Manly lies on the northern side of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. It sits on an isthmus of sand separating the calm waters of the harbour to the south and the open ocean to the north.

Manly's Ocean Beach

The Ocean Beach of Manly is the first of the eighteen or so Northern Beaches of Sydney. Thirty kilometres (18 miles) away lies Palm Beach and Pittwater.

Palm Beach

To the west are vast areas of National Park and bushland. To the east the South Pacific Ocean fringed with fine sandy beaches punctuated by bold sandstone headlands. The sand is yellow/white in the south, becoming progressively more golden as you travel north.


You can click on any name on the map to the right to see information about that place.

If you like you could start at Manly and then follow the links on each page that will eventually take you all the way to Palm Beach and Pittwater.

We have also put together a number of "pre packaged" virtual tours that you can use to explore the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney in a slightly different way.



Northern Beaches Virtual Tour Web Map

Manly to Spit This 10 km walk from Manly wharf to the Spit Bridge is one of Manly's gems. (Now with video)
Ocean Beach The ocean side of Manly. Take the walk to Shelly Beach, explore the lagoon at Queenscliff, see the bombora with its big waves.
North Head  Explore North Head, some of the best views of Sydney are to be had from here.
Northern Beaches Click on the link to start at Manly or simply click on a beach on the map on the left.
Aerial Tour An aerial tour of the beaches

Google Earth

open this placemark (right or control click to save the file to your desktop, then double click it)
If you don't have Google Earth you can download it
Goggles Fly your own plane all over the Northern Beaches.

finished the tour?
try these Northern Beaches sites....

northern beaches tour Manly Lagoon at Queenscliff Queenscliff North Steyne beach South Steyne beach Cabbage Tree bay Quarantine Station north head North Head Sydney Harbour, Manly Manly to Spit Bridge Walk Manly, surf, whales, walks, accommodation


next beach
manly surf whales links directory
message board
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Use the "Beaches Forum"


Manly and the Northern Beaches
All aerial photos marked with an * are courtesy of Esther Birchmeier

site by Bill Russo