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* '''Oceanworld Manly''' [http://www.oceanworld.com.au], ''West Esplanade, ''+61 2'' 8251 7877, fax ''+61 2'' 9949 7950, mailto:[email protected], admission adults $16.50, children $8.50 (3-15 years), concession $12.00, family $39.90 (2A & 2C), Family $28.00 (1A & 2C). Open daily (except Xmas Day) 10am - 5:30pm'' - daily live shows and guided tours allow you to get up close and personal to dangerous, deadly and often misunderstood Australian creatures. You’ll see huge sharks, stingrays, snakes, spiders, crocodiles and much more. Phone ahead for presentation times. If you're coming from the Sydney ferry, turn left and wlak along the esplanade from the ferry terminal to get to Oceanworld.
 
* '''Oceanworld Manly''' [http://www.oceanworld.com.au], ''West Esplanade, ''+61 2'' 8251 7877, fax ''+61 2'' 9949 7950, mailto:[email protected], admission adults $16.50, children $8.50 (3-15 years), concession $12.00, family $39.90 (2A & 2C), Family $28.00 (1A & 2C). Open daily (except Xmas Day) 10am - 5:30pm'' - daily live shows and guided tours allow you to get up close and personal to dangerous, deadly and often misunderstood Australian creatures. You’ll see huge sharks, stingrays, snakes, spiders, crocodiles and much more. Phone ahead for presentation times. If you're coming from the Sydney ferry, turn left and wlak along the esplanade from the ferry terminal to get to Oceanworld.
* '''Manly Art Gallery and Museum''' [[http://www.manlyweb.com.au/ManlyArtGallery], ''West Esplanade (next to Oceanworld), tel ''+61 2'' 9949 1776, fax ''+61 2'' 9948 6938, mailto:[email protected], open Tu-Su, 10am-5pm, closed Mo, admission adults $3.50, concession / student / resident $1.10, children under 18 free'' - a public, regional gallery and museum showcasing a dynamic changing exhibitions program as well as featuring Australian art, ceramics and local history collections. The Museum highlights the history of Manly: historical photos, swimming costume and beach memorabilia.
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* '''The Quarantine Station''', ''Sydney Harbour National Park, Scenic Drive, North Head, tel ''+61 2'' 9247 5033 (bookings essential), Day Tour: 1:15pm Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun. Adult $11.00, Concession $7.70. (Catch bus 135 from Stand B at 1:08pm - to meet with tour time) 3 hour tour includes supper. Ghost Tour: 7:30pm (8pm during daylight savings) Wed $22, Fri - Sun $27.50. Kids Ghost Walk: 6pm (7pm during daylight savings) Fr $13.20, 2 hour tour'' - wander through a maze of historic buildings and hear how Sydney was protected from diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera and Spanish influenza. For the courageous, join the famous '''ghost walk''' conducted at night by kerosene lantern, followed by tea and damper to calm the nerves.
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* '''Manly Art Gallery and Museum''' [http://www.manlyweb.com.au/ManlyArtGallery], ''West Esplanade (next to Oceanworld), tel ''+61 2'' 9949 1776, fax ''+61 2'' 9948 6938, mailto:[email protected]sw.gov.au, open Tu-Su, 10am-5pm, closed Mo, admission adults $3.50, concession / student / resident $1.10, children under 18 free'' - a public, regional gallery and museum showcasing a dynamic changing exhibitions program as well as featuring Australian art, ceramics and local history collections. The Museum highlights the history of Manly: historical photos, swimming costume and beach memorabilia.
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* '''The Quarantine Station''', ''Sydney Harbour National Park, Scenic Drive, North Head, tel ''+61 2'' 9247 5033 (bookings essential), Day Tour: 1:15pm Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun. Adult $11.00, Concession $7.70. (Catch bus 135 from Stand B at 1:08pm - to meet with tour time) 3 hour tour includes supper. Ghost Tour: 7:30pm (8pm during daylight savings) Wed $22, Fri - Sun $27.50. Kids Ghost Walk: 6pm (7pm during daylight savings) Fr $13.20, 2 hour tour'' - wander through a maze of historic buildings and hear how Sydney was protected from diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera and Spanish influenza. For the courageous, join the famous '''ghost walk''' conducted at night by kerosene lantern, followed by tea and damper to calm the nerves.
  
 
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Revision as of 08:22, 17 September 2006

Manly [1] is a harbour- and ocean-side suburb and locality of Sydney and the southernmost of Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Understand

"Manly - Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care..." (slogan used in 1940 by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company to describe "Australia’s Premier Seaside Resort").

Situated across the Harbour seven miles north-east of Sydney City on the lower Northern Beaches, Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people who lived on the peninsula. Surrounded on three sides by water, Manly is the perfect destination to enjoy the harbour and the eighteen ocean beaches, coves and inlets for swimming, sailing and surfing. Manly is much more than Sydney's premier beach resort however. Manly also has a huge range of shopping, dining and entertainment attractions to keep all ages and interests occupied.

Get in

By ferry

The famous Manly Ferry service, crossing the Harbour frequently between the City and Manly, is by far the most picturesque and relaxing way of getting to and from Manly: great harbour and city views and - in unsettled weather - a rollicking journey past the Heads! The journey is an average 25-30 min duration. Single fares adults $6.00, FerryTen adults $45.10.

The Sydney Ferries Corporation maintains timetables [2] for this service.

Ferries run between Circular Quay and Manly on at least a half-hourly basis from 6am-11.45pm Mo-Fr, from 8am-11.45pm Sa and public holidays and from 8am-11pm Su.

Return Ferries run between Manly and Circular Quay on the same interval basis with a later start/finish from 6.40am-12.20pm Mo-Fr, 8.45am-12.20pm Sa and public holidays, 8.45am-11.45pm Su.

By bike

Bonza Bike Tours offers a full day Manly Beach tour that leaves from the Sydney CBD. The ride is for folks with an intermediate fitness level as it covers 30km and includes a few significant hills around Manly. The tour starts with stunning views from the ferry of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. After the memorable ferry ride, you'll see the world famous Manly beach and venture out to the scenic North Head. Take in the coastal cliffs with the city skyline in the background, and depending on the time of year, maybe catch a glimpse of the endangered Little Penguins. Afterwards, back to the ferry and a few more sites to complete your day!

The full day tour starts at 9:15am and is $119 Adult/$95 Child. Lunch and beverages at one of the best local pubs in Manly are included, along with morning tea, beverage, bikes, and guide. ([email protected], +61 02 9331 1127, http://www.bonzabiketours.com/tours.aspx)

By car

From points further north, get on Pittwater Road and stay on it all the way to Manly. At Warringah Mall, Pittwater Road turns to the left which is clearly signposted.

By bus

  • From beach suburbs further north, get on the 155 bus which begins in Mona Vale and goes all the way to Manly.
  • If you're coming from the city or parts of the lower north shore, jump on any bus headed to the Northern Beaches from Wynyard station (such as any number in between 184-190, including L buses), get off at Warringah Mall and then cross the road and switch to a Manly-bound bus (the 155 or others). However, if you're in the city, the ferry/jetcat is by far the quickest and most scenic option.
  • From the North Shore, catch the 140 (weekdays, PM peak hour only), 143 or 144 bus from St Leonards station or Crows Nest.

Get around

Manly is a relatively small area: once you've arrived in the suburb you should be able to get to the suburbs attractions on foot.

See

  • Oceanworld Manly [3], West Esplanade, +61 2 8251 7877, fax +61 2 9949 7950, mailto:[email protected], admission adults $16.50, children $8.50 (3-15 years), concession $12.00, family $39.90 (2A & 2C), Family $28.00 (1A & 2C). Open daily (except Xmas Day) 10am - 5:30pm - daily live shows and guided tours allow you to get up close and personal to dangerous, deadly and often misunderstood Australian creatures. You’ll see huge sharks, stingrays, snakes, spiders, crocodiles and much more. Phone ahead for presentation times. If you're coming from the Sydney ferry, turn left and wlak along the esplanade from the ferry terminal to get to Oceanworld.
  • Manly Art Gallery and Museum [4], West Esplanade (next to Oceanworld), tel +61 2 9949 1776, fax +61 2 9948 6938, mailto:[email protected], open Tu-Su, 10am-5pm, closed Mo, admission adults $3.50, concession / student / resident $1.10, children under 18 free - a public, regional gallery and museum showcasing a dynamic changing exhibitions program as well as featuring Australian art, ceramics and local history collections. The Museum highlights the history of Manly: historical photos, swimming costume and beach memorabilia.
  • The Quarantine Station, Sydney Harbour National Park, Scenic Drive, North Head, tel +61 2 9247 5033 (bookings essential), Day Tour: 1:15pm Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun. Adult $11.00, Concession $7.70. (Catch bus 135 from Stand B at 1:08pm - to meet with tour time) 3 hour tour includes supper. Ghost Tour: 7:30pm (8pm during daylight savings) Wed $22, Fri - Sun $27.50. Kids Ghost Walk: 6pm (7pm during daylight savings) Fr $13.20, 2 hour tour - wander through a maze of historic buildings and hear how Sydney was protected from diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera and Spanish influenza. For the courageous, join the famous ghost walk conducted at night by kerosene lantern, followed by tea and damper to calm the nerves.

Do

  • Swim or surf on Manly Ocean Beach, reached by walking up The Corso from the ferry wharf. Manly Beach is popular with both visitors and locals. Locker hire is available for storing your possessions. You can take surfboard riding lessons from Manly Surf School (North Steyne Road, tel 02 9977 6977).
  • Manly International Jazz Festival [5] - held annually in the first week of October and running for three days of fantastic music
  • Manly Food and Wine Festival ("A Taste of Manly") - held each year in the first week of June, attracts somer 30,000+ patrons who come to see and taste the exhibits in a great beachside setting
  • Sea kayaking. Kayaks are available for hire from several places near the ferry wharf.
  • Cruise through the air parasailing behind a speed boat. Parasailing available through Sydney Harbour Parasailing (Unit 203, 11 Wentworth Street, tel 02 9977 6781, [6]) or Manly Parasailing (Shop 208, Manly Wharf, tel 0414 405 454).
  • Scuba dive. Manly's Shelly Beach (very gentle surf entry, max depth 12 metres/40 feet) is often used for open water training dives, but is also a good night diving site. Scuba diving operators in Manly are:
    • Dive Centre Manly, 10 Belgrave St. tel +61 2 9977 4355. fax +61 2 9977 3664. email [email protected] [7]. Dive Centre Manly offers boat dives. 1 dive trips are $50 without gear hire, $70 with tank and weights and $90 with full gear hire. 2 dive trips are $90 without gear hire, $120 with tank and weights and $145 with full gear hire. PADI dive certification is available: Open Water is $345 mid-week and $395 weekends. Advanced Open Water is $345.
    • Pro Dive Manly, 169 Pittwater Road. tel 1800 820 820 (bookings, free call, within Australia only) or +61 2 9977 5966. fax +61 2 9976 5133. email [email protected] [8] Pro Dive's boat Sealife V (carries 23 divers, equipped with marine toilet) conducts 2 dive day trips leaving Manly Wharf and Rose Bay wharf on weekends and most weekdays; trips are $119 weekends and $99 weekdays if you only hire tanks and weights, or $189 weekends and $149 weekdays with gear hire. PADI certification is available: Open Water from $295, Advanced Open Water $325, many specialty courses available.
    • Shark Dive X-treme, Oceanworld Manly, West Esplanade. tel +61 2 8251 7878, fax +61 2 9949 7950, email [email protected] [9]. Shark Dive X-treme lets you dive in Oceanworld's aquarium with sharks. The aquarium time is 30 minutes. Shark Dive X-treme runs 3 times a day every day. Certified divers with recent logged dives can dive for $175: other certified divers do a scuba tune-up in addition for a total of $205. The program also accepts non-divers, who will do a pool skills session before diving. The introductory program costs $235.

Eat

  • Whitewater Restaurant, 35 South Steyne, tel +61 2 9977 0322 - ultra-trendy décor with fish and fusion fare, panoramic windows look across the road to Manly Beach, widely recommended
  • Le Kiosk Restaurant [10], 1 Marina Parade, tel +61 2 9977 4122 - housed in a converted sandstone cottage right on Manly's Shelly Beach, Le Kiosk serves fantastic seafood in incredibly atmospheric surroundings. Park the car in the car park on the hill above (includes one of the best cliff-top views of the area) or, from Manly itself, walk for 10 minutes past the Surf Life Saving Club at the south end of Manly Beach and continue around the cliff-base walkway to Shelly Beach.
  • Manly Interpolitan Café, 22 Darley Road, tel 02 9977 8964 - a quiet cafe located a couple of blocks from The Corso. The café is small and the menu limited, but the staff are very friendly, and the menu makes up for its small size in quality. The warm lamb salad particularly recommended. Breakfast menu approx $10 (continues until 6pm on weekends), lunches $15-$20.
  • Ribs & Rumps Reataurant, [11], 35 South Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095, tel +61 2 9977 3476 - a Southafrican-themed steakhouse serving everything that once grazed or swam. Good place to try kangaroo. Beware of The Challenge. Part of the restaurant overlooks the beach, but fills up quickly in the season. Dinner is on the pricier side, burgers less than AU$20, steaks in the thirties to fourties.

Sleep

Budget

  • Boardrider Backpacker [12], rear 63 The Corso, tel +61 2 9977 6077, summer rates $28 dorm bed, $75 twin/double
  • Manly Backpackers [13], corner of Belgrave and Raglan Streets (walk due north from the ferry terminal), tel +61 2 9977 3411, fax +61 2 9977 4379, mailto:[email protected] , summer rates $26.50 dorm bed, $61.50 twin/double - centrally-positioned and well-equipped, free internet access available
  • Manly Beach House, 179 Pittwater Road, tel +61 2 9977 7050 -


Mid-range

  • Steyne Hotel [14], Corner of The Corso and N Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095, tel +61 2 9977 4977, mailto:[email protected] . Private rooms vary in price (from around AU$100pn), views and noise level. Most shared bath, some with a closet-type bath. Try to get one facing N Steyne (the beach) as the noise from the hotel bars can be a little rough.


Splurge

  • Manly Pacific [15], 55 North Steyne Road, tel +61 2 9977 7666, fax +61 2 9977 7822, mailto:[email protected] - run by Novotel and located literally over the road from Manly Beach itself, the Manly Pacific offers great views and location - a favourite with international sporting teams visiting Sydney, such as the English rugby team, who stayed there during the lead-up to the semi-final and final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.


Serviced Apartments

  • Manly Waterside Holidays [16], Short Street, Manly, NSW 2095, tel +61 2 9977 4459, mailto:[email protected]. From AU$120pn. Their high floor Manly Nat'l apartments have brilliant views while priced well south of AU$200pn. They have huge harbour side apartments (with harbour side views) around AU$200pn.
  • Manly Paradise [17], 54 North Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095, tel +61 2 9977 5799, mailto:[email protected] - their two bed apartments facing the beach are located and priced comparable to Manly Pacific and Radisson rooms with a view, but bigger and with a huge patio-style balcony.
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