Nude Swim in Sydney Anyone?

Nude Swimming in Sydney

Summer might be coming to an end, but the days are still hot enough for the beach and the water is the perfect temperature for a dip.

But, if you fancy a change from the beautiful Manly Beach, why not make the most of the smaller crowds that we’re seeing at all the beaches across Sydney, and do things a little bit differently?

After all, backpacking is about challenging yourself and pushing your boundaries.

So whether you’re looking for a new challenge or you just fancy getting your kit off, a skinny dip might just be for you.

It’s a great idea to take some friends with you on this adventure. It’s gonna be one you remember forever and you might feel a bit braver with your mates standing by your side, when it comes to stripping off.

Below are 3 great beaches to get naked on (and not get in trouble).

Obelisk Beach – Just across the water from Manly. Obelisk Beach in Mosman is the perfect little spot for a naked dip. It’s secluded enough to feel private and is protected from the hustle and bustle of Sydney Harbour.

Cobblers Beach – This beach is a favorite amongst the regular nudists in Sydney. It’s a beautiful beach and a great spot for snorkeling, just be careful where you look with your goggles on!

Lady Jane Beach – If you are more of an exhibitionist this beach might be for you, as it is often visited by boat loads of tourists, who fancy a quick glance at some naked butts on their way to South Head.

 

Top 5 Bars in Manly

Best bars in Manly

Manly has a great night life, from little bars to big pubs there is something for everyone. Whether you are keen for a few beers after work or a big night out Manly can cater for you.

Check out our top 5 Bars in Manly below:

1) Hotel Steyene – This has to be the favorite for most of the locals and backpackers alike. It’s a big Hotel with a great outdoor area. On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night you’ll find it packed. And, for something a little bit more intimate get in the lift to the top floor where you will find the Moonshine Bar – a great space for live music and a cool roof top terrace.

2) Manly Wharf Hotel – If you want to watch the sun go down in Manly, with a cool beer in your hand this is the spot to do it. The Wharf bar or Wharf over looks (you guessed it) the wharf, and has beautiful water views looking straight out towards Sydney Harbour. They often have guest DJ’s and special nights, so keep an eye on their website for what’s coming up, there’s no doubt it will be a good night.

3) Donny’s Bar – Hidden down a side street Donny’s Bar is small and crowded, but they do serve up a great cocktail. The live music on a Saturday night never disappointed and you’ll find yourself dancing surrounded by Northern Beraches hipsters before you can say flat cap.

4) Hemingway’s – A slightly more chilled vibe to the other options listed above, but Hemingway’s offer an extensive wine list, cute seating area and a great atmosphere.

5) New Brighten Hotel – Another big pub, set over 3 floors with music, food and a roof top bar with day beds, it’s a great choice if you don’t really know what you want. Backpacker night is Tuesday night, where you’ll find cheap drinks, cheesy music and sweaty dancing.

Manly to The Blue Mountains

Explore Day trip

When you’re traveling, you can find yourself staying in the same place for long periods of time.

But being a backpacker isn’t always about drinking and partying, follow your sense of adventure and enjoy a day trip. Manly NSW, is the perfect location for exploring Sydney and the wider area of New South Wales.

This weekend I jumped in the car and headed to the Blue Mountains. It’s the perfect getaway when you need a break from the beach, and the beautiful fresh air is the best solution to city life.

A 2.5 hour drive from Manly, or 3 hours on public transport, the Blue Mountains are easily accessible and well worth the effort of leaving Manly for the day.

Named after the way they look when the light hits the mountains, the area is full of great walks, spectacular views and quiet villages.

By far the biggest draw for most tourists is the 3 Sisters, located just outside Katoomba, this rock formation can be enjoyed from an easy to reach visitor center, but is also the start of some of Australias most famous walks.

Click here or on the image below to find out more about what you’ll find in the Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains
My advice to you, is get up early and make a plan before you go. Do you want to do a challenging walk, or simply enjoy the views and then head straight to one of the cute village pubs in the area? Either way, it’s a great idea to make the most of your time there.

But be warned, the weather can be unpredictable and it’s hard to enjoy the view when all you can see is fog!

 

Top 5 FREE things to do in Manly

You’ve got to admit it, Manly is one of the greatest places on earth!

But, with so much to do, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to making the most of your time here. Don’t worry, as always, we’ve got your back.

Check out our Top 5 Things to do for FREE in this awesome place we call home.

 

There’s no question, the top pick has to go to Manly Beach

The Northern Beaches are second to none when it comes to world-class beaches and Manly has got to be at the top of the list. Less than a 2 minute walk from Manly Backpackers, life doesn’t get much better than this. Obviously there are loads of fun free things you can do at any beach, from digging yourself an impressive hole, to sand wrestling with your mates. But there really is only one thing to do at Manly Beach – sit back, relax in the sun and check out the locals – they really are a beautiful bunch! Oh, and the surf’s pretty good too!

 

Walking is exploring – You can’t beat walking when it comes to exploring somewhere new and the walks around Manly will not disappoint. Check out the incredible view of the city skyline from North Head or enjoy the hidden charms of Manly Dam. But the favorite has to be Spit Bridge to Manly. A 10k walk, that takes you to beautiful secluded beaches and dazzles you with breathtaking views winding down into Manly. The only way to end this walk is with a few celebratory cold ones at Wharf Bar – it’s the perfect way to spend a summers day.

 

Get yourself down to The office
The Office AKA East Esplanade is an absolute must on a lazy Sunday afternoon. All you’ll need is a blanket and a few beers, as you watch the sun set on another hazy summer Manly weekend.

 

Take advantage of the FREE BBQ’s at Shelly Beach.
Free BBQ’ing facilities are one of Australia’s most wonderful offerings. You’ll find them dotted around the country and they are 100% free – just bring your own meat! Whether it’s for a cheeky morning bacon sandwich or an elaborate lunch with friends, you can’t beat cooking up a storm on Shelly Beach.

 

Meet the local penguins
That’s right Manly is home to a colony of Fairy penguins. Every year the little penguins come back to Manly to breed between the months of May and February. They usually return to their burrows under the wharf at sunset. Although the population is small and it’s not guaranteed you’ll see them, it’s totally worth a try, these guys are seriously cute.


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