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Manly Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

1. Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

Venture out into the deep blue horizon and soak up the beauty of Manly Cove by kayak. After meeting one of the experienced instructors for a safety briefing and paddling demonstration, you will head out on your self-guided tour on board a clear-view kayak for up to 4 hours. The kayaks have transparent seats, that let you admire the stunning underwater environment of the Cove. With guidance from a convenient map, explore the most scenic routes and secluded beaches of the area. Visit up to four beaches during the day to relax and laze in the sun, take a refreshing ocean dip, or go for a snorkel. You're bound to feel completely immersed in the natural treasures of Sydney's backyard, as you gaze beneath the surface of its water. A dry bag is included, so you can bring along your mobiles and small cameras.

Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

2. Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

Get back to nature and snorkel with the marine life off the coast of Sydney on an advanced eco-tourism adventure in Manly. Benefit from the services of a local guide and explore in a small group for a more intimate and personalized experience. Hear what native creatures you need to keep a look out for, and learn more about the natural environment. Get interesting interpretations about the heritage and culture of Sydney on a nature walk with panoramic views of the Northern Beaches. Cool off in the clear waters of Shelly Beach. Be amazed by the diverse wildlife that lives in the sea grass meadows and rocky reefs of the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

3. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

Get your keys to the city of Sydney with a 1 or 2-day pass for the Sydney Harbour hop-on-hop-off fleet. Cruises depart from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and allow you the flexibility of visiting up to 8 famous harbor precincts or simply stay on board for a round trip.  • Darling Harbour: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Maritime Museum, Explorer Bus, China Town, shopping, restaurants, bars, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo and more • Watsons Bay: Home of Doyles famous seafood restaurant and one of Sydney’s best waterfront pubs. Take a short stroll to Camp Cove, the Gap and historic South Head • Circular Quay: Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct, weekend markets, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbor Bridge pylon, restaurants, bars and the Explorer Bus • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos plus animals of the world. Park entry fees apply • Manly - A short walk to famous Manly surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants, bars and cafés

Sydney: 1 or 2 Day Sydney Harbour Hopper and Fast Ferry Pass

4. Sydney: 1 or 2 Day Sydney Harbour Hopper and Fast Ferry Pass

Explore all popular Sydney Harbour destinations with a convenient Harbour Hopper 1-day or 2-day pass. Take in the striking views of the city from a spacious ferry and get off whenever and wherever you wish to. Additionally, enjoy access to the Manly Beach and Manly-Watsons Bay fast ferry. Discover iconic attractions, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and botanic gardens with a hop-on hop-off transfer service between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. And don't miss out on the vibrant Manly Beach, by taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay or Watsons Bay. Experience all the natural beauty of the harbor contrasting with the modern cityscape, such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the elegant buildings of Darling Harbour. Take advantage of the flexible route and departure times to embark and disembark at your chosen locations.

Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

5. Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the most scenic part of Sydney on this fun-filled and unforgettable tour of the Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Relax on a scenic drive in an air-conditioned minivan to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. While there, bush walk to sacred rock engraving sites to learn about local Aboriginal culture. Enjoy stunning ocean views at Manly Beach, the Spit, West Head, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Long Reef, North Head Palm Beach, Summer Bay and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Then travel to Narrabeen Beach, one of the best surfing spots in Sydney. Take advantage of the superb photo opportunities from Long Reef Headland, where you may even be lucky enough to see a whale. Then, escape the crowds and stroll the cliffs along the Curl Curl coastal walk. Stop to admire the spectacular views of Freshwater Beach, where you can learn about the origins of surfing in Australia. Sail past Sydney Harbour’s entrance between North and South Heads on the Manly ferry before enjoying views of the mighty Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at the end of your tour!

Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

6. Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

Explore the pristine waters of Manly Cove which are some of the most spectacular in North Harbour. Paddle past exclusive beaches and take in the stunning scenery. Try out kayaking which is a fantastic, fun, and relaxing activity even for beginners.  First, arrive at the kayak location in the heart of Manly, where you will be given an explanation of the area and fitted with a life jacket and paddle. Be shown the basics before you set off, the kayaks are stable and easy to steer. No prior kayak experience is needed.  Receive a map of the kayaking area of operation, and when you are ready, begin your kayaking adventure. Dry bags are supplied as well, so you can bring your own picnic, and enjoy lunch on one of the pristine beaches in the area.

Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

7. Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

Start your local beer discovery with a stop at 4 Pines Keller Door in Manly. Here you'll get to learn about and taste their award-winning beers and see where beer on the beaches all started. The tours change depending on the day, but some of the Northern Beaches breweries usually visited are Nomad Brewing Co, 7th Day or the 4 Pines Truck Bar in Brookvale; and Modus Operandi Brewing Company in Mona Vale, where the team will take you through their brewery and the brewing process. Filled with knowledge, you can relax over some tasters and a delicious lunch at the brewery. The tour can drop you in Manly or Surry Hills, just let the guide know.

Sydney: Private Sydney City and Australian Wildlife Tour

8. Sydney: Private Sydney City and Australian Wildlife Tour

Enjoy a full day in Sydney discovering the city's iconic landmarks and scenic locations as well as a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. As a general itinerary, the tour begins with hotel/port pick-up before we make our way to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Australia is famous for its unique animals, marsupials and reptiles. Award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park shelters a wide variety of indigenous fauna. On this guided tour through the park, you will have up-close interactions with a range of wallabies and kangaroos, marvel at the ultra-relaxed life of a koala and view the world's most poisonous snake. There are wombats, echidnas, penguins, dingos, cassowaries, emus, crocodiles, Tassie Devils and a huge kaleidoscope of bird species. From the wildlife park, we head either back to the eastern or north sides of the city. The eastern area includes Bondi, Tamarama & Bronte beaches as well as Watson's Bay, South Head and travelling through Vaucluse, Paddington and Hyde Park. Those who have visited the east will have an opportunity to discover the northern region of Sydney which includes Manly, North Head, Mosman and Balmoral Beach. We return to the city with visits to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Darling Harbour and photo opportunities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your local owner/operator guide will provide informative narration throughout the day offering a deeper understanding of Australia's Aboriginal heritage, colonial history & modern culture. Travel in comfort in a 15-seat Mercedes Benz vehicle.

Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

9. Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

Enjoy the freedom and luxury of a fully escorted private tour taking in all the Famous Sydney landmarks - the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Historic Rocks District plus much more! Starting at The Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, you'll find amazing views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge along the Harbour foreshore. Get to know some of the older, unique Sydney inner city localities and visit Woolloomooloo to stop at the iconic Sydney Food Truck, Harry’s Café De Wheels for a snack. No tour of Sydney is complete without visiting the Historic Rocks, Walsh Bay and Dawes Point areas where the settlement of Sydney started in 1788. Your knowledgeable local guide will tell you about Sydney’s fascinating Colonial, Convict History as you explore this unique area. During the tour, you will learn about the Aboriginal, First Nations People and the oldest living culture on the planet and visit sites that are of significance to the local Indigenous People. You will visit beautiful beached including Bondi in the East and Manly in the North. At Manly beach on the northside you will enjoy stops at stunning headlands, lookouts, hidden bays plus many more ‘secret spots’ off the main tourist track. At Bondi Beach in the East you will get an feel for laid-back Aussie Beach Culture and will have plenty of time to wander along the golden sand and even dip your feet in the pristine water if you choose to.

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What people are saying about Manly Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 414 reviews

My grandchildren and I had a great time traveling on the Hop On Hop Off cruiser. It was a perfect day, sun shining and the views from the top deck were incredible. We spent time in Manly seeing the markets and having morning tea. Then we went to Watson's Bay for lunch at Doyle's on the beach and walked to The Gap along the promenade where we took photos of the city and the views. We finished at Circular Quay where we spent an hour walking around The Rocks and the markets there before heading home on the train. Worth it!

Very easy to locate, staff was super friendly and helpful! It's a solo ride which was actually kind of nice because you just get to paddle to where you want and stop at the beached and explore! Great experience!

What a fun experience! In a nice area with multiple little beaches to visit. The lady who runs it was super nice

Great experience in a beautiful day. I was really happy and satisfied with the trip.

From start to finish it was a great day. I could not recommend enough.