Manly Vs Bondi

Are you trying to decide which famous Sydney beach to visit, Manly or Bondi? Look no further because we’re going to give you 5 reasons why we think Manly is better than Bondi. And if you aren’t convinced have a look at our side by side comparison and we’ll let you be the judge!

Here’s why we love Manly:

  1. It’s not just a beach
    Although we are most popular for our gorgeous golden sands, Man Town is so much more. If a swim, surf lesson, or snorkel hire doesn’t suit you, bike to North Head or enjoy a scenic walk to the Spit Bridge. Not feeling too active? No worries, we’ve got a free art gallery only minutes from the wharf and a free museum at the historic Quarantine Station. Whatever you’re interested in Manly is sure to have it!

     
  2. Take a ferry to get here
    If you’re coming from the city, hop on the big yellow and green boat and in just 30 minutes you’ll arrive at Manly Wharf. It’s one of the best ways to experience and capture the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Don’t forget your camera because you’ll get amazing photos of the Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the city in the background.

     
  3. Stay from sun up to sun down
    Change your breakfast and dinner plans because Manly is the perfect spot to spend your whole day. Go over to the beach side to watch the stunning sunrise while enjoying a coffee or some tea. After a full day of exploring and relaxing, end your day on the wharf side to watch the sunset over the water as you sip on a glass of wine or 4 pines locally brewed beer.

     
  4. Get off the beaten path
    If you’re looking for a place a little less touristy we’ve got some special hidden places just for you. Only a short walk from the main beach is spots like Freshwater, Queenscliff, Shelly Beach and Little Manly. Stop into the Information Centre just outside the wharf to ask what you can do to live more like a local.

     
  5. Always a chill vibe
    Forget about the hustle and bustle of the city by relaxing in Manly. Leave your stress behind by listening to live music at one of our many bars and restaurants or the waves crashing on the shore. Mix with the locals at happy hour or shop along the Corso for a little retail therapy. No matter what you’re doing you’re bound to be relaxed.

So there you have it! Those are our Top 5 Reasons why you should come to Manly. Don’t just take our word for it, have a look at the side by side comparison below and decide for yourself which beach sounds best for you. 

 

MANLY

BONDI

Beach

Manly Beach is larger with better surfing conditions

1.5km long

Other beaches: Shelly, Freshwater, Queenscliff, Fairlight, Little Manly

Bondi Beach is close to the CBD and is a busy tourist attraction.

1km long

Other beaches: Bronte, Tarmarama, Clovelly, Watson Bay, Icebergs

Restaurants

Over 150 bars, restaurants and cafes

·        Italian

·        Seafood

·        Japanese

·        Modern Australian

Around 50 restaurants

·        Italian

·        Seafood

Walks

·        Manly to Spit

·        North Head

·        Manly to Dee Why

·        Manly to Shelly

·        Bondi to Coogee

·        Bondi to Watsons Bay

Activities

·        Swimming

·        Kayaking

·        Surfing

·        Biking

·        Walking/ hiking

·        Snorkelling

·        SUP Board

·        Escape Room

·        Art Gallery

·        Ghost tours

·        Swimming

·        Surfing

·        Walks

·        Snorkelling

 

Information

Hello Manly Information Centre

North Head Information centre

NA

Transport

From Circular Quay

·        Ferry

·        Fast ferry

·        Bus

From Circular Quay

·        Bus

Museums

·        Manly Art Gallery (free)

·        Quarantine Station Museum (free)

NA

Shopping

·        Large variety of Surf Shops

·        Manly Market Place every weekend

·        Small variety of Surf Shops

Crowds

Can be Busy during Peak periods and sunny days

Can be Busy during Peak periods and sunny days

Trip Advisor Rank

1 of 25 Australian Beaches in 2018

5 out of 25 Australian Beaches in 2018

TV show

NA

Bondi Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no question that both beaches are worth checking out, but we hope you come check out and experience why Manly is truly the best place to visit. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you are looking for Sydney’s best bars and restaurants, then Manly Beach has you covered! From ocean sunrise breakfasts with coffee delights, to a smashed avocado for brunch, authentic mexican for lunch, sunset drinks and fresh seafood with harbour views - Manly beats Bondi hands down with over 150 venues to choose from.

 

  

Hello Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre, is owned and operated by the Northern Beaches Council to service the needs of the visitors to Manly, and the greater Northern Beaches.

      

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Hello Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre, is owned and operated by the Northern Beaches Council to service the needs of the visitors to Manly, and the greater Northern Beaches.

      

Copyright 2018 Hello Manly. All Rights Reserved

 

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Hello Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre, is owned and operated by the Northern Beaches Council to service the needs of the visitors to Manly, and the greater Northern Beaches.

      

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