For less than $10, you can cruise in both directions across one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. There’s nothing quite like checking out the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you sail across the harbour.
Things To Do In Manly
Once you are in Manly itself, there are plenty of things to do. You can stroll along the beach with its wonderful Norfolk Pine trees, or lay your towel down for a sunbake and a dip in the ocean.
Make sure you don’t spend too long in the sun between 10 am and 2 pm - you may get sunburnt!
You can also grab an icecream from Copenhagen or New Zealand Natural Icecream - it’s a bit of a tradition of mine whenever I go to Manly.
Shopping In Manly
You’ll find all the big surf brands (Mambo, RipCurl, Quiksilver and Billabong) in the Corso (Manly’s outdoor shopping mall) if you’re up for a spot of shopping or you need to get out of the sun for a bit.
Manly Food & Wine Festival - June
The Manly Food And Wine Festival is held in June each year. It’s a “good food” festival where you get to sample a large range of gourmet cheese, wine, dips and entire meals. There are foods and wines from Australia, France, India, New Zealand, Chile and a whole lot of other countries.
Manly International Jazz Festival - October
The second major festival in Manly is held in October of each year - the Manly International Jazz Festival. If you love jazz or even just music in general, think jazz with a backdrop of Pacific ocean waves, Norfolk pines and a big blue sky. The festival itself is free of charge and has some very famous Australian and international jazz artists.
How To Buy Tickets For Sydney Ferries
Access to the ferry to Manly is from Circular Quay, at the northern edge of downtown Sydney. Tickets are available from ticket machines or from the ticket counters. The journey takes about 25 very enjoyable minutes each way.