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Tickle your taste buds

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive is the bustle of Manly’s restaurants and bars.  Soak up panoramic harbour views at the Manly Pavilion bistro, relax just meters off Shelly beach at The Boat House for a long leisurely brunch, or for something a little different, create your own platter of delicious meats, cheeses and pickles at Cured - it’s like a little bit of NYC found nestled in bustling Market Lane. The Four Pines Brewing Company is a craft lovers delight, take a tour of the on-site microbrewery, get tasting and  dig into the delicious feasting plates.  You really can eat, drink and be merry. As the day winds down, the Wharf bar is a great place to join the locals and watch the sun set over Sydney harbour. So many places. So little time. 

Enjoy a swim and surf

From one end of Manly beach to the other, you’ll find an array of water activities to suit the whole family. Try a stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking tour. Manly Kayak Centre will guide you around exclusive beaches and stunning scenery and even offers a picnic. Everything is provided and it’s perfect for beginners. Learn to surf in Queenscliff (which is at the northern end of the beach) with Manly Surf School or perhaps an amble along the tree lined corso to the south end where you can swim and snorkel in the calm waters of the beautiful Shelly beach; it’s a great place for kids to swim. 

Manly to Spit Bridge coastal walk

If exploring if your thing, the Manly to Spit Bridge  coastal walk meanders around the harbour foreshore through some of Sydney’s most stunning scenery and bushland.  The whole walk is 10 kilometres (6 miles) however it’s broken up into a series of 1-2 kilometre (0.6 – 1.2 mile) short walks which are well sign posted with direction and information spots. Observe the bush and coastal wild life including whales during the migration season, learn about Australia’s colonial history, take in the views from spectacular vantage points and enjoy a well-earned dip in one of the many off the beaten track harbour beaches.

Set off with a snorkel

Join EcoTreasures, an Advanced Eco Tourism certified experience, for a guided snorkel to spot native marine life. Your guide will also educate you about local wildlife, which changes with the seasons. Plan a tailored tour to discover a range of coastal eco experiences. If stretching out on the golden sand for some Vitamin D is more your style, there’s 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) of it to choose your perfect spot from. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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