Manly is located 13 kilometres north east of the Sydney CBD and is the administrative centre of the local government area of Manly Council. Easily accessible by road or water, the drive to the city is via the Harbour bridge or tunnel and there are plenty of buses, but most residents relax and enjoy a 20-30 minute fast ferry or ferry ride to Circular Quay.
Manly’s diverse dwellings range from multi-million dollar homes to modern beachfront apartments, art-deco units, townhouses and semis. There is a blend of architectural styles that represent period and purpose. Contemporary homes are built to take full advantage of the sublime beach views, there are Federation mansions of substance, and lovingly restored semis. Most of the beachfront properties have now been fully redeveloped into multi-story apartments with exceptional finishes and style.
Manly is mostly about casual dining. The classic experience is to relax with a steak and beer at the old beachfront Steyne hotel or at Hugo’s on the wharf. On the Corso, the food of the world is on display or just grab some fish and chips and head on down to the beachfront. Recently Manly has become home to trendy restaurants/bars such as Papi Chulo on the wharf (from the Merivale group) and the new Daniel San, a mega Japanese restaurant that is unlike no other.
St. Keiran’s Primary, Stella Maris and St. Pauls are Manly’s private schools, with Manly Vale Primary, Manly West Primary and Mackellar Girls High representing the State schools. It is also only a 10 minute drive to other private schools such as St. Luke’s and the prestigious St. Augustine’s College.
Feed the sharks at Oceanworld, wander the retail precinct of the Corso, and if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk up the eastern hill. At the end, you’ll find the North Head lookout, to the east , the gothic towers of St Patrick’s Seminary, and to the south, the Artillery Museum and Quarantine Station. And all this surrounded by spectacular views of arguably the world’s best harbour, beaches and bush reserves. Manly is a mecca for sport and fitness fanatics and provides a wonderful backdrop for running, walking, swimming or surfing. But those in need of alternatives might try 18 holes at the Manly Golf Course, or head down to District Park for a little football, cricket or tennis. Manly draws the sporting greats with its comfortable lifestyle and brilliant beaches. Athletes Zali Steggle, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Lucas Neil and George Smith had made it their home at some stage. It is also the home of the NRL premiers, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, who boast several internationals.
Manly is a thriving beach and harbour-side suburb. The lifestyle is layback, yet can be sophisticated, with a huge supply of fine restaurants, cafes and bars. With direct access to beautiful beaches, Sydney’s fabulous harbour and national parks, it really is a special place. Where else will you find a suburb bordering the ocean and still water, and only 20 minutes to the largest city in Australia? The Corso and its intersecting streets are perfect for beachside retail therapy, and day to day needs. Manly is also only a 5 minute drive away to Australia’ s largest outdoor shopping centre, Warringah Mall with both major department stores, Myer and David Jones.
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