Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, off Shelly Beach in Manly, is an incredible place for snorkeling and exciting marine life. It’s a 30-minute ferry trip from Circular Quay, and the reserve is home to more than 160 fish species, like big blue groupers, wobbegong sharks, sea dragons, and elegant wrasse. You can see turtles and dusky whaler sharks here in the warmer months. This is the ocean, so there will be good and bad days as far as currents and visibility go. I recommend a guided tour—we offer one at EcoTreasures—either midweek or late in the day. With a guide, your experience is safe, enjoyable, and gives a detailed picture of Sydney’s specific marine life.
Best morning walk from Manly to Shelly Beach. Pack your swimmers for a swim in the rock pool half way
A good local favourite. A nice eatery there also, and from here you can go on some great walks around North Head
Our favourite morning walk for beautiful vistas, saying friends on the coastal pathway and going for a dip in the calm sea.
“Great place to watch the sunset and have a beer or wine on the jetty of Manly Wharf. Great place to mingle with locals. ”
“Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Buses to Circular Quay run very regularly from any stop on Oxford Street. The bus runs through the CBD and terminates at Circular Quay. From the Ferry there are great Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, and out past North Head and South Head out to the sea. Once at Manly you can walk along the harbour beach, or walk through the shops to the very famous long main beach, which looks out to the sea. There are walks that you can take through some bushland as well. Catch a return Ferry to Circular Quay.”
“Great little Mexican joint in manly with epic tacos and amazing cocktails. Best Margaritas around ”
“One of Manly's oldest buildings, with over 150 years of history inbuilt to every corner of the pub. Enjoy a beer with some classic pub food, while overlooking the iconic Manly beach.”
“Beautiful view of the Heads and the City. You can drive all the way up there. there are a few short walks you can do while there, and a lovely cafe/restaurant with amazing views.”