1655 Sydney, Australia
tel: +61 2 9976 1430(Tourist Information)
fax: +61 2 9977 2950
Manly is all about the laid back life. And tourists. And sun. And surf.
Plenty of people base themselves hereabouts during their stay in Sydney, and there are worse places to base yourself if you're mostly interested in the water. There are a couple of choices of beach - the main beach, Manly, justifiably famous - occasionally kicking up a good ocean swell (there are plenty of board hiring places). If you're a little more mild-mannered (or just can't surf), then there's cute Shelly Beach, which is protected from the Pacific's moods. Manly is, in some ways, the home of Australian surfing: Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku rode a plank of shaped wood here back in 1915, and this surf crazed nation has never looked back.
Come out on the famous Manly Ferry, which chugs its way over - as it has for upteem years - from Peir 3 at Circular Quay. It's a cheap Harbour Cruise - you'll pass almost touching distance from the Opera House - and a great way to see Sydney's finest asset.