Manly has 1) A nice ferry ride associate with it (from Circular Quay), 2) Many shops and food choices (had Kangaroo Burger and Barramundi Fish and Chips), and 3) nice beach.
From the ferry, you have to walk across the town to get to the beach side. There are maps everywhere directing you how to get around Manly.
If you forgot sunscreen, there are many "Discount Shops" that will sell it from $10 (100ml tube) to $12 (200ml tube).
After 3PM (when I went) the trees shade the beach a little too much cooling it down (-1 star). The waves are unpredictable as well. The first day I went they were 4-6 feet. The second time I went, they were less than a foot.
Overall I would recommend this as one of the things to do in Sydney.
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