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Manly Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

1. Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

Climb aboard for a 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Get a safety briefing and pre-flight photos at the heliport before boarding. Enjoy time to relax, use the bathroom, grab some water and chill out in the beautiful lounge room area. Then it's liftoff time. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Upon take-off, enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of your departure, your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and heading north along the coast at 500 feet. You will fly along the picturesque coastline of the eastern suburbs beaches and see Coogee, Clovelly and also the world-famous Bondi Beach with it's the aquamarine waters sparkling against the Sydney sun. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the chiseled sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound to Sydney Harbour, the world’s largest and most beautiful natural harbor.

Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

2. Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

Venture out into the deep blue horizon and be mesmerized by the beauty of Manly Cove by kayak. Following a briefing, some instructions, and gearing up, you will take to the water on board a see-through kayak for up to 4 hours. With guidance from a convenient map, you'll explore the most scenic routes and secluded beaches of the area. As you soak up some vitamin D and the serene sounds of the water, ogle at the marvelous underwater world through your clear-view kayak. Visit up to four beaches during the day to relax and laze in the sun, take a refreshing ocean dip, or go for a snorkel. You're bound to feel completely immersed in the natural treasures of Sydney's backyard, as you gaze beneath the surface its water.

Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

3. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

Get your keys to the city of Sydney with a 1 or 2-day pass for the Sydney Harbour hop-on-hop-off fleet. Cruises depart from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and allow you the flexibility of visiting up to 8 famous harbor precincts or simply stay on board for a round trip.  • Darling Harbour: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Maritime Museum, Explorer Bus, China Town, shopping, restaurants, bars, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo and more • Watsons Bay: Home of Doyles famous seafood restaurant and one of Sydney’s best waterfront pubs. Take a short stroll to Camp Cove, the Gap and historic South Head • Circular Quay: Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct, weekend markets, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbor Bridge pylon, restaurants, bars and the Explorer Bus • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos plus animals of the world. Park entry fees apply • Manly - A short walk to famous Manly surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants, bars and cafés

Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

4. Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

Get back to nature and snorkel with the marine life off the coast of Sydney on an advanced eco-tourism adventure in Manly. Benefit from the services of a local guide and explore in a small group for a more intimate and personalized experience. Hear what native creatures you need to keep a look out for, and learn more about the natural environment. Get interesting interpretations about the heritage and culture of Sydney on a nature walk with panoramic views of the Northern Beaches. Cool off in the clear waters of Shelly Beach. Be amazed by the diverse wildlife that lives in the sea grass meadows and rocky reefs of the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

5. Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

Explore the pristine waters of Manly Cove which are some of the most spectacular in North Harbour. Paddle past exclusive beaches and take in the stunning scenery. Try out kayaking which is a fantastic, fun, and relaxing activity even for beginners.  First, arrive at the kayak location in the heart of Manly, where you will be given an explanation of the area and fitted with a life jacket and paddle. Be shown the basics before you set off, the kayaks are stable and easy to steer. No prior kayak experience is needed.  Receive a map of the kayaking area of operation, and when you are ready, begin your kayaking adventure. Dry bags are supplied as well, so you can bring your own picnic, and enjoy lunch on one of the pristine beaches in the area.

Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

6. Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the most scenic part of Sydney on this fun-filled and unforgettable tour of the Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Relax on a scenic drive in an air-conditioned minivan to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. While there, bush walk to sacred rock engraving sites to learn about local Aboriginal culture. Enjoy stunning ocean views at Manly Beach, the Spit, West Head, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Long Reef, North Head Palm Beach, Summer Bay and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Then travel to Narrabeen Beach, one of the best surfing spots in Sydney. Take advantage of the superb photo opportunities from Long Reef Headland, where you may even be lucky enough to see a whale. Then, escape the crowds and stroll the cliffs along the Curl Curl coastal walk. Stop to admire the spectacular views of Freshwater Beach, where you can learn about the origins of surfing in Australia. Sail past Sydney Harbour’s entrance between North and South Heads on the Manly ferry before enjoying views of the mighty Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at the end of your tour!

Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

7. Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

Start your local beer discovery with a stop at 4 Pines Keller Door in Manly. Here you'll get to learn about and taste their award-winning beers and see where beer on the beaches all started. The tours change depending on the day, but some of the Northern Beaches breweries usually visited are Nomad Brewing Co, 7th Day or the 4 Pines Truck Bar in Brookvale; and Modus Operandi Brewing Company in Mona Vale, where the team will take you through their brewery and the brewing process. Filled with knowledge, you can relax over some tasters and a delicious lunch at the brewery. The tour can drop you in Manly or Surry Hills, just let the guide know.

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What people are saying about Manly Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 385 reviews

Very nice people, you feel in good hands and everything is explained clearly. You should have made the flight over Sydney when you are here. It's a completely different experience and perspective to see the city from above.

Very easy to locate, staff was super friendly and helpful! It's a solo ride which was actually kind of nice because you just get to paddle to where you want and stop at the beached and explore! Great experience!

It was easy to book and pay. Communication was great. One suggestion: it would be nice to have transport service from city center and back.

Thinking about this trip? Don’t hesitate! 15 glorious once in a lifetime style minutes

Great experience in a beautiful day. I was really happy and satisfied with the trip.