Monday, 09 December 2019 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Manly::

The Manly local government area is a unique location, bounded by both an ocean beach and Sydney Harbour.


It is located on Sydney's Northern Beaches - between 8 and 17 kilometres north-east of Sydney. Manly is the administrative centre of the Manly Council local government area which also includes the suburbs of Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf, Fairlight, and Seaforth. 


Manly is named after Manly Cove, which was named by Captain Arthur Phillip, who was impressed by the confident and manly behaviour of the male Aborigines he saw when he first visited the area in January 1788.

About the Area


The local government area is relatively small at only 15.14km2 or 1514ha. The boundary is 37.68km long, of which 32.94km runs alongside a water boundary such as the lagoon, the harbour or the ocean. No part of Manly is more than 1km from either the harbour or the ocean. 


View maps of Manly Community Atlas here 

Geographical Characteristics


The Manly Council area is bounded by the Warringah Council area, Burnt Bridge Creek and Manly Creek in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Sydney Harbour and North Harbour in the south, and Middle Harbour in the west. 




The topography of Manly is characterised by a high ridge running east west along Balgowlah Heights with steep south facing slopes above North Harbour and more moderate slopes to the north. The area plateaux to the west of Balgowlah Heights and Seaforth with a very steep escarpment that drops to the Middle Harbour shoreline.   To the north the area is bounded for the most part by Burnt Bridge Creek, running from the north west end of Seaforth to Manly Lagoon.

Within the boundaries are a diverse range of landforms including bays, beaches, headlands, rugged cliffs, steep slopes and areas of plateaux. The major geological formations in the area are middle triassic Hawkesbury sandstone, overlying the Newport Formation of the Narrabeen group.



Manly has moderate climate with warm summer and mild winter. Temperatures are generally in the mid 20's with clear sunny days common for around a third of the year.The humidity is relatively high due to the proximity of the ocean.  

The warmest months are December to February and the coldest are June to August. Average Temperatures: Summer: 18° - 27° Celsius; Winter: 8° - 17° Celsius; Average Annual Rainfall: 1200mm. 


More information on Sydney’s weather is available at The Bureau of Meteorology Weather Site

Manly’s Natural Environment

Manly has a diversity of special environments and ecosystems, including North Head, Manly Lagoon, Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, escarpments and Manly Ocean Beach to name a few. Within the 47 reserves that are owned and managed by Council, there are 29 hectares of remnant bushland. In addition, within the LGA is 268ha of National Park and 70ha of Crown land. Approximately 90% is degraded to some extent due to human activities (Manly Council 1997). Other areas of remnant bushland occur in roadside reserves and private property.

Flora and Fauna


The fragmentation of natural bushland areas in Manly has reduced the viability of habitat in many bushland reserves to support populations of native fauna. The bushland surrounding Sydney Harbour is known to have once supported a diversity of marsupial fauna including wallabies, bandicoots, possums, quolls and echidnas, as well as a variety of reptiles, amphibians and avifauna.Manly also supports significant biodiversity and endangered populations, including Little Penguins, Long Nosed Bandicoots, Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub Ecological Community, and the Duffy's Forest Ecological Community.

Residential Profile


At the time of the 2006 Census, Manly was the 57th largest local government area in New South Wales, with some 37,112 usual residents or 0.6% of the New South Wales population.The population enumerated (counted) in the Census night of 8 August 2006 was 37,380 persons including overseas visitors representing a decrease of 0.5% or 207 people since 2001. Of this, there were 18,151 males and 19,229 females. 


The Bureau of Statistics estimated resident population (ERP) for Manly as at 30 June 2011 was 40,059 people excluding overseas visitors. 

In 2006, the population density was 26.02 persons per hectare and the median age was 37 years.  There were 103 people that identified themselves as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds or 0.3% of the population.


English is the only language spoken at home for 81.6% of Manly’s residents. This is due to the fact that the majority was being born in Australia (61.6%) or in other English speaking countries (18.3%). The most common languages other than English are Greek, French, Italian, German, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Detailed community profile for Manly LGA is available here.



Manly is not only one of Sydney’s most beautiful areas, it is also one of the most vibrant for entertainment and leisure activities.


The area offers events and attractions that will excite the not-so-young, and the young at heart. During October , enjoy 3 days and nights of sultry rhythms and great food at the world renowned Manly Jazz Festival. Meet sharks up close and personal at Manly Oceanworld, or enjoy the wet and wild action at Manly Waterworks. If you’re after something more chilling, take a famed ghost tour by lamplight at the Quarantine Station. On weekends, the Arts and Crafts Markets offers a relaxed atmosphere to browse and buy an array of local fare and artistic produce.


Manly will satisfy any taste in fun and relaxation, so please read on to find out more.

Q Station Retreat


Scenic Drive, North Head, Manly


Explore, tour, dine and stay! The former North Head Quarantine Station, established in the 1800’s is now a place to stay, relax and enjoy the magic of SydneyHarbour and the wonders of the Australian bush. Q Station Retreat offers 72 beautifully restored heritage accommodation rooms, the Boilerhouse Restaurant next to Quarantine Beach, an amazing theatre show called Defiance, and many interactive day and night tours, including the long running lantern lit Ghost Tour. Family Ghosts tours are also great fun. Tour admissions apply and bookings essential.


Phone: (02) 9466 1500  Fax: (02) 9977 6680 Web:

North Fort Manly


Scenic Drive, North Manly

The fort includes tunnels, fortifications and the artillery museum. Magnificent views of Sydney and the Harbour. BBQ facilities available. Open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm. Admission Fees Apply.


Phone: (02) 9976 6102 Fax: 02 9977 2607

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary


West Esplanade, Manly

Dive into Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary today with interactive shows and guided tours. See huge sharks, turtles, stingrays and the mairne life of Sydney Harbour in our 4.5 million litre Oceanarium. See the world's most venomous snakes and get up close and personal with the variety of reptiles including pythons and a baby croc. Visit our website for details of shark and fish feeding, daily show timetables. Open every day except Xmas day from 10am to 5.30pm. Only a 2 minute walk from Manly Wharf. Admission Fees Apply.


Phone: (02) 8251 7877  Fax: 02 9949 7950 Web: Email:

Manly WaterWorks


Behind Ocean world, West Esplanade Manly.
3 Giant slides. Open school and public holidays and weekends - 10am to 5 pm, and weekdays 3pm - 8pm. October to Easter. Participants must be over 120cms in height. Admission Fees Apply.


Phone (02)  9949 1088

Manly East/ West Cycle Way


A great way to see the area. This track starts at Manly beach and continues around to Seaforth. Approximately 8Km in length one way.

Manly Arts & Craft Markets


Sydney Road and Market Lane

Open every weekend 10am to 5pm except Public Holidays

For more information contact Blue Sky Events on (02) 9315 7011

Manly Village Public School


Cnr of Darley Road and Wentworth St
Markets every third Saturday of the Month

Phone 02 99492351

Manly Library


1 Market Place, Manly
Modern and comprehensive, offering a extensive range of facilities and information.

Phone: (02) 9976 1720 Fax: (02) 9976 1400

Manly Art Gallery & Museum


West Esplanade, Manly (Next to Ocean World Aquarium)
 A public and regional gallery and museum with Australian art, ceramics and local history collections. Interesting features include paintings of Manly, historical photos, contemporary ceramics, swimming costume and beach memorabilia. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm Closed Mondays

Phone: (02) 9976 1420