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Manly is a quiet suburb on the outskirts of Sydney, ideal for surfing, swimming, and long walks on the beach.  Since Mrs. Selfish and I don’t really do any of those things, we decided to make the most of Manly and try the famed Manly Walk.

The walk is roughly 11 kilometers in length if you go to Shelly Beach then Spit Bridge, and can easily take the better part of a day.  It’s also home to some of the more beautiful sights in Manly.

The manly walk starts from where you pick up the ferry and heads through Shelly Beach before looping back.

The cliffs past Shelly Beach were quite epic.  Shortly after the path hit the ruins of an old fort.

Continuing past the harbor, the path continues toward Spit Bridge, winding its way through Manly’s suburbs before hitting the park.

From the park we snagged some views of the harbor as the sun was setting – you get the same route on the ferry, but elevation and weather made it all the more stunning.

If you’re looking to get outside of Sydney, without actually leaving the city I highly recommend the Manly walk. Just take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and make sure to pack a lunch!