Manly Beach

Coordinates: 33°47′23″S 151°17′16″E / 33.7897°S 151.2878°E / -33.7897; 151.2878
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Manly Beach
Beach with coastline at left and apartments in the background
View of southern section of Manly Beach, with Shelly Beach in the background
Map showing the location of Manly Beach
Map showing the location of Manly Beach
Manly Beach
LocationManly, New South Wales
Nearest citySydney, NSW, Australia
Coordinates33°47′23″S 151°17′16″E / 33.7897°S 151.2878°E / -33.7897; 151.2878
Governing bodyNorthern Beaches Council

Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, in Manly, New South Wales. From north to south, the three main sections are Queenscliff, North Steyne, and South Steyne.


The beach was named by Capt. Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there. He wrote, "Their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place".[1]

Manly Beach circa 1900

Commercial area[edit]

Within walking distance of Manly Beach along the oceanway is Fairy Bower and Shelly Beach. There are shops, restaurants, night clubs, and bars in town.


Northern Beaches Council lifeguards operate a year-round service at South Steyne, and operate from October to April at North Steyne and Queenscliff.[2] Volunteer Life Savers also patrol on weekends and public holidays between October and May.[citation needed]


A Manly Beach sunset

Travelling to Manly from Sydney's main ferry terminal, Circular Quay, takes 30 minutes by public ferry. There is also the option of a private ferry from Circular Quay to Manly (and back) between Monday and Saturday. There are two private ferry services running (also called "fast ferries") and the trip takes 18 minutes.[citation needed] The Corso, a pedestrian plaza and one of Manly's main streets for shopping and dining, runs from the ferry wharf and harbour beach, across the peninsula to Manly Beach, where it marks the boundary between North Steyne and South Steyne.[citation needed]


Manly Beach and big surf
Manly Beach with big surf


  1. ^ Governor Phillip to Lord Sydney, 15 May 1788, in the Historical Records of New South Wales ii:129, quoted by Robert Hughes in The Fatal Shore, 1987, paperback ISBN 1-86046-150-6 page 15
  2. ^ "Manly Council". Retrieved 12 April 2013.

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