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“nothing special”
Review of Manly Beach

Manly Beach
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Northern Beaches Private Sydney Day tour
Ranked #12 of 472 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: SHOP .....in the sunshine with over 200 stores to explore. Discover funky boutiques in hidden lane ways, wander through the weekend outdoor markets or splurge on a whole new wardrobe on The Corso. At every turn, it's sheer shopping pleasure to satisfy everyone. TASTE .....an amazing array of flavours in over 100 cafes, restaurants, bars and eateries. Whether it's a lingering lunch of classy dining, a sumptuous seafood selection for dinner, fast and fresh takeaway or a walk along the beach front with an ice cream in hand. Any time of day or night, you'll find a taste to tempt. LIVE .....life and discover your hidden talents. Get active with surfing, sailing, scuba diving... and everything in between! Take a dip at the beach, or try your hand at beach volleyball. And when relaxation is on the agenda, treat yourself to a hotel stay or enjoy some pampering at one of our many salons. The perfect place for adventure or to relax and explore. FEEL ..... the sand between your toes after a long day at work. Absorb the geography and the nature that makes Manly special. Nestled between the harbour and the ocean, over 40 beaches and walkways give an escape to the daily grind. Just cast out a fishing line, pack a picnic basket, or bask in the sun. Relax in your favourite spot and soak up the serenity.
western Australia
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“nothing special”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

its a beach, maybe great for surfing, I don't know. For families, its like a busy WA beach anywhere with more yellow sand. Didn't excite us. Manly itself was beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice beach and great shops”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great Serenity”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Manly beach is full of activity! There are great cafes, restaurants and shops lining the water, always plenty to do, or you can sit and relax on the waters edge.

Visited March 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“One of the best days ever!”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

We drove to Manly as we were staying south of the City. We tried to park on the front overlooking the beach but realised it was short stay and very expensive so we headed towards one of the 3 or 4 other car parks that were signed and found a reasonably priced multi-story just a short walk from the beach. We played with our 3 and 6 year old kids on the beach all day and they thoroughly enjoyed being in and out of the sea in the safe swimming area. It's the furthest I've ever been in the sea (wet hair!!) and smiled all day. Do not (unlike the fool we watched have to be rescued) ignore the flags!The beach was clean and the loos were fine. Picnic area was great and a good shady break from the sun. Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream parlour was a pleasing find too. I count down the time 'til we can return to this fantastic beach!

Visited March 2013
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“Lovely beach with good views”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We too the walk from one end of manly beach to the other and enjoyed it. The only reason I haven't gone with 5 starts is that the bit where it joins the street from Manly Ferry is really busy with both people and seagulls. The seagulls are really aggressive and will try to pinch whatever you are eating.

Visited February 2013
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