Manly Beach (NSW 317c) is the most popular being located at the end of the Corso and closest to the ferry terminal. The surf club is located at the very southern end of the beach (Fig. 4.218c), with the walkway continuing around the base of the cliffs to Fairy Bower. Read more
Manly Beach (NSW 317c) is the most popular being located at the end of the Corso and closest to the ferry terminal. The surf club is located at the very southern end of the beach (Fig. 4.218c), with the walkway continuing around the base of the cliffs to Fairy Bower.
Rips dominate the entire beach so it is essential swimmers stay between the flags and avoid the rips, particularly at the northern end. A rock pool is located on the northern rock platform. Waves tend to be a little lower toward Manly, however rips and the efficient Escalator still persists even during lower waves. The rips and high level of beach usage, particularly by tourists, result in an average of 218 rescues each year.
The wide lower gradient surf zone produces good beach breaks the length of the beach, with the best breaks being into the northern rip, and about 150 m south of the surfboat shed. Offshore the Queenscliff bombora only breaks when the surf is above 3 m. When the swell is up, Manly Point has a reasonable right.
Some good gutters can usually be found along the beach, which when the crowds are low, are popular spots. The rocks round to Freshwater give good access to deep rocky water.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.