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Bliss out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, ManlyCredit: Destination NSW

Man enjoying an afternoon of stand up paddleboarding inside Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, Manly.

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Bliss out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, Manly Credit: Destination NSW

Man enjoying an afternoon of stand up paddleboarding inside Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, Manly.

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Soak up the spectacular Sydney Harbour scenery on a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly, then ease into the effortlessly laidback lifestyle of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Find your new favourite beach and much more on this dazzling 40km stretch of coastline that’s also home to great cafés, bars, shops and wilderness areas. Here are just a few highlights to inspire a memorable visit.

Savour the Northern Beaches

Step off the ferry in Manly and into one of the Northern Beaches’ hottest dining precincts, Manly Wharf. Drink in the seaside pub vibe of the Wharf Bar overlooking the water along with new sister-venue The Tropic, a pastel-hued oasis of smart-casual dining right next door. Order a refreshing drink at either spot and lean into the tropical atmosphere.

Try something else new and seek out tucked-away Banco Manly, a hip laneway bar where you’ll be glad you followed the locals’ lead in ordering a lobster roll with your natural wine. Then escape to underground speakeasy The Cumberland Manly Cove to discover how the use of foraged botanicals elevates the hidden bar’s craft cocktails.

Or stick with soothing sea views and head to Manly Greenhouse, where you can take your pick from three unique drinking and dining experiences spread across three levels. Nab a perch by the window on any floor and watch surfers slice through the waves at Manly Beach as you sip a locally brewed beer.

Heading up the peninsula, admire the retro-chic renovation of the beloved Harbord Hotel in Freshwater, a haven of coastal hospitality where the beer is cold and the good times roll.Then stop in at Dee Why to take a bite of the Mediterranean at Coretto Dee Why, where its aqua tones will make you feel like you’re still on the beach across the road as you feast on parmesan baked scallops or vegan roast pumpkin bruschetta.

Other tasty diversions include The Park House in Mona Vale with its cocktail lounge, craft beer bar, restaurant, pizza kitchen, market stalls, live music, and games for kids; all-day eatery The Collaroy, where sweeping Collaroy Beach views set the scene for a relaxing long lunch, and The Newport, where you can linger in the sprawling beer garden as yachts criss-cross the serene waters of pretty Pittwater beyond.

Embrace the lazy-summer-day-by-the-sea vibe at Palm Beach foodie favourite Barrenjoey House, where maritime-inspired interiors complement a smart seafood focused menu served in a light-filled heritage-listed building at the region’s northern tip.

Manly Ferry, Manly Credit: Destination NSW

The Manly ferry service arriving at Manly Wharf.

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Manly Ferry, Manly Credit: Destination NSW

The Manly ferry service arriving at Manly Wharf.

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The Cumberland, Manly Credit: Destination NSW

Couple watching a bartender preparing cocktails at The Cumberland, Manly.

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The Cumberland, Manly Credit: Destination NSW

Couple watching a bartender preparing cocktails at The Cumberland, Manly.

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Shop the Northern Beaches style

Indulge in retail therapy in Manly, where you can shop for the laidback beach look at the many surf stores in The Corso and beyond. Or explore the backstreets and unearth vintage designs at Sammy and Sid and quirky accessories at Bow + Arrow. Manly Markets 2095 pops up on Sydney Road (just off The Corso) every weekend; set yourself up for a morning of browsing local arts and crafts with a passionately brewed coffee from a local café such as Silo Espresso.

Discover a hidden fashion enclave in the peaceful suburb of Freshwater. Pick up bohemian pieces at Kivari, Northern Beaches-approved swimwear at Wanderlust Swim and more vintage threads at Restated Vintage. Treat yourself to some Hamptons-inspired homewares at Alfresco Emporium in Collaroy, which also has a florist and a café, or if Scandinavian chic is more your style, make your way to Nordic Fusion in Manly.

Dive into nature’s playground

Marvel at the choice of local beaches, including more than 20 ocean beaches alone. Join families at protected Freshwater, catch a wave on a lesson with Manly Surf School, or rub shoulders with the rich and famous at Palm Beach. Or, discover the vibrant marine life on a memorable tour with EcoTreasures from Shelly Beach, at the southern end of Manly.

Seize the chance to immerse yourself in one of the region’s most stunning coastal bush settings on an invigorating hike to historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse (built in 1881), perched atop Barrenjoey Head at the northern end of Palm Beach. There are two routes to the top; take it easy on the 2km-return Barrenjoey Track or work up a sweat on the shorter but steeper Smugglers Track.

Enjoy more incredible coastal views as you breathe in the salty sea air on the Dee Why Headland Walk, which traces the cliffs between Dee Why and North Curl Curl beaches for 1.6km, and the 10km Manly Scenic Walkway (also known as the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk). Get a glimpse of the region’s Indigenous heritage as you admire Aboriginal rock carvings en route.

Or experience a thrill tackling the region’s network of mountain biking trails. Find out why dedicated mountain bikers will cross Sydney to ride the 19km circuit around Manly Dam, which is suitable for all skill levels. Learn the ropes or discover some of the region’s hidden trails on a tour with Joe’s Mountain Bike Tours.

Book your perfect beachside stay

Feel like you’re a world away from the city with an overnight stay in Manly, even though it’s just a 30-minute ferry ride away. The Manly Pacific Sydney has well-priced rooms and apartments overlooking the ocean. Relish the convenience of sleeping just steps away from cafés, restaurants and shops, not to mention the beach.

Embrace the high-end intimacy of Jonah’s at Whale Beach, a Northern Beaches institution for more than 90 years. Check into one of its 11 recently refurbished rooms featuring parquet flooring, textured wallpaper, a neutral colour scheme and rich gold accents, then take your seat for a memorable meal at the venue’s award-winning restaurant, washed down with a selection from the 1,600-strong wine list.

Drink in the sea views from your private balcony at The Sands, sitting in between ocean and a lagoon on the narrow Narrabeen peninsula. The property has 47 studios, suites and one-bedroom apartments, many with ocean views, as well as a restaurant and bar. Grab one of the hotel’s bicycles and take the opportunity to explore the area at a leisurely Northern Beaches pace.

Or, perch yourself in the lush canopy at Wild Luxury's newest property, Crane Lodge. Suspended above breathtaking bushland near Whale Beach, the five-bedroom property transports guests away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday with luxury features including a heated swimming pool, 38 degree cedar hot tub and outdoor fire pit. 

Manly Pacific Credit: Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Enjoying the view at the Manly Pacific Hotel in Manly, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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Manly Pacific Credit: Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Enjoying the view at the Manly Pacific Hotel in Manly, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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Hanging in the lush canopy of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Crane Lodge is suspended at the apex of endangered angophora bushland.

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Hanging in the lush canopy of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Crane Lodge is suspended at the apex of endangered angophora bushland.

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