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Cabbage Tree Bay/ Fairy Bower

Follow the scenic walkway from the southern end of Manly Beach and you’ll enter the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

The reserve was declared by NSW Government in 2002 to protect and conserve the unique biodiversity of fish and marine vegetation and particularly the rocky inter-tidal platform within Cabbage Tree Bay.

The area covers approximately 20 hectares including the entire bay, the rocky shores and beaches from southern end of Manly each to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland.

When the swell is in the right direction Fairy Bower forms one of Sydney’s best surfing point breaks and ranks as a World Surfing Reserve.


  • Toilets and Change room at halfway beach (outside the pool)
  • No Dogs on Beach – walkway permitted on-leash


Parking is available off street (2hr restrictions apply)



Fairy Bower
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