Checkin’ Out Manly

Today was all about Manly. Manly is a Sydney suburb with a beautiful sprawling beach, a palm fringed promenade, and several relaxed bars and restaurants. It was a slice of just what we needed after the past few hectic days which were spent zipping around downtown Melbourne and Sydney.

To get there, we boarded the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay, which is pretty cheap and a treat in itself. Just take a look at these views…

There’s something so peaceful about watching the Harbour Bridge slip out of sight and the CBD come into full view whilst we bobbed up and down on the ocean.

Half an hour later, we landed in Manly. We walked along the leafy promenade, past bustling shops and eateries, in search, once again, of the sea.

We picked a great day for it too! Not a cloud in the sky.

It was so lovely we decided to take a bit of a stroll, picking the popular Manly to Shelly Beach coastal walk. 

The scenery just gets better!

And better!

It didn’t take long until we reached Shelly Beach. There are lots of things to do along the way too. Simply sit on a bench, people watch, and wile the world away.

Or, for the more active, you can take a dip in the freshwater pool.

There is also a nature trail along the way, where you can attempt to spot tiny sculptures of creatures native to the area.

And yes, the sparkling water really is that clear!

After all that walking, we worked up a bit of an appetite. Courtesy of my parents’ recommendation thanks to their previous visit to Manly, we knew exactly where to go and headed straight for the Manly Grill.

With views of the coast and the promenade, it’s the perfect for people watching, and offers some great food! Check out the menu here.

We all opted for steak…

I picked the Steak Oscar – a fillet steak topped with a crab cake and asparagus, served with one of the best jacket potatoes I’ve ever had and sour cream, drizzled in béarnaise. It was incredible! I’d highly recommend the restaurant to anyone visiting Manly.

After all that amazing food, we headed back to the ferry – having had such a great day, I’ve got a feeling this won’t be our last visit to Manly!

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