Postcard from Manly Beach

March 23, 2011 in Australia,New South Wales,Places,Postcards

Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride or long bus ride away from downtown Sydney. One of the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches, it’s a fabulous place to go for a stroll, eat lunch with a view or–if you’re lazy like me–read on the beach all day long. If you’re looking for short-term rentals that are more surf than city, Manly is a lovely place to stay. It’s a quite popular suburb with young professionals who would rather surf in the morning and feel the ferry breeze on the commute to the city. Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on a sunny day

Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on a sunny day

While the waves are just big enough to surf, they’re not quite as intimidating as the ones I saw on the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee.

The view of Manly Beach from the ferry in Sydney, Australia

The ferry is an easy way to get to Manly from the CBD, popular with tourists and commuters alike.

The quaint buildings of Manly, Sydney, Australia

The quaint buildings of downtown Manly are the perfect place to grab an ice cream or lunch after the beach.

Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on a sunny day

On a perfect summer day, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than an Australian beach.

Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on a sunny day

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  • Yay! Manly Beach! It’s only 20 minutes away from where I used to live! I love reading your posts, because whenever I feel ‘Sydney homesick’ i just come over here and read what you’ve said about sydney! Did you go any further north than Manly? I used to live in Narrabeen-the surfing is even better there!

  • Ok, you have to move somewhere colder…all these beach pictures are making me seriously homesick for sun, sand, and saltwater!! 😉 Beautiful shots!!

  • How gorgeous! Wish I were there!

  • I swear by Spain and the beaches that ring the peninsula, but I would gladly spend time here!

  • Very nice stretch of coastline! I guess the pouring rain outside makes it even more wonderful looking!

  • Have always wanted to check out Manly – the sand looks so soft and nice (like so many Aussie beaches)

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  • Liv

    Looking forward to exploring all these places soon. I fly to Australia on the 11th – can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    Aww glad you’re enjoying it! Unfortunately Manly is as far north as I got–definitely need to return. I loved Manly, but I think the ferry commute to the city would have gotten old quickly. How long did you live in Manly for?

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry, it will be winter here soon while everyone else is enjoying summer!!! Plus, I’m in Melbourne now–photos will be decidedly grayer 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Totally wish that it was still summer here and that I was still having beach days! No such luck!

  • Anonymous

    The Australia beaches aren’t the same as the Mediterranean, but they’re pretty darn nice! Such a great place to spend a sunny day!

  • Anonymous

    Believe me, I took these photos a few weeks ago and wish I could go back! It’s becoming winter here, and I’m not too pleased about it!

  • Anonymous

    I really did enjoy the Aussie beaches, but Manly was one of my favorites. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Anonymous

    Let me know if you need any Sydney tips or if you make it to Melbourne–I’m down here now!

  • Haha, thats true 🙂 I will have to do some posts on Munich summer just for you! hehe Just saw an Anthony Bourdain show on Melbourne, looks like an amazing place to eat!!

  • Anonymous

    I am OBSESSED with the food here. I swear, my entire paycheck will support the Melbourne restaurant industry!

  • Ahh Manly! I lived in the (only) high rise on the north end of the beach near Queenscliff for 3 months last year. My boyfriend surfed every day, and I took advantage of my work/holiday visa working as a server at Ash’s Table. I’d love to go back!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Manly would have been an amazing place to live, especially if you surf!

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