Buy a bottle of sunscreen, grab your cozzy and book into a luxury Accor hotel because Manly is the ultimate Sydney destination for fun in the sun. Manly rests atop its own personal peninsula, with a fantastic surf beach on one side, easy-to-access ferries to Circular Quay on the other and a stellar nature sanctuary to top it all off.
What to do in Manly
Step off the ferry and walk less than five minutes around the beach to Manly SEALIFE Sanctuary. Contained within its three levels are numerous aquatic animal activities that are perfect for that special romantic date, or fun for the whole family. Try Penguin Cove to meet Manly's endangered, but dangerously cute, little penguins and learn about their habitat, breeding habits and conservation efforts. Next jump into a scuba-diving outfit and plunge into the midst of SEALIFE's Grey Nurse Shark colony to swim alongside these massive beasts, along with stingrays, giant turtles and plenty of fish!
At the head of the Manly peninsula is the North Head Sanctuary. With over 10 kilometres of walking tracks available, you can immerse yourself in a lavish rainforest wonderland filled with colourful greenery and animals. Also at this location is the World War Two North Fort, a structure consisting of underground tunnels, concrete gun emplacements and a very long history.
And of course don't forget to visit Manly Beach during your stay. Soak up the sun on glittering sands as the world-famous waves of Sydney's impressive surf beach crash excitedly in the background. There are regular lifeguard patrols, nearby cafes and all the on-site amenities you could need in a beach.
What to eat in Manly
Almost literally next door to the Manly Wharf, Out of Africa rests on the waterfront to bring you the very finest in Moroccan cuisine. From their award winning celebrity chef, Hassan M'Souli, feast on a range of spicy, aromatic, traditional Moroccan food that is more than worthy of the awards it has received. On the other side of the ferry terminal is the 4 Pines Brewing Company. Stop by for some tastings in their beer cellar before sitting down at the restaurant for a hearty, mouthwatering meal.
Accommodation in Manly
Right next to Manly Beach is the luxurious Manly hotel, The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach. This hotel features 83 comfortable rooms that range in size from a Queen studio room to a twin bedroom apartment with ocean views. When you decide to relax in water a little less salty, you can do so in The Sebel's outdoor heated pool or outdoor unheated pool - depending how roasting it is!
Also along the stunning Manly Beach waterfront is the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific. Choose from their 213 opulent bedrooms to dump your luggage before investigating the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre or one of the numerous on-site world-class bars.
Sydney's magnificent Manly is world famous for very good reasons, and by booking a room in an Accor hotel in Manly you can see for yourself what makes this peninsula so special.