5 Reasons to get up Early in Manly

Early mornings in Sydney

Backpackers have a reputation of partying until the early hours of the morning, and then sleeping until the late afternoon.

But, when you’re in Manly, there are so many great reasons to break the stereotype and wake up early. Whether it’s the crisp ocean air, the steady hum of joggers on the beach or the smell of freshly brewed coffee  – Manly mornings are calling you.

Check out the 5 awesome reasons below, to get up early when you’re visiting Manly:

1) Sunrise – In Manly the Sunrises over the beach and it’s a beautiful thing. Watch the waves change colour as they roll in and feel the excitement in the air amongst the surfers – another beautiful day is coming!

2) Bold and Beautiful – Every single morning of the year (including Christmas day) at 7am, this dedicated group of swimmers meet and swim from the south end of Manly Beach to Shelley Beach. It’s totally free to join in, and the group can not be any more welcoming. Find out more info on their website. It’s an absolute must for anyone traveling to Manly.

3) Exercise on the Beach – From running to boxing classes, Manly Beach is a hive of activity as soon as the sun rises. And it’s hard not to want to join in when you see everyone on the move.

4) Morning Coffee – Coffee in Australia is a way of life, not just a morning drink. Make the most of the Manly Beach lifestyle and choose not to grab your coffee on the run, but sit down, enjoy some quiet time and soak up your surroundings – after all, that’s what traveling is all about.

5) Yoga – Manly is a hotspot when it comes to yoga classes. With a variety of styles to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find one that suits you. Start your day feeling fresh, relaxed and accomplished with a yoga class.

So what are you waiting for? Set your alarm clock, get an early night and be ready to jump out of bed and start your day the best way possible.

5 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Sydney

Rainy day

Come rain or shine, our love for Sydney is unwavering!

However, even we have to admit, there’s been a lot more rain than shine recently. But, regardless of the whether Sydney really is a place like no other, so grab your raincoat and get out and about – there’s so much to see and after all that’s what backpacking is all about.

If you need a little inspiration on great things to do on a rainy day in Sydney, check out our guide below.

MCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art is right in the heart of Circular Quay, just a 2 minute walk from where the Manly Ferry gets in. Entrance is free, with the option of paid exhibitions as well, it’s totally worth exploring. And, if art really isn’t your thing, head straight to the top floor, where you’ll find an awesome roof top spot for a coffee or a glass of wine with an amazing view.

Opera House Tour – If you’re traveling through Sydney,  Sydney Opera House is a must, and why not take the tour and learn a lot more about the history and purpose of this iconic Opera House. And afterwards, you can enjoy a smug drink in the Opera Bar, safe in the knowledge you know a lot more about it than the locals. Tours run daily and cost approximately $37.

Flip Out – Channel your inner kid and burn some energy. Flip Out is basically a warehouse full of trampolines and it’s flipping AWESOME! There’s one in Brookvale about a 10 minute drive from Manly and we love it.

Grab a coffee – Manly is full of awesome coffee shops which will all happily offer you refuge from the rain. Check out our blog post about hidden coffee shops in Manly and find your favorite.

Go for a swim – Why not? You’re already wet and let’s face it, it’s not exactly cold at the moment. Embrace the rain and jump on in. And, if you don’t fancy the sea the Andrew Boy Charlton swimming pool is in Manly and has loads to offer from an outdoor pool for laps to an indoor shallow play area.

5 Awesome Coffee Shops in Manly

Coffee in Manly

There’s so much more to Manly than hitting the beach.

Yes, yes, Manly Beach is pretty great, but did you know there’s some awesome coffee shops hidden just off the obvious route – all you have to do is explore.

However, with the recent opening of Starbucks on the corner of the main pedestrian walkway, the Corso and the beach, the need to explore, for some, is getting less.

But, if like me, you want more from your experience in a new town than a chain coffee shop and mediocre coffee, this article might just be up your street.

5 off the beaten track coffee shops that are totally worth seeking out in Manly

  1.  Fika Swedish Kitchen – 5b Market Lane – This place is loved by the locals and you’ll most likely have to wait for a table, but I promise you, the wait will be worth it. Keep an eye on their name day celebration, if your name comes up you get a free coffee.
  2. Ruby Lane, Shops 1&2, 200 Pittwater Road – It’s a good 20 minute walk from the heart of Manly, or you can catch any of the busses traveling north up Pittwater Road. With a beautiful covered deck, organic coffee and fresh food, it’s a great place to kill a few hours as you watch the world go by.
  3. Ora – 17B Whistler Street – With a strong ethical theme running through everything they have on offer, Ora is a great place to eat clean and feel good while you do it.
  4. Market Lane Cafe, 37 – 39 The Corso – Considering this cafe is in the center of Manly, it’s surprisingly easy to miss. Hidden down a small lane, they offer great coffee and a vibrant atmosphere.
  5. Showbox, 19 Whistler Street – This trendy little cafe has contributed not only great coffee to the Manly community but also generated a vibrant music scene.