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Beach retreat in Manly holiday homes to rent

Located in the spectacular Northern Beaches region, Manly is a premier beach resort with golden sands, refreshing ocean breezes, and endless opportunities for fun and adventure. Whether you want to explore seaside restaurants and shops or explore the landscape and sea with water sports and outdoor activities, holiday homes to rent in Manly put you in the heart of the action.


Historic sites near Manly holiday rentals

With its rich history of settlement and wars, Manly has a variety of heritage sites that are interesting for history and culture enthusiasts. The Gun Emplacement Tunnels, a military defence site from World War II, and the Barracks Precinct, a prison precinct for the former penal colony, are exciting heritage sites to explore. Vaucluse House, a heritage-listed colonial estate with a museum, tearooms and public park, and the Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery, an art gallery specialising in works from aboriginal artists, are also must-visit destinations.

Things to do

Things to do near Manly holiday homes

Manly has endless opportunities for fun and excitement for the whole family. Some of the best attractions are only minutes from holiday rentals, such as The Corso, a vibrant main street with seaside restaurants and shops, and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, an art gallery with works from contemporary and early Australian artists. You could also visit the Queenscliff Beach, a lively beach known for massive swells for surfing, and North Steyne,a wide shore with great surfing and grassy public areas for recreation.


Sightseeing in and around Manly

Do you want to find attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Manly a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Manly Surf n Slide (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Taronga Zoo (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Long Reef Golf Club (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Bondi Golf Club (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Luna Park (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Bondi Icebergs (6 mi / 9.7 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Manly

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, January, February, March and December are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Manly

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Manly. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bondi Beach (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Store Beach (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Sydney Harbour National Park (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Shelly Beach (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Fairy Bower Beach (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • South Steyne Beach (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)

Best beaches near Manly holiday rentals

Manly offers beautiful, unspoilt coastline and sandy beaches for fun, relaxation, or play. Holiday homes can be found near many of the top spots, such as Manly Beach, a landmark sandy beach for surfing and swimming, and Store Beach, a white-sand beach with a relaxing atmosphere and gentle waters. Little Manly Point Park, a park with a sandy beach, playground and recreation areas, and Delwood Beach, a scenic beach with stunning views of the coastline and water, are also top beaches in the area. For an off-the-beaten-path experience, you can take a kayak out to Smedley’s Point, a hidden gem of an island with cool, clear water, fine sand and beautiful vistas.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Manly

The nearest airport is in Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.), located 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting to Manly holiday homes

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Northern Beaches’, Manly is only a short ferry ride across the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Once there, Manly is a highly walkable area, with many beaches and attractions near the local holiday rentals, giving you the flexibility to explore your surroundings at your own pace. You can also use a hire car, taxi or car service to travel throughout the area.

Food & drink 

Sample regional delicacies in Manly

The restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaway eateries in Manly offer a range of exciting dishes with creative twists that reflect the cultures that have settled on the island. Regional delicacies to try include: witchetty grubs, a nutty-flavoured grub that’s a favourite of indigenous peoples; macadamia nuts; pea and ham soup; beet breakfast biscuits; calamari; lamb; fish and chips; barbecue snags and Balmain bugs, a species of slipper lobster with no claws and delicious meat. Whether you want to discover a new favourite in an authentic Australian eatery or you want to indulge in familiar dishes with a creative culinary twist, you’ll find a variety of restaurants to suit your tastes near holiday homes in Manly.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Manly?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,280 holiday rentals around Manly. From 681 flats & apartments to 479 holiday houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Manly is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Manly?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Manly:

  • Sydney Central Business District: 1,799 holiday homes
  • Collaroy Beach: 30 holiday homes
  • Chatswood CBD: 58 holiday homes
  • Spit Junction: 135 holiday homes
  • Victoria Cross: 66 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Manly?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Manly. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • North Head Quarantine Station: 3,615 holiday rentals
  • Queenscliff Beach: 3,847 holiday rentals
  • Shelly Beach: 3,673 holiday rentals
  • Manly Wharf: 3,718 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Harbour National Park: 3,543 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manly listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Manly?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 681 Condos/Apartments in Manly. Our other popular types of Manly holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 479 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 12 holiday houses
  • Studios: 728 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Manly?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 279 holiday homes with pool available in Manly. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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