MANLY At A Glance
On beautiful Moreton Bay, vessels of all shapes and sizes sit side by side in a marina that holds centre stage in one of Brisbane’s most loved seaside locations. Only 30 minutes from the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Manly is as much a weekend destination as it is a place to call home.
Manly’s relaxed, waterside lifestyle with its extensive dining offerings and aquatic activities.
Make it your Sunday morning ritual when fresh produce market guru Jan Power takes over the Manly Foreshore every fortnight.
The Manly Boat Harbour is said to be the largest facility in the Southern Hemisphere.
Manly may seem like a quiet town during the week, but come the weekend this bayside locale sings a different tune.
Brisbanites descend on Manly to launch their vessels at what is considered to be the largest boating facility in the southern hemisphere. Boats head due east, taking day trips out to nearby Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island and Tangalooma Wreck, where dolphins playfully distract crews from their seafaring adventures.
More than a place to moor boats, Manly Marina also hosts an array of activities from fine dining to waterside yoga. Beyond the marina, pristine water laps against Manly’s foreshore cooling off the sun - drenched path that flows from Manly to Wynnum, and through the heart of Manly Harbour Village – a café and dining hotspot with an array of boutique shopping and galleries.
Little Bayside Park is a hive of activity every weekend. The Manly Creative Markets and the Jan Powers Farmers Market are regular features, whilst the annual Halloween Street parade attracts thousands. In the heat of summer, locals cool off at Wynnum wading pool or sit in the shade of the park soaking up the sea breeze whilst watching the vast array of sails drift by.
Manly attracts a variety of families and established couples who seek a quieter lifestyle in a bayside village. With its proximity to the water and all-embracing community, sailing enthusiasts look to Manly to fulfil their passion for aquatic hobbies.
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With a significant amount of Manly’s coastline dedicated to the marina, the community thrives on all things sailing, with several yacht clubs offering memberships and casual lessons on the art of sailing.
Manly Creative Markets and the popular Jan Power Markets provide the community with fresh produce, tasty treats and locally made goods.
CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
Manly’s restaurants, cafes and yacht clubs offer high-quality dining options with a focus on fresh seafood. Some boast picturesque waterfront views.
Manly is a mixed bag of luxury townhouses, large modern family homes, traditional weatherboard houses and older unit complexes. Unlike other beachfront locations, The Esplanade remains reasonably undeveloped, with a combination of modern apartments, Queenslander architecture and older shacks lining the waterfront stretch.