Although Melbourne had beaches as well, Manly could not be more different. The northern beaches (and arguably Sydney) cannot begin to compete with Melbourne's eclectic cultural scene; however the amount of natural beauty and nearby outdoorsy activities here are far superior!
|The Corso, the main strip in Manly|
|Beautiful Manly Beach|
|Looking out to Shelley Beach, my favourite spot in Manly|
|Love this place, reminds me of Greece...|
|Bustling Shelley Beach, a popular spot for diving and snorkeling|
|Water Dragon at Shelley Beach|
Oh, you might be wondering where Manly got its name. They named it after this elderly gentleman:
Okay, I may have made that up. The real story is this: Captain Arthur Phillip, a British Admiral who founded the settlement that became Sydney, was impressed with the behaviour of the local Aboriginals he encountered when he sailed here, which he described as 'manly.' I imagine the area has changed quite a bit since 1788 but judging by the above photo, the legacy of manly behaviour seems to have carried on!