A hidden jewel on North Head, magical Store Beach can only be reached by kayak or boat. It’s a fairy-penguin breeding ground, so access...
About 3km south of Manly, spectacular, chunky North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts and sweeping views of the ocean, the harbour...
St Patrick’s College
Southeast of Manly’s centre, this Gothic Revival college (1889) lords over the rooftops from its hillside position. It was a seminary...
Manly Wharf Hotel
Harking back to 1950s design (bamboo and stone feature walls etc), this waterfront pub is perfect for sunny afternoon beers. Tuck away a...
Follow the foreshore east from Manly’s ocean beach to this salty little cafe/restaurant, within spray’s breath of the sea. There's lots...
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Quarantine Station information
From 1835 to 1983 this eerie-but-elegant complex was used to isolate new arrivals suspected of carrying disease, in an attempt to limit the spread of cholera, smallpox and bubonic plague. These days the 'Q Station' has been reborn as a tourist destination with a museum, accommodation, restaurants and a whole swathe of tour options.
The 2½-hour, night-time, adults-only Ghostly Encounters tour (from $49) rattles some skeletons; the two-hour Ghost Trackers tour (adult/child $36/28) softens some of the horrors. The two-hour daytime Quarantine Station Story tour (adult/child $35/25) highlights the personal stories of those who worked and waited here, while the 45-minute Wharf Wander is a truncated version for those short on time. Bookings are required for all tours.