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Manly Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Manly-BeachYou’re in Sydney, Australia, the home of some of the world’s most spectacular beaches – white sand beaches and weather many can only dream of. You’ve soaked up the sunshine as you relax by the sea, book in hand, sunglasses on point. When the heat got to be a little much, you crossed the road to the promenade and browsed the various fashion and surf wear stores, an ice cream in hand. A couple of guys skateboard past, earphones in and lost in their own world of rhythm. You concluded that man buns were in right now. The relaxed beachside vibe is infectious, and soon enough you feel just like a local, taking a chilled out beach day. If you are looking for something beyond a beach retreat though, there is so much more to Manly than skater boys and girls in bikinis.

Get active!

Manly-seaside-walkGo for a bushwalk. You will witness some of Sydney’s most breathtaking scenery. Start with the Manly to Shelly Beach walk! At only 15 minutes, this one is a stroll along the coastline, perfect for those who are not keen on the idea of walking. Make sure to check out the eco-sculptures on the way! Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque – they even have braille on them! This easy path has been absolutely optimised for accessibility. For you avid bushwalkers, continue up the steps on the other side of the beach (you won’t miss them) and onto the well-shaded trail into the trees. Depending on which path you take, this can take you all the way to the Fairfax Lookout at North Head. With an awe-inspiring view of the city skyline (think Sydney Tower), wind whipping around you as the waves crash into the cliffs, this is a moment that will stick with you. Another more ambitious walk you can do is to head out to see the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, a historical icon of the area.

When it’s time for lunch…

Manly-SunsetHead to the Boathouse at Shelley Beach! Ever popular and usually packed, this is THE place to grab a milkshake (we recommend the mango or the berry) and some fish and chips. If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, the trout plate or the fish pie are absolutely wonderful. From salad to pastries, they have it all. Not only that, you’ll love the open airiness and the rustic beach chic atmosphere. Light streams in from the windows – this is a perfect place to people watch. Sit outside, if you can find a seat! Don’t come too late though! The crowds will converge like seagulls during lunch hour.

Indulge your inner history buff…

And visit the old quarantine station! Even better, go at night and join a ghost tour. You never know what you will see! Dive into the world of the first fleet settlers and their journey across the seas to Australia!

You’ve saved on accommodation…

So why not splash out? Literally! Take some surf lessons at Manly Surf School. Never surfed before? No problem. These professionals have got you covered, from surf board rentals to providing you with wetsuits or rash shirts. Don’t worry, you start off with the basics on the beach before moving into the surf. There are also lifesavers on duty so you are in safe hands!

For the younger ones, Manly Waterworks is a great option for some adrenaline and water slide fun! With four well-supervised slides, this is a great half day activity if the adults want to relax with a cocktail or a coffee. Please keep in mind though that this is only open during warmer weather!

Spend Less, Do More

The Cheaperthanhotels Team

 

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