Guarding the gateway to Sydney Harbour, Manly is every Sydneysider’s favourite place to play.

Getting here is half the fun; the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf provides unbeatable harbour views for the price of loose change. Manly’s beaches are second to none, spanning surging ocean swell and inner-harbour calm. Head to the suburb’s ocean-facing strand to find surf breaks or explore the secret coves and small beaches notched into the harbourside coast. The waterfront promenade of the Corso is a shopping and dining strip that mingles coastal casual with Sydney slick.