Manly

The beach town that Sydneysiders and legendary surfers have loved for decades.

Surf culture and cafe culture coalesce in Manly, Sydney's favorite far-north suburb and famous destination for weekend getaways. When the sun's up, activity thrives along its long stretch of sand and frolics in its rolling sets. When the sun sleeps, Manly stays awake at the casual pubs, bars, and restaurants that its residents call their homes away from home. To reach the CBD, just grab 30 minutes and the nearest ferry—and enjoy the ride.

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On the Map

Manly is bordered by Fairlight

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 35 minutes by car without traffic
Central Station: 25 minutes by car or 55 minutes by ferry and train
Opera House / Circular Quay: 37 minutes by ferry
Bondi Beach: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour 25 minutes by ferry and bus

Laid-Back Destination for Daycations, Vacations, and Staycations

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Cross Sydney's iconic harbor and arrive in Manly, Sydney's favorite beach town in the city's northern suburbs.

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It's a 30 minute ferry ride away from the CBD, but it would be impossible to feel further from the hustle of big business and the bustle of briefcases.

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In Manly, the shoreline is the main attraction.

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Locals love Manly for its seaside ambiance.

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Daytrippers and tourists love Manly for its seemingly endless stretch of coast.

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In Manly, it always feels like a holiday.

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You will love the Northern Beaches for their sunny, laid back ocean vibes, while only being a panoramic ferry ride away from bustling Sydney."

Surfy In Manly: Come On In, The Water's Fine

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Proud of its presence on Sydney's list of top surf spots, Manly's surf breaks and surf shops promise an endless summer.

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Fishes, thongs, and skate and longboards add to Manly's quiver of oceanside necessities.

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Manly's Burgeoning Cafe Scene

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Croissants, cafe au laits, and crumble-top muffins are rising in Manly.

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The neighborhood's cafe culture is ever-growing.

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Outdoor patios and backyard escapes offer comfortable stoops to sit, sip, and dine in the sun.

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There were three kings, an ace and a queen.

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Good roll.

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Start the day with an early morning surf/swim, grab coffee at our favourites 'barefoot' or 'saltmotion' on the way back.  Make the most of happy hour & local tunes... at Manly Wharf."

Outdoor Markets In Manly

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Manly makes malls out of outdoor spaces.

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Popular in the day and in the evening, Manly's outdoor markets feed and entertain the masses.

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Casual Nights Out In Manly

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From sandbars to bar stools, days spent in the sun end in evenings spent at Manly's local bars and pubs.

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Manly: A Look About Town

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Manly's vibe is distinctly beachy.

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Mobile libraries and mobile homes for avid surfers park in front of the neighborhood's wharf and beach.

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Manly's faded facades don't pale because of their age.

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They pale from the power of the sun.

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Sunkissed tags and tresses add to its beachfront appeal.

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It's a good morning in Manly.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.

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