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Published April 29th 2014
Fun day out at the beach
Manly Beach, located among the northern beaches of Sydney, is one of my favourite Sydney beaches. It has three main sections from north to south, namely Queenscliff, North Steyne and Ne South Steyne. The beach acquired its name for the "manly" nature of the Aboriginal people that once used to live there, by captain Arthur Phillip.
Access to Manly Beach is via the ferry service from Circular Quay which takes about thirty minutes. Simply get off at Manly ferry station and the beach is a walking distance away. One can also choose to drive to Manly Beach and parking is available right outside along the beach. Personally I found driving more convenient than the ferry service but ferries are reasonably frequent and not very expensive.
Manly council lifeguards operate all year round at different aspects of the beach, and there is even a volunteer service on weekends and public holidays. There are shops along the each where surf boards and other equipment can be purchased.
[ADVERT]There is a pedestrian plaza named The Corso, which is one of the main areas for dining and shopping in Manly. It runs from the Harbour beach and ferry wharfs cross to Manly Beach where it marks the boundary between North and South Steyne.
One can also choose to cycle or walk on the foot and cycle path along the beach or just relax and unwind in the yellow soft sand. Manly is a fairly clean beach and one can often spot the occasional kite or other activities along the beach.
Little Manly Beach Kiosk is a cool cafe facing the beach and therefore has fabulous views. The coffee is great, staff very friendly and overall a fantastic place for a quick bite or stop over on your day out in Manly.