SYDNEY MANLY BEACH is one of our favourites, so here is a guide on how to get there, and a list of other beaches. Manly beach is so popular there are two ferries that take you there, from two separate stations. Tap in (and tap out) with your OPAL transport card. There is the normal and the express ferry option. The difference in price is just a few dollars. On leaving the ferry terminal there is a signpost in the road which explains most, and the beach is down the palm-lined promenade. The walk starts to the left. Take a good look at the signpost. The brochure on the walk is free in most tourist places. 

If you just want the beach, then here are is a best of selection.

  • Bondi Beach is Australia’s most well-known beach, with an entire village of cafés, restaurants, shops and hotels here, ensuring that locals rarely leave.
  • Bronte Beach is the start of an easy 40-minute coastal walk from Bondi Beach to arrive at its quieter sister Bronte. The beach is popular among surfers, while swimmers generally head to the famous rock pool at the south side of the beach. There’s a large grassy area with excellent barbecue and picnic facilities. 
  • Gordons Bay is a little oasis tucked between Clovelly and Coogee beaches and is home to a 500 metre underwater nature trail, guiding divers past reefs, sand flats and kelp forests.
  • Manly is a ferry from Circular Quay. You can swim in the ocean or tranquil harbour. Stroll from the Manly surf club along Marine Parade to access tiny Shelly Beach, a common spot for snorkelling.
  • Palm Beach is a local bus from Manly. You can also go to the northern beaches of Curl Curl, Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport and Avalon – all famous for their laidback lifestyle and surf culture. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Palm Beach, where lunch at the Boathouse is a must.
  • Balmoral Beach on Sydney’s scenic north shore, Balmoral boasts gentle currents, enclosed swimming areas and many cafes, making it a popular spot for families. 
  • Nielsen Park is via the Hermitage Foreshore walk, a spectacular trail that winds its way along Sydney’s eastern harbour beaches. A bus also runs from Town Hall station directly to Nielsen Park.  
  • Watsons Bay is Australia’s oldest fishing village where the enclosed waters make it safe to swim. It is at the southern entrance to Sydney Harbour. You can catch the ferry here from Circular Quay. Try a walk up to The Gap and Macquarie Lighthouse. Afterwards, eat fish and chips from Sydney’s famous Doyle’s Restaurant. Then take the five-minute walk to Camp Cove, a small, family-friendly beach known for its calm waters and millionaire views.SHIPS & CHAT – Research other ships – passenger area tours, info & chat sites – Our Ships menu has every ship from every fleet – Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help others – click

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