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Sydney: Manly

Manly Beach. Image Courtesy: City of Sydney Council website

Manly is a beach-side suburb of northern Sydney. It has a long-standing reputation as a tourist destination, owing to its attractive setting on the Pacific Ocean and easy accessibility by ferry. Sitting just across the harbour, it has all the cosmopolitan buzz of the city centre, yet as the gateway to Sydney's Northern Beaches it also offers a relaxed coastal vibe. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic cafes and cool bars. There are also surf shops and an enticing range of bars, cafes and restaurants adjacent to the beach, where the first world surfing contest was held in 1964. Shelly Beach, an aquatic reserve in Manly, has BBQ facilities and it’s a great spot for fun family activities including snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding.

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