Top things to do in Manly

Top Choice National Park in Manly

North Head

About 3km south of central Manly, spectacular North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, secluded beaches, pretty paths through the native scrub and sweeping views of the ocean, the harbour and the city. It's grea…
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…
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…
Modern Australian in Manly

The Pantry

Right on the beach, this Manly favourite is perfect for watching the goings-on in the water and on the sand while kicking back with anything from a hearty breakfast to a cocktail or something off the appealing lunch…
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…
Modern Australian in Manly

Hugos

Occupying Manly's prime location on the wharf, Hugos has super views from its open windows and sought-after outdoor deck. Relax on the banquette seating and sip a cocktail, then tuck in to delicious pizzas or an Ita…