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A Backpackers Guide to Manly

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Manly is a  suburb in North Eastern Sydney, known for its beaches, commercial shopping area, and home to one of the world’s first lifesaving clubs. It caters to wide range of people who are into sports, people travelling with families, backpackers and visitors wanting to spend the weekend out. If you haven’t been, you are going to want to pack your bags straight after your finished reading this post because Manly is awesome!


If you’re someone that loves getting out and about amongst mother nature, then Manly has a bunch of stuff for you to do. Enjoy a swim at Manly Beach, a stroll through North Fort Park or plan for a day of fun in the sun at Manly Surf and Slide.

If you feel like sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the sunset why not grab some food, some friends and have your very own barbecue or picnic in the one of many parks Manly has to offer. Alternatively, take a bike ride to explore various parts of Manly, exploring the beaches, nature and historical buildings.

central park, manly
Source: Heath Brandon via Flickr


People love to shop when they travel, whether it be for clothes, equipment or that memorable souvenir. If that sounds like you then here’s another reason you’ll love Manly!

Head to Manly’s main street for a bunch of fun boutique and retail stores. The street hosts many iconic brands such as Rip Curl, Billabong and Quiksilver. For those of you who have a more expensive taste, there is also a Tommy Bahama shop selling expensive apparel.

shopping in manly
Source: Karendesuyo via Flickr

Since Manly has forty thousand people who call the suburb home, there is a range of convenience stores, such as Coles, clothing, furniture and household appliance shops that serve the area. All of which are located at the Corsos shopping street.


This suburb provides a whole suit of dining options in Manly to its visitors and residents. There is a bunch of options in terms of food, with fine dining restaurants, cafes, bars and everything in between.

Make your way down west to Hugos along the Manly pier and enjoy fine Italian cuisine while watching ferries come and go. Late evenings, Hugo turns into more of a bar, it’s the perfect place to wind down from the week, or have a romantic evening.

dining in manly
Source: Emiliano De Laurentiis via Flickr

If you are travelling from overseas and want to experience some authentic Australian food, close to the beach, make your way to Bluewater Cafe, which is serving up three meals a day. The restaurant boasts a wholesome menu, with dishes such as eggs done your way for breakfast, chicken parmigiana for lunch, or a scotch fillet steak in the evening.

Manly is one of Sydney’s most versatile suburbs because of its attractions, shopping and dining options. It caters to people from all age-groups and for all situations, from people who are into watersports, to a fun day out for the whole family, coupled with an interesting history, this North Eastern suburb is definitely should make a regular place to visit.

Author: Destination NSW is the lead government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our vision is to make Sydney and NSW one of the world’s most successful tourism and events destinations. Plan your trip and find attractions, events and more at Visit NSW and Sydney.com.

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One thought on “A Backpackers Guide to Manly

  1. My wife and I have been many times!!! Every time we are in Australia this is one of our first places we visit …

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