Cove.