The quickest route from the Manly ferry terminal to Manly’s ocean beach is along the Corso, a part-pedestrian mall lined with surf shops, pubs and sushi bars. Kids splash around in the fountains and spaced-out surfies shuffle back to the ferry after a hard day carving up the swell.

If you need some surfboard wax, you’re in the right place, but don’t expect to see much Sydney glamour here – the mood is suburban and relaxed.