Manly and Northern Beaches

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Manly is a small peninsula, bound by Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour National Park, and the Pacific Ocean. It has a diversity of special environments and ecosystems, including North Head, Manly Lagoon, Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, escarpments and Manly Beach.  Manly is renowned globally for its beautiful beaches, scenic walkways, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and wonderful attractions.  Manly is known for combining the best that Sydney’s has to offer with a relaxed village feel. A 30 minutes ferry ride from the inner city, Manly is an oasis and has has everything you need for a unforgettable holiday.

Manly beach is just a 5-minute walk along the Corso from Manly Wharf.  The oceanfront promenade is lined with the iconic Norfolk Island pine trees. This long stretch of beach is a combination of Queenscliff, South Steyne, North Steyne and Manly beaches. Away from the beach, there are plenty of things to see and do including water activities, getting close and personal with marine life, expeditions, tours, museums, markets and sports activities to name a few. For more information visit Local Attractions.

You can explore Manly on foot or bike with plenty of scenic pathways to select from. Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the harbour or the bushland surrounding Fairlight Gardens including it flora and fauna.  Witness the wildlife such as wallabies, bandicoots, possums, quolls, echidnas, as well as a variety of reptiles, amphibians and bird life.  To learn more about the biodiversity and endangered populations, including Little Penguins, Long Nosed Bandicoots, Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub Ecological Community, and the Duffy’s Forest Ecological Community that Manly supports view the Manly Council website.

Walking Tracks surrounding Fairlight Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the harbour and walk down to Manly, 15 – 20 minute stroll from Fairlight Gardens and enjoy the view of the Manly Scenic Walkway  or maybe you would prefer a one of the manly walking tracks:

Cabbage Tree Bay & Shelly Beach Walk

Eastern Hill Heritage Walk

Harbour to Hawkesbury Walking Track

Heart of Manly Heritage Walk

Heritage Plaques Walk

Fairlight Gardens Location

Fairlight Gardens is a 15 minute walk along Lauderdale Avenue or a 20 minutes stroll along the scenic pathway for those who prefer to enjoy the harbour view, fauna and native wildlife.  For those in a hurry you can catch the free Hop Skip Jump community shuttle or bus.  For more information regarding transport from Fairlight Gardens please click here.

Weather and Climate



Average Temperatures


December – January – February
Some summer days may exceed 35°C
Average minimum: 18°C
Average maximum: 26°C


June – July – August
Some winter days may exceed 25°C
Winter nights can fall below 5°C
Average minimum: 8°C
Average maximum: 17°C