Manly, just north of Sydney, is nestled on a narrow stretch of land that lies between the Pacific Ocean and the tranquil, inner harbour. Manly is a cosmopolitan suburb with cafes and restaurants lining the waterfront and a beautiful beachfront promenade that is ideal for a stroll, jog, bike ride or rollerblade.
One of the early Governors named Manly after the impressive bearing of the male traditional owners in the area.
Manly Beach is one of the finest beaches in the Sydney area. It is considered to be the jewel of the north shore beaches by many people and is popular for water sports such as windsurfing, parasailing and scuba diving.
Sydney Harbour National Park at Manly overlooks the entrance to Sydney Harbour and is the perfect place for a bushwalk. There are a number of popular scenic walking routes that link the beaches within the national parks.
The Corso runs between Manly Wharf, where the ferries berth, to Manly Beach on the ocean side. A wide pedestrian thoroughfare, The Corso is alive with shops, food outlets and often live bands to entertain the crowds, which increase during the hotter months.
Past the tranquil Manly Cove on the left of Manly Wharf is Oceanworld, a top-class aquarium that includes sharks and giant stingrays.