Manly to me is a must see when visiting Sydney. I love the ferry ride from Circular Quay; it is wonderful seeing the sights from the water. Every trip I have taken to Sydney has brought a visit or several to Manly. I must admit I do love taking a ferry anywhere but Manly is my favorite ferry ride.
Manly has that beach town feel with a long Corso full of shopping and food options. The place is always hopping with surfers, beach goers, families, tourists and even the older set enjoying a walk. The buzz of activity makes Manly the perfect place to people watch from the beach, a park bench or an outdoor cafe.
I first brought my wife here in during our 2007 trip (before she was my wife). She loved the beach and the Corso. She said it reminded her of a smaller version of Nice. Since that first trip together; we return to Manly every visit to Sydney.