Manly Beach, one of Australia’s most famous beaches where the first world surfing contest was held in 1964. You’ll find plenty of wonderful things to do and see, from picnics on the promenade to fun and informative tours, including surfing, snorkeling, diving, cycling and walking.

The iconic beach curves from Queenscliff Steyne to North Steyne and South Steyne, where a submerged reef, or bombora, creates waves prized by top surfers. Just south of Manly Beach is Shelly Beach in Cabbage Tree Bay, an aquatic reserve teeming with colorful fish such as blue groper and cuttlefish.

Just north of Manly Beach is gorgeous Freshwater Beach, where Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfboard riding in the summer of 1914-15. Both beaches are National Surfing Reserves and are famous as breeding grounds for world champions such as Barton Lynch and Layne Beachley.

Getting to Manly Beach is easy. Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide across one of the world’s great natural harbors to Manly for a short walk to the beach along the Corso, a lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard. On the Corso and adjacent to the beach is a delicious range of places to eat.

Or buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips and savor them on the soft sand while soaking up the laid-back beach lifestyle and watching surfers gracefully maneuver on the waves. For a two-wheel adventure, explore the spectacular Northern Beaches coastline on a bicycle with Manly Bike Tours and Hire.

On Wednesday, TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards made Manly beach the top spot for the best beaches in Australia.

Top 10 beaches (Australia)

1. Manly Beach — Sydney, NSW

2. Surfers Paradise Beach — Surfers Paradise, QLD

3. Whitehaven Beach — Whitsunday Island, QLD

4. Noosa Main Beach — Noosa, QLD

5. Bondi Beach — Sydney, NSW

6. Four Mile Beach — Port Douglas, QLD

7. Cable Beach — Broome, WA

8. Mooloolaba Beach — Mooloolaba, QLD

9. Burleigh Heads Beach — Burleigh Heads, QLD

10. Turquoise Bay — Exmouth, WA

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