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Manly, on a Sunday in Summer, there is so much to see and do in this beach side town in Australia. Beaches close to Manly such as Freshwater and Shelly offer so much for the tourist.
1. Enjoy the Surf Carnivals
The beaches from Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff and Manly all enjoy Surf Life Saving Carnivals over the weekends. On some weekends major surf carnivals are held where clubs come from all over Australia to compete.
2. Enjoy the local food
Support the local Surf Life Saving Clubs, an egg, bacon, sausage sandwich will set you back $6. If this is too big for you, you can opt for a bacon and egg for $5 or just a bacon sandwich for $4. All proceeds go towards helping the club save lives over the busy summer periods.
If a bacon and egg sandwich on a Sunday is not on your list, enjoy more options with a great cup of coffee at the Bower Restaurant.
The Shelly Beach Kiosk, located on the beach has a great take away menu.
3. Enjoy the sculptures along the walk from Manly to Shelly Beach
As you wander along the path you will see many sculptures such as the one above a local surfer surfing the break. See if you can find the penguins, fish, shells, sea dragons and palms.
4. Meet the locals
You may be lucky to come across the water dragons, who come out of their hiding spots to sun themselves on the rocks.
5. Visit the Weekend Markets on the Manly Corso
Every Saturday and Sunday on the Manly Corso the Weekend Market is held. Here you can browse the many stalls offering artwork, jewellery, clothes, food etc.
To Travel Too Tip
If you are in the city, take the Manly Ferry for a spectacular and scenic ferry ride to Manly. Wander through the Corso (pedestrian friendly area) to the main beach and turn right to wander to Shelly Beach. Along the way, there are water bubblers to enjoy all fill up your water container.