Getting here & around

Photography by: MGA Photography


getting around the manly area


Walking & Cycling

Manly’s main destinations are only a short walk or cycle ride and most are clearly signed. For destinations outside Manly, cycling is a fun and affordable transport option. Cycle maps are available here or from Manly Town Hall, Information Centre at the Wharf or from cycle hire and bike shops. Manly Bike Tours, situated close the wharf, offers hourly and daily rates on both kids and adult bikes, as well as accessories like baby bike seats, tag-a-long additions and kids trailers.


sydney Public buses

Public bus services operate from interchanges on Belgrave Street and West Esplanade (Manly Wharf). These provide regular and efficient services within Manly and beyond.

Key Buses:
199 from
Stand B - West Esplanade gets you from Manly to Palm Beach

Timetable information is
available from


manly public ferry

The famous Manly Ferry provides a picturesque 30-minute ride between Manly Wharf and Circular Quay. This is one of the  most scenic ways to get between Manly and Sydney CBD. If you are lucky, you might spot dolphins, humpback whales or even a seal.

For general information and
trip planning go to Transport
NSW – 131500 or visit:


Manly fast Ferry

The Manly Fast Ferry service operates between Manly and Circular Quay every 20 minutes, seven days a week. This service takes about  18 minutes and operates from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay. Manly Fast Ferries also offers a service to Darling Harbour on weekdays. You can use Opal cards on this service under the OpalPay system or a fast ferry card or the myfastferry app.

For tickets & timetables visit 
or call: (02) 
9583 1199



Opal Card

If you plan on using public transport, the easiest way forward is to buy an Opal card and put some dollars on it. There are adult, child, senior/pensioner and concession cards available from newsagents and small shops. They are available from Humphreys newsagent at The Corso and Manly Wharf. These can be used on state provided transport throughout NSW on buses, trains, ferries and light rail. Opal cards cannot be used on Manly Fast Ferry. You just tap on and off journeys although no tap-off is required for the Manly ferry.

For more info go to


FREE - Hop Skip & Jump Bus

The Hop, Skip & Jump community mini buses run local routes, seven days a week. The bus routes interchange at the Stockland Shopping Centre in Balgowlah and run to Manly, Seaforth, Balgowlah Heights, and North Balgowlah (Monday to Friday only).



To use the Uber you need to download the
app- available for both iOS and Android - and create an account. You must provide your debit or credit card information so you can be charged through the app. To order an Uber, open the app and make sure your location is correct, then choose what type of Uber you want.  At the end of the trip, you don't need to physically pay as all payments are handled by the app.

The last step is rating your driver out of five stars.


Driving on the Beaches

Australians drive on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles have the steering wheel on their right side. Around 70% of Australian cars are automatic transmission. When hiring a car, manual transmission (stick-shift) is generally only offered as an option.


out & about on the Harbour

Doyles at Watsons Bay

Doyles at Watsons Bay

watsons bay

Doyles at Watsons Bay is something of an Australian institution. Take a ferry over, a far more picturesque way to arrive and far shorter than the drive, landing at the wharf with the famous fish and chips destination right there at the wharf. Don’t plan to eat anything for the rest of the day as the portions are more than generous. Take swimmers for an after lunch dip in the water. 

See the Kangaroos at Taronga Zoo

See the Kangaroos at Taronga Zoo

taronga zoo

Children of all ages and adults will simply love a visit to this award-winning zoo on the peninsula. The monkey enclosure and tigers are firm favourites and you can easily spend a day there enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this harbour front site.Delight in the giraffes as they watch your progress and the sea lions as they show off under water. Showcasing thousands of species, from near and far, the zoo has both Australian and global breeding programs.

Photo by: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

Photo by: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

luna park

Thrill seekers will flock to this fun fair with rides and attractions to suit all ages. Coney Island is ideal for youngsters with slides, wonky walks and silly mirrors, while the more adventurous can step onto the Hair Raiser, Devil’s Drop, Moon Ranger or Tumble Bug. The old favourites like the dodgem cars and ferris wheel remain and there is plenty of candy floss and snacks available to keep your energy up.

Cockatoo Island. Photo by Geoff Magee

Cockatoo Island. Photo by Geoff Magee

cockatoo island

Take a ride over the water to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Cockatoo Island and learn more about convict transportation and forced labour used to support European colonial expansion. Events are held regularly and there is even an option to camp overnight.