Manly Beach & Shelley Beach (Cabbage Tree Bay), Sydney, Australia

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After such a good reception following the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk post, I thought I'd talk about a couple of other Sydney beaches, but located in North Sydney - Manly and Shelley Beach. (Coincidentally, there is also another lovely coastal walk here!)

Manly Beach is a 30-45 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay (near the Opera House). We took the normal NSW public ferry which only cost us AUS$7.50 return each. (If you've been using the train, you can use your Opal card on this too). I would highly recommend taking this ferry too as not only is it a different mode of transport to a car or train but it provides an absolutely stunning view of the Sydney Opera house! 

Once you arrive at Manly, it's only a short walk from the ferry terminal to the beach - but I'd suggest getting there early as it gets insanely busy!

Manly beach is absolutely beautiful - there's plenty of sand and crystal clear water. But if you're not a fan of sunbathing, then there is plenty to do ranging from snorkelling in Shelley Bay, paddleboarding, surfing and kayaking! 

The beach is also littered with eateries that range from burgers to fish and chips to a classic Aussie brekkie! We grabbed breakfast at Bluewater Cafe which I would definitely recommend - they offered everything and the place was packed (always a good sign!).

From Manly Beach, it's only a 45 minute (leisurely) walk to Shelley Beach (Cabbage Tree Bay) which is stunning. It's a marine reserve so there were many snorkelling and the water was crystal clear. The walk is completely flat and boardwalk most of the way so very accessible. If you're travelling with kids, there are a few enclosed seawater pools for your kids to swim in (safely)! Once you reach Shelley Beach, the boardwalk ends but if you're after a panoramic view, make your way past the carpark and scramble up some of the rocks for a gorgeous view.

Beautiful but busy so I'd suggest planning a visit here.

Have you been to Manly? Do you prefer relaxing beach days or active ones?