Manly is only a half an hour from the Sydney CBD and the perfect spot for a girls’ getaway. The best part about a girls’ weekend is having fun with your nearest and dearest. Whether you’re looking to plan a night out, a shopping adventure or chilling at the beach, Manly is an exceptional girls’ getaway location.
Where to Stay
Manly has plenty of accommodation options
The Quest Manly is located opposite Manly Wharf and offers an array of accommodation options including studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom self- contained apartments. The central location is close to all the Manly attractions.
Located in the heart of Sydney National Park, The Q station is the perfect spot to sit back and relax. They have a private beach and onsite restaurant for you to enjoy. All rooms have stunning views across Sydney Harbour and it is a great spot to watch the sunset.
Manly Surfside Apartments have 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments on the beachfront. The stylish apartments are fully equipped with everything you need to make your girls’ weekend successful.
Start your morning with a stand up paddle Yoga lesson with Flow mOcean. Wear your swimmers, expect to laugh until your abs are sore and in between you can do some asanas. If you prefer to keep dry, Manly has plenty of yoga studios for you and your girls to choose from. Some local favourites are Qi Yoga, Power Living and the Concentric.
After a busy morning, you will have worked up a healthy appetite for breakfast.
Pure Wholefoods Café has an amazing menu of plant based options that cater to all different dietary needs. Make sure you try one of their incredible signature organic coffees, teas and matchas.
Grab a seat outside at Hemingways Manly, located on the beachfront of Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach. This little café serves delicious breakfasts that will have you and your girls wanting to come back for more.
The 10km Manly to Spit walk has amazing views of the majestic entrance to Sydney Harbour and stunning bushland. This walk should take around 3 hours and will give some of the best views of Sydney Harbour. Along this walk you can take a break at one of the many hidden beaches that can only be accessed by foot or boat.
Queen Chow Manly rivals the best neighbourhood Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. The setting is elegant, yet relaxed and you’ll feel immediately at home.
Overlooking the picturesque Manly Beach, The Pantry menu focuses on fresh, local and seasonal produce. Make sure you try one of their delicious cocktails while you take in the stunning beach views.
Or if you would rather an afternoon of drinking with the girls, book yourselves into a bottomless brunch. Manly has 7 venues where you can experience a bottomless dining experience. For more information read of our guides, ‘where to experience a bottomless lunch experience in Manly’.
Located on the first floor of the stunning white heritage building, Manly Pavilion is an outstanding restaurant, with an amazing outdoor terrace boasting panoramic views of the harbour. You could not ask for a more beautiful place to dine al fresco in Sydney.
Manly Grill Seafood & Steakhouse is opposite picturesque Manly Beach. They offer the best quality steaks and freshest seafood. Their drink list has a great selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, which can be paired with their meals.
Start your day right with a delicious breakfast from of the amazing restaurants in Manly.
Market Lane Café is tucked away in a lane way in the middle of Manly. They offer a healthy all day breakfast that will have you coming back for more. Some favourites are the Salmon Bruschetta and Truffle scented Chilli Masala scrambled eggs.
Next door to Market Lane Café is Bare Naked Bowls. They specialise in serving delicious acai bowls, superfood smoothies and breakfast bowls. It is the perfect spot to get a natural energy boost for an action-filled day in Manly.
If you’re looking for something adventurous to do with your girls, you should have a go on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in Manly. If this is your first time on a SUP, Manly Kayak Centre offer private lessons. In Manly Cove, you will be paddling amongst moored yachts with the optionto discover some of the local hidden beaches. Our favourite is Store Beach, a short paddle from the Wharf and only accessible by water. If you’re looking for other areas to stand up paddle board on the Northern Beaches, we have created a list of our top 5 favourite places.
Are you looking for a fun land based activity instead? Why not hire a bike from, Manly Bike Tours and along the coast to Shelly Beach. You will need at least 1 hour, but we recommend you hire for longer and ride over the headland to Freshwater Beach.
Head back into the lane ways for a healthy salad or a bowl of delicious dumplings for lunch.
Verd Manly is a plant-based restaurant that only offers Vegan friendly meals. Some local favourites are their delicious Raw Rad Thai, Bondi Broc and Tijuana Bowl.
Next door you will find the little Asian salad bar, Banana Blossom. They have been a household name on the Northern Beaches since they opened their first store in Mona Vale in 2009. They are the perfect salad to get takeaway and eat beside the beach. Their Tokyo Classic salad with either chicken or tofu added is particularly popular.
Momo Manly is also close by and you can have Nepalese dumplings or a Hawaiian sashimi salad. They have outdoor tables to sit and enjoy your delicious meal. In winter they have heat lamps and colourful blankets to keep you warm and in summer the restaurant is in the shade. Making it the perfect spot for year round outdoor dining.
Get the girls together to work as a team to complete a series of mental and logical challenges at Room Eight in Manly. You can choose to complete one of their themed rooms or try one of their Pack hunts around Manly.
If you feel like an afternoon tasting gin, head to Manly Spirits for a tour of their distillery and get an understanding of how they craft their gins, vodka and liqueur. Afterwards, join an in depth tasting experience and try some the spirits you saw getting made.
Garfish is a favourite for both locals and visitors, thanks to its delicious seafood menu and perfect location. Make sure you try the salt and pepper squid or snapper pie, as they are absolutely delicious. They also have an extensive cocktail list, some favourites are the ‘Manlyhattan’ and the ‘Garfish martini’.
If you feel like some refreshing cocktails and Manly has lots of options in this department. Start your night in Manly’s speakeasy, The Cumberland. Then make your way down the hidden laneways and checkout one of the many cosy bars along the way. Some standouts are Insitu Bar & Restaurant, Donny’s and The Roof top at Hotel Steyne.