Top things to do in Manly

Top Choice National Park in Manly

North Head

About 3km south of Manly, spectacular, chunky North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, pretty paths through the native scrub and sweeping views of the ocean, the harbour and the city. It's great to explore by bi…
Top Choice Beach in Manly

Manly Beach

Sydney's second most famous beach is a magnificent strand that stretches for nearly two golden kilometres, lined by Norfolk Island pines and midrise apartment blocks. The southern end of the beach, nearest the Corso…
Top Choice Pub in Manly

Manly Wharf Hotel

Just along the wharf from the ferry, this remodelled pub is all glass and water vistas, with loads of seating so you've a good chance of grabbing a share of the view. It's a perfect spot for sunny afternoon beers. T…
Top Choice Beach in Manly

Store Beach

A hidden jewel on North Head, magical Store Beach can only be reached by kayak (you can hire them from Manly Kayak Centre) or boat. It’s a breeding ground for fairy penguins, so access is prohibited from dusk, when …
Historic Building in Manly

Q Station

From 1837 to 1984 this sprawling historic complex in beautiful North Head bushland was used to isolate new arrivals suspected of carrying disease. These days it has been reborn as a tourist destination, offering app…
Modern Australian in Manly

Good Hope

Handsomely designed, with a wall of wine and darkly elegant decor, this is a welcome recent Manly arrival. It offers share plates of innovative and surprising quality in an enjoyable relaxed atmosphere. Sunday brunc…
Beach in Manly

Shelly Beach

This pretty, sheltered, north-facing ocean cove is an appealing 1km walk from the busy Manly beach strip. The tranquil waters are a protected haven for marine life, so it offers wonderful snorkelling. It's a popular…
Cocktail Bar in Manly

Donny's

This two-level bar-restaurant is an atmospheric spot for a great night-time cocktail if you can read the menu in the low-lit speakeasy ambience. Sweet-toothers will love the sugar-and-coffee hit that is the Sticky D…
Latin American in Manly

Papi Chulo

Casually stylish, this light-filled location on Manly Wharf has a vague vibe of the decadent Latin American tropics suggested by its artfully distressed wood and brick, age-spotted mirrors and lazily spinning fans. …
Mexican in Manly

Chica Bonita

This upbeat place rises above its unprepossessing location: straddling the end of a dingy shopping arcade, with carpark views. It offers zingy, inventive Mexican fare from lunchtime burritos to evening tacos, with g…