8.1 out of 10

Manly

Ranked 267th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8065543385807 151.290951552747
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 06, 2017

"I'm living in toukley near the end of the line for me here not safe not nice all old school gossips but fishing parks beaches nice but I want to go home since 1985 when dad moved us here"

Awesome people beach tourists the ferries
Pros
  • Love to get a job
  • Cheaper rent
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • Excellent Transport
  • good for family as well as singles
Cons
  • Crazy ton of traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 11, 2016

"Manly is a dream that most people can't afford."

Manly has some of our most beautiful beaches, the area itself is full of restaurants and really laid back and awesome people. The girls are beautiful in Manly, and so is their overall lifestyle spirit. Sadly everything comes at a price... Manly parking is impossible, the fines are very hefty, I myself got fined for parking wrongly :( They have a hospital there, great vistas, awesome sands, and the area is just on a level of its own. If you live here you probably can't appreciate how lucky you are to actually live in Manly, to the rest of us, it's just a place we visit on a special occasion.

Transport is decent, Manly has a ferry, and buses. Although I drive up there, so this doesn't apply much to me.
Pros
  • Amazing beach
  • Amazing food options
  • Beautiful people
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Parking issues
  • Impossible to buy anything, too expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 04, 2016

"Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle = MANLY"

Now 60 my wife and I have downsized to Manly from the family home in Seaforth. We have found our new mecca, what a location on Manly Eastern Hill. It has everything and Lifestyle in abundance. The beach is a stroll away, the coffee shops and restaurants are on the doorstep, the harbour views and cooling breezes from every window, Manly is our Lifestyle find and we could not be happier.
Pros
  • Fabulous Lifesyle location
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • good for family as well as singles
Cons
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 13, 2015

"Just moved back to Manly"

Lived in Australia for 7 years now and after living in Manly for 5 years we moved up the coast to Freshwater for 2 years as we had a baby so needed more space. Having lived in a massive house with a pool in Freshwater we really missed the Manly lifestyle. I work in the city and you just cant beat the commute on the fast ferry, esp the way home with a beer in your hand. The 3 of us are very happy back in Manly and hope anyone thinking of moving to OZ will have Manly at the top of their list.
Pros
  • Many beaches in walking distance
  • Lots of things to do, surf, running, gyms, volleyball etc
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • good for family as well as singles
Cons
  • Can be noisy on a Fri and Sat night but thats only in the centre
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Seaside location!"

Great place, beach is fantastic so are the little coves like 'Little Manly' and Delwood Beach. Restaurants are fantastic and our neighbours are all fantastic! Parking can be a nightmare especially on weekends and hot days when people flock to the beach, so I would definitely look for a place with parking! Compared to where we lived previously the location and the feeling of the area is unbeatable!
Pros
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • good for family as well as singles
Cons
  • Parking
  • Late night seedy side in the Corso
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Manly - reassuringly expensive"

Manly is perfect, so close to the City, countless beaches, loads of places to eat and drink, parks everywhere.
The only downside is that it is expensive and busy. But if it wasn't so great it wouldn't be expensive and busy.
I like the fact it is busy because it means the place is buzzing and there are always new sights.
Personally, I have never seen any trouble, and I have been living in Manly for 5 years.
If you compare it to the City or Kings Cross or anywhere else where there is a high concentration of hotels then it feels much safer.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Lively
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • good for family as well as singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I love manly, lived here over 30 years , people with negitive comments just cant afford it - just go live somewhere else"

lived here over 30 years , people with negitive comments just can't afford it - locals don't want trains as they bring undesirables into the area
Pros
  • I think great value for money living on the best beach with atmosphere
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • good for family as well as singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
NateS
NateS I read your post and comments on Manly and I wanted to know if you'd mind expanding a bit? My wife and I are moving to Sydney from Washington, D.C. with our 1 year old and another baby on the way. We lived in Manly when we were much younger when we studied abroad, but I wanted to know what you thought of it for young families. We'd really like to meet Australian families and most of our friends seem to be counseling us to live in Mosman or elsewhere. We love the beach, so I'd prefer to be in Manly, but I just wanted to know if you think there are Aussie families and a community of such in Manly. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
2yrs+
KarenR1
KarenR1 Manly is a beautiful suburb of Sydney to live in. It has a very active and diverse community, with many young families, professionals, travellers, and more. It has great amenities such as the beaches, bush walking, shopping, local schools, plenty of shops and restaurants, and close Sydney CDB by ferry. Great for the active lifestyle and the people are lovely and friendly.
2yrs+
JakeM
JakeM Too many bloody poms there now. They squeeze 5 people in a room, get mad drunk, perve on others, talk loud and fast, and flood the best parts of the beach and plaza. They're a real pest.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Lovely place to live but very expensive"

beautiful place but very high rents.child care always full so wait list is 3yrs.good public transport but unfortunately no train lines.
.safe place otherwise.gud scholls.balgowlah next to manly is also very nice.
iam trying to rent somewhere in west bcause i cant afford the rent here but iam very disappointed to move away from this beautiful place.
gud place to live if u have money,car.unfortunately i have none.
Pros
  • good for family as well as singles
  • beautiful beach to relax
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
  • very beautiful and peaceful
Cons
  • horrible rental and house sales value
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Very beautiful and scenic, peaceful, very nice to stroll"

Manly is a very nice place to live if you have abundant cash. Its very nice to have a walk, peaceful, no fast city life, clean, good public transport, good schools, nice churches, nice people. Only certain areas like near bar its crowded with drunkards at weekends.
Pros
  • very beautiful and peaceful
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
  • Great Food
Cons
  • horrible rental and house sales value
  • poor general practitionars especially for children
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Overated"

Too many backpackers....... Unsafe of a night due to the drunken kids in the corso, untidy and overpriced! The beach is nice but only when the tourists have left for the day, used to be a good surf beach now too many snobs in the cafes...........
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Gotta Love manly"

Manly would have to be the bet I have ever lived.

You have everything at your door. You can walk everywhere.

There is fantastic snorkelling at Cabbage Tree Bay. 2 of the best Sydney restaurants are in Manly/Freshwater. Manly Pavillion and Pilau.
Pros
  • Great Food
  • Excellent Transport
  • Ferry to the city
Cons
  • Late night seedy side in the Corso
  • No others
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to rent, rather expensive to buy."

If you can afford it , great! This is a great place to buy, close to Sydney Harbour National Park and Manly, you feel like your not near the city.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The lifestyle - only 30 mins from the CBD"

Great lifestyle suburb. Beautiful parks and beaches, and top quality eating out. I've enjoyed nothing better than strolling to the ferry in the morning and catching a leisurely ferry across the harbour to the CBD. Downsides? .... the central areas can be unsavoury at night, and although I lived in a quiet bay away from the centre - I still had 3 break-ins in 2 years. Traffic and parking on weekends is also impossible...but thankfully the lifestyle is so good you rarely have to leave!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
2yrs+

"Manly – food, sun and nightlife"

Manly is a suburb of Sydney 17 kilometres north-east of the CBD in the local government area of the Manly Council but still considered to be in the Northern beaches district of Sydney.

Bounded on the north by Queenscliff, the east and south by the Pacific Ocean and to the west by Fairlight and Manly Vale, Manly had a population in 2006 of 13,934 with 12.8% under 18 and 20.3% over 60. 55% of the dwellings are privately owned. Nearly half are high density with only 13% being separate houses.

Transport to and from Manly by road will take you over the Spit Bridge. OK during off peak times but a bit slow at other times. The ferries are a great way to travel to and from the city. 40 minutes of gentle ocean cruise is a great way to start and finish the work day. It gives you time to separate your life into work and play.

The Corso is a pedestrian plaza that is famous for shopping and it's restaurants. There is a good variety of food all within a small area. The Corso leads from the ferry terminal to the beach on the other side of the peninsula and the Norfolk Pine trees.

This is a place that is perfect to visit and play, but not for me to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Seaside living - catch a ferry to work in the CBD!"

Manly is a beachside suburb, 17 kilometres to the north-east of the Sydney CBD.

Famous for its long stretch of sandy beaches, Manly is a popular surf spot and attracts many tourists throughout the year.

The region has a strong sporting culture, and Manly is home to its own Rugby League team. Sailing is also popular in this area, as is surfing and body boarding.

The esplanade is now lined with high density apartment blocks, all offering fantastic views.

The commercial area of town is called the Corso, and this offers a number of outdoor cafés and boutique shops.

Accessing the CBD is easy from here, with frequent ferries and also a dedicated bus line.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Manly - Close to Sydney CBD"

Manly is a beachside suburb on Sydney’s northern beaches and is home to the Manly Warringah Sea eagles NRL Team. Apart from the great beaches, both ocean and harbour that are great for surfing, swimming snorkelling, diving etc, good shopping and multiple choice of accommodation, Manly is home to Oceanworld where you can see marines life of all shapes and sizes with guided tours daily. There are scenic walks, bike hire, boat and kayak hire, galleries and any number of specialty shops. There is plenty of entertainment including the manly Jazz festival, live shows and many entertainment venues. Being so close to Sydney, house and unit prices are high and rental accommodation is as well yet there is always a bargain to be had. Manly is an ideal to buy to live or invest due to its close proximity to work and all major amenities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice beach town in Sydney"

Manly is about a thirty minutes' drive from Sydney and is a favourite destination of tourists and local sunbathers alike. When the sun is out, you can expect Manly to be jam-packed with people. Another way to get to Manly will be by ferry. This is a very popular choice with locals as the road from Manly to the city is impossible during peak hours.

As it is very close to the beach, property prices here are definitely on the higher end of the scale. This suburb is not as multi-cultural as compared to western suburbs of Sydney. Additionally, with high rents and property prices com high prices for goods and services around this area. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes around Manly and the beaches do get very crowded. A word of advice for those intending to drive there especially during the summer months - leave your cars at home as parking is almost impossible to find.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Manly seems to have everything going for it."

Manly has a great beach, a very trendy area for relaxing and enjoying the beach lifestyle. Many people live here and work in Sydney and commute by sea. The boat service is excellent with large boats that can travel in nearly all weathers.

Tourism is very strong in Manly and many visitors to Sydney will catch the ferry around to Manly as a chance to view the Sydney harbour and also to visit the sights offered at Manly. Oceanworld is very popular with tourists and locals alike with regular shows during the day.

Manly beach is a top surfing beach and swimming beach as well. Near the wharf there is calmer water for the littlies to swim and enjoy the bay.

Being on the ocean front, Manly has some great eateries and there are many sporting activities to get involved in. For the locals there are the usual support services and many sporting clubs that get a huge following from the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Manly

1

Wood Street

4.5/5
"Quiet, family friendly street"
-33.805736 151.288413
2

Darley Rd

4/5
"Manly - Sydneys Number 1 Beach"
-33.7983885606 151.2859990212

Unranked Streets in Manly

Golf Parade

4.5/5
"A chillaxed beach side community...getting more groovy all the time!"
-33.7877846919 151.2828024927
"A beautiful Lifestyle"
-33.805111 151.294847

Cove Avenue

4.5/5
"Wonderful family area - near to everything without being too busy."
-33.8038014855 151.2852477004
-33.7892395222 151.284796908

North Steyne

3.5/5
"Beautiful beach, but frenetic location..."
-33.793762 151.286924

Sydney Road

3.5/5
"5 minute walk from the Beach, 20 minutes to the City!"
-33.7970635039 151.286422493
-33.7883140316 151.2826795493

Bower St

0.5/5
"over rated"
-33.8027086552 151.297364456