There’s so much to Manly, from the awesome coffee shops to the sizzling nightlife, and when it comes to getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors you will not be disappointed.

But, if you don’t know where to start, check out our guide below of 5 FREE things, only Manly can offer:

Manly Beach

The world famous Manly Beach offers over 1.5km of breathtaking white sand, perfect wave sets and stunning views. While away the hours under and an umbrella watching the surfers navigate the sea, or swim in the turquoise water. Manly offers life guide protected flags at either end.

The Walks

There are some incredible walks around Manly, from gentle to more challenging. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city skyline from North Head or spend some time exploring the hidden charms of Manly Dam.

The most popular has to be Spit Bridge to Manly. A 10k walk, that takes you to beautiful secluded beaches and dazzles you with breathtaking views winding down into Manly. End your walk with a cold beer at the Wharf Bar and you’ll understand why some many visitors end up staying for good.

The office

The Office AKA East Esplanade is an absolute must for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Take your swimmers, a blanket and a few beers and then sit back and relax as another hazy summer Manly weekend slips by.

FREE BBQ’s at Shelly Beach.

Free BBQ’ing facilities are one of Australia’s most wonderful offerings. You’ll find them dotted around the country and they are 100% free. The BBQ’s at Shelly Beach could not be situated in a better spot, with Shelly Beach offering incredible marine life be sure to bring your snorkeling gear for a quick dip after lunch.

Local penguins

Manly is home to a colony of Fairy penguins. Every year the little penguins come back to Manly to breed between the months of May and February. They usually return to their burrows under the wharf at sunset. Although the population is small and it’s not guaranteed you’ll see them, it’s totally worth a try, these guys are seriously cute. Join the small gathering of spectators to the right of the Bavarian Beer Cafe just before sunset and with a bit of luck you’ll catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.