About Sydney (Manly)

This three-km (two-mile) stretch of fine-grained sandy beach is possibly Sydney’s most well-known after Bondi. It’s split by name into three sections: Queenscliff at the north end, North Steyne in the the middle, and Manly at the south end. A small surfless cove called Shelly Beach nestles inside the lee of North Head, the big block headland between Manly and Sydney Harbour. Lots of waves along the sand stretch, which is most open to east and NE swell and off-shore/clean in any wind from west to south. Much bigger waves in occasional heavy swells, off Queenscliff Bombie to the north and Winkipop/Fairy Bower to the south.

Source: Sydney (Manly) Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced depending on size

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Crowded, usually a good vibe, but when it's on the locals rule it.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Above average when there is east in the swell, below average when the swell is from the south.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting


Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Clean most of the time

Additional Information


Shallow banks, big rips and crowds.


Beach car park and street parking, both metered and expensive.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sand, rock

Best Season

Fall through winter

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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