THINGS TO DO IN MANLY
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND BUSINESSES
There are plenty of bush walks around the Manly area, so if nature is your thing, you must check out the scenery around this beautiful space.
The walk from Manly to Shelly Beach forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve that lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. It is popular with snorkelers and divers because of the large variety of marine life which can be viewed in relatively shallow water. Walking along this path you will most likely spot water dragons lazing in the sun or scurrying out of the way, as well as beautiful birds.
Once you hit Shelly beach climb up the stairs to the lookouts. If you head to the top of the carpark you will see a dirt path that will take you on a magnificent bush walk and will eventually lead to a board walk and to the entrance of Q Station.
Q Station is full of history, with a sad story behind it because it was once used as a Quarantine Station where people with diseases such as Small Pox or Scarlet Fever were sent to recover, and of course many died.
Q Station has accommodation, dining and bush walks. The views are stunning and the cabins are a delight. You will also find plenty of wildlife, great views and an abundance of nature.
If you are brave enough you might even consider doing a ghost tour.
Manly Sea Life
Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary aquarium successfully breed some incredible local marine species. They are also passionate about rescuing and nursing injured and sick marine life back to good health.
For those brave enough, you can take a swim with Shark Dive Xtreme - an opportunity of a lifetime to dive in and come face-to-face with the resident Grey Nurse Sharks, turtles and stingrays. Suitable for those even without experience.
Manly is home to a colony about 60 (breeding pairs) of Little Penguins which are the only mainland breeding colony left anywhere in NSW.
Some lucky visitors might even spot a penguin at Manly Wharf where they often come to nest every night between July and February. However the area is roped off and the locals are fiercely protective of these little creatures so no trespassing!
Whale watching season runs from May to November and if you are on the beach or up on the Lookout above Shelly Beach you may just be lucky enough to spot a whale or two.
Or you can join one of the tours with Manly Whale Watching.
Manly Jazz Festival
Every October long weekend Manly Jazz Festival delights locals and tourists with food, music and good vibes.
From the serious jazz enthusiasts to family groups; the Manly Jazz Festival attracts a big crowd. With a mix of small indoor venues and big outdoor stages along the famous Manly beachfront and Corso, there is a place to enjoy for everyone.
The famous Manly Corso boasts clothing boutiques from high end, market, surf, and brand stores. It’s a great place to find some unique fashion items. As well you will come across restaurants, cafes, newsagent, giftwares, toys and much more.
On weekends wander through the laneways to discover the Markets and Farmers Market. The Corso is also home to some famous Manly pubs so there is no shortage of places to relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere that Manly is known for.
The famous Manly Wharf is where you will disembark from the Manly Ferries. Here you will find shops, restaurants and bars.
Poke your head over the railings on the wharf and you will be sure to see some fish or baby stingrays.
Alongside the Wharf is East Esplanade, West Esplanade and if you continue past Manly Sea Life you will discover the beautiful Fairlight Walk along the harbour. A truly stunning walk that leads to the Manly to Spit Junction Bush Walk.
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