5 Reasons to Visit Manly on a Sunday

Sculpture on the Surf Swimming Pool on the Shelly Beach Walk

Manly, on a Sunday in Summer, there is so much to see and do in this beach side town in Australia. Beaches close to Manly such as Freshwater and Shelly offer so much for the tourist.

1.  Enjoy the Surf Carnivals

Freshwater Surf Carnival near Manly

Freshwater Surf Carnival

Freshwater Surf Carnival near Manly

Freshwater Surf Carnival


The beaches from Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff and Manly all enjoy Surf Life Saving Carnivals over the weekends.  On some weekends major surf carnivals are held where clubs come from all over Australia to compete.

2.  Enjoy the local food

Sandwich with the lot - supporting the local surf life saving associations around Manly

Sandwich with the lot – supporting the local surf life saving association























Support the local Surf Life Saving Clubs, an egg, bacon, sausage sandwich will set you back $6.  If this is too big for you, you can opt for a bacon and egg for $5 or just a bacon sandwich for $4.  All proceeds go towards helping the club save lives over the busy summer periods.

The Bower Restaurant at Fairy Bower near Manly

The Bower Restaurant at Fairy Bower

If a bacon and egg sandwich on a Sunday is not on your list, enjoy more options with a great cup of coffee at the Bower Restaurant.

Enjoy a coffee from the Shelly Beach Kiosk near Manly

Enjoy a coffee from the Shelly Beach Kiosk























The Shelly Beach Kiosk, located on the beach  has a great take away menu.

3.  Enjoy the sculptures along the walk from Manly to Shelly Beach

Metal sculptures on the Shelly Beach Walk

Metal sculptures on the Shelly Beach Walk

As you wander along the path you will see many sculptures such as the one above a local surfer surfing the break.  See if you can find the penguins, fish, shells, sea dragons and palms.

4.  Meet the locals

Water Dragon

Water Dragon

You may be lucky to come across the water dragons, who come out of their hiding spots to sun themselves on the rocks.

5.  Visit the Weekend Markets on the Manly Corso

Manly Weekend Markets

Manly Weekend Markets

Every Saturday and Sunday on the Manly Corso the Weekend Market is held.  Here you can browse the many stalls offering artwork, jewellery, clothes, food etc.

To Travel Too Tip

If you are in the city, take the Manly Ferry for a spectacular and scenic ferry ride to Manly. Wander through the Corso (pedestrian friendly area) to the main beach and turn right to wander to Shelly Beach.  Along the way, there are water bubblers to enjoy all fill up your water container.



  • Manly seems like an awesome travel destination. Thanks for the practical and useful tips! I fell in love with this place thanks to your pictures. Is summer the best season for visiting it?

  • Sarah says:

    You had me at the egg, bacon and sausage sandwich and for a good cause too. Win -win! Haven’t been to Manly in years, still looks like a fun place to visit 🙂

  • Anda says:

    It seems to me that Manly is quite crowded on Sundays, so I would prefer another day of the week. I would probably miss the Surf Carnivals Manly Weekend Markets if I come during the week, but could spend a quiet time on the beach, or in one of those restaurants.

  • Pooja says:

    I have never visited Manly
    These 5 reasons are compelling me to do so. The water dragons sure look intimidating though. Overall it looks like a fun place.

  • Paula says:

    Looks like an awesome beach city with great food! What more can you ask really? I have never been to Australia yet, but it is always great to read about places there that I have not heard of. This too, looks like it’s a worth to visit. Loved the photos.

  • David says:

    I’ve yet to visit Australia but Manly is definitely on my visit list. The surf festival would be interesting to watch and I’ve not heard of that before. Would rather not meet a water dragon though!

  • I wasn’t aware of this place before but I think it is surely an interesting place that I would love to visit. I love markets and I don’t mind crowds. Hence I would rather prefer visiting Manly on a Sunday.

  • umiko says:

    Although I’m not a big fan of crowd, the surf carnival looks like something that worth to do. A good time to support the Surf Life Saving Club by breakfast on the beach and watching the major surf life club competing. Scouting for sculptures along Manly to Shelly beach will be a fun thing to do as well.

  • Amar Singh says:

    I have Australia on my list and look to visit it next year so surely will try and add Manly on my list of places to visit. I am a sucker for beaches and beach side cafes so ticks my box perfect. Looks like a lively place and a great place to surf as well with surfing festivals in the summer season. Would try the local food as you stated and that’s the best way to enjoy a new country and city. The best beach in Austria yes you sold it to me.

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