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There are many options for exploring Sydney harbour. One of the best value options is the Manly Ferry. Departing every 30 minutes from Circular Quay, a one-way trip will cost around $7. The trip takes 30 minutes and is an excellent substitute to the more formal (and costly) harbour cruises. Upon arriving at manly, take a stroll down the manly corso to Manlys famous surf beach. A short walk to the south is the picturesque shelly beach, with stunning vistas throughout.

Where: Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, NSW 2095 and Circular Quay, No. 2 Wharf , Sydney, NSW 2000

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Located in the upper-crust suburb of Vaucluse, Milk Beach is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. Its lush golden sand, clear water and sheer tranquility almost make you feel like you’ve stumbled across a South Pacific island hideaway – except for the stunning views of the distinctive Sydney skyline in the distance. Yes, that is the Harbour Bridge on the horizon.

Pristine and beautiful in equal measure, Milk Beach is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon or two during your Sydney break.

Where: Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

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Nestled on the harbour foreshore in Vaucluse and ringed in by the scenic Nielsen Park, this little gem is a favourite of the locals. And yet, somehow – could it be the name? – Shark Beach has managed to avoid the tourist radar and retain its charming, secluded feel. All the better for you.

Don’t let the name put you off; this beach is shark-protected, offering a netted swimming pool, shady spots perfect for picnicking, and a great vantage point to soak in the harbour views and watch the ferries and yachts pass ahead. Bliss.

Where: Nielson Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Website: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Sydney-Harbour-National-Park/Nielsen-Park/picnic-bbq

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Situated some 28 kilometres from Sydney CBD, Mona Vale offers two for the price of one: it is essentially two separate beaches separated only by a platform of rock.

In addition to its natural beauty, family-friendly Mona Vale Beach boasts sea water pools, a great café and an overall friendly, welcoming vibe. It’s a great beach to choose if you’d like to sample a ‘real’ Sydney beach frequented by warm, friendly Sydneysiders without having to share it with hundreds of tourists.

Where: Mona Vale Beach, Mona Vale, NSW 2103

Website: http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches/beach_locations/mona_vale_beach

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This impressive, expansive bay is situated in Royal National Park, around 50 kilometres south of Sydney, meaning you really do need a car to access it. As soon as you step foot onto its lush sand, however, you will agree that it is worth the trek.

Large, sweeping hills cloaked in rainforest gullies surround the white sand, giving pristine views from the Governor Game lookout. Abounding in surfing, fishing, and bird and whale watching opportunities, Garie Beach merits a day trip at least to fully enjoy all it has to offer.

Where: Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW 2232

Website: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/royal-national-park/garie-beach-picnic-area/picnic-bbq

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Freshwater Beach is Manly’s lesser-known northern neighbour. While it may not rival the famous Corso in the dining stakes, nor Manly Beach in popularity, the aptly-named Freshwater Beach sure comes ahead in beauty and seclusion.
Flanked by headlands at either end, it offers great swimming, body boarding and surfing conditions. In fact, this is the very beach where surfing was introduced to Australia, through Duke Kahanamoku’s demonstration that popularised the sport back in 1915. A historically great place to try out the Sydney surf!

Where: 25 Charles St, Freshwater, NSW 2096

Website: http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/play/freshwater-beach

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Don’t miss out on one of Australia’s best beaches! Manly Beach, a glorious stretch of golden sand, can easily be accessed from Sydney by either bus or ferry. Manly Beach is an excellent place to swim, surf and soak up the sun. The beach, popular amongst both locals and foreigners, is a great place to relax. Besides the beautiful beach, there are dozens of trendy cafes, restaurants and bars in the area and there is something that suits every budget. Next time you feel like a break, head to Manly Beach for a swim, a bite to eat or even just to enjoy the wonderful ocean views. Where: Manly, NSW 2095 Website: www.manlyaustralia.com.au