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The Manly Hotel Wharf has excellent accommodation and entertainment facilities at the wharf itself, as well as a vast selection of nearby bars and restaurants, making it ideal for people looking for a drop off point after an evening or afternoon charter before a big night out. The hotel facilities are also useful for guests looking to stay in Sydney Harbour after a party boat hire. This wharf does have disabled access.
Please note that this is not the main ferry wharf. The main Manly Wharf is located just west of the hotel wharf. The Manly suburb itself is a beachside area centred around the titular Manly Cove, that's famous for its relaxed lifestyle. This, coupled with its beaches and its proximity to the CBD (Sydney's Central Business District), has led to it becoming one of the most expensive areas in Australia.
Manly Cove was named by Captain Arthur Phillip, who felt that the indigenous people who lived in the cove formerly held absolute confidence and displayed a manly behaviour. It has been envisioned as a seaside resort in the 1850s by Henry Gilbert Smith, whose dreams were to materialise over the next 100 or so years steadily. By the 19th century, the area had blossomed into one of the most popular resorts in Australia, and it is still incredibly popular today with tourists from around the world.
As a famous seaside resort, Manly has some of the most beautiful beaches in the city, including the vast Manly Beach itself, which is perpetually popular with swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. This is an iconic beach that offers an ocean swimming pool, playgrounds and patrolled surfing areas and it's also wealthy with bars and restaurants, all of which offer delightful views across the South Pacific Ocean.
Manly has plenty to offer besides its glorious beaches though. West along the Fairlight Walk is the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary; a marine life rehabilitation facility that offers tours, activities and even the chance to feed the animals, which include sharks, stingrays and penguins.
Right next door you'll also find the Manly Surf n Slide water park, which is a small but clean and family-friendly water park with several slides and attractions. This area also features the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, which contains several contemporary and early Australians pieces while hosting plenty of creative workshops and events.
A short walk inland is the Manly Oval sports complex, which hosts a popular Christmas Carol event every year and to the east, heading towards the end of the peninsula, there are plenty of historical landmarks to get lost in and a vast expanse of parkland that's very popular with joggers. At the tip of the peninsula is the Fairfax Lookout, which is definitely worth the hike.
The views of the ocean and the rest of Manly here are truly breathtaking, and if you look hard enough, you might even spot a whale or two. Be warned, however, that the walk is quite intense, so bring your walking boots.
Restaurants & Bars
There are hundreds of bars and restaurants to explore in the Manly area, with even the wharf itself boasting a few top establishments, such as the Papi Chulo American grill house, which is built into an authentic beach house with exceptional views and even more exceptional cocktails on the menu.
Hugos, meanwhile, is not only an Italian restaurant offering wood-fired pizzas but is a high-end, trendy nightspot and club with an outdoor terrace that is always heaving at the weekend. The wharf also offers a rustic, Bavarian restaurant, a chocolate bar and the iconic Manly Wharf Hotel itself, which is a famously popular waterfront pub that often hosts live music and is something of a Manly institution.
A short walk across from the wharf area is the 4 Pines Manly microbrewery, a hipster paradise with craft beer, gourmet food and weekly magic nights. Exceptional seasonal seafood is also offered by Garfish Manly and Criniti's, with its exposed brick interiors and mounted Ducati bikes, is a one-of-a-kind Italian eatery serving homemade pasta and pizza by the metre.
All of that and more is what you'll find waiting for you less than a minute's walk from the wharf itself. Venture further, and there's, even more, to explore and enjoy well into the early hours, particularly along Manly Beach, where bars such as the Sugar Lounge and the Daniel San street food bar remain serving on a Friday and Saturday night until well past the witching hour.
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