North Steyne Beach
The North Steyne ocean swim is fast becoming one of the must-do's on the ocean swim calendar.
The location speaks for itself, but perhaps what is not talked about enough is the magnificent underworld the swim will journey through.
Cabbage Tree Bay marine reserve is the jewel in the swim's crown, with the 2.8km swim heading south towards Fairy Bower and all that awaits beneath the surface. Look out for over 160 species of fish, including the large Blue Groper, the Spotted Wobbegong, and the Weedy Seadragon + many more beautifully coloured marine life.
Once you've completed the swim, which you won't want to end, you can spend the rest of the day talking about how amazing it was with your swimming buddies at one of a number of amazing cafes that adorn the beach and Corso.
Looking for a quick whip around the buoys? A warm up for the 2.8km? or perhaps your first ocean swim? This 1km course suits everyone's needs and heads out through the surf for 50m before turning left/north and then proceeding to round the circuit of buoys clockwise back to the start/finish.
Starting in front of the North Steyne SLSC in the middle of Manly Beach, the swim heads out through the surf and takes a sharp right turn south. Swimming parallel to the beach you head across to Fairy Bower and into the Cabbage Tree Bay marine reserve, before returning to the start-finish via a line of outer swim buoys.
Manly is a world famous surfing beach, and enjoys beginner friendly waves all along the beach. You may have to share them with the locals, but when in Rome...
Apart from the obvious beach attraction, there are loads of bars, cafes and restaurants within a block or two from the golden sandy shores. Take a walk down the corso to see what Manly has to offer, you won't be disappointed. Need some new surf gear? You're in the right spot.
If you crave the best Manly has to offer for your post-swim coffee and sustenance then try Three Beans Cafe for its organic coffee, the locals favourite and retro Showbox Coffee Brewers on Whistler Street or Fika Swedish Kitchen that serves up classic Swedish dishes like knackerbread(crispbread with egg and Kalles cavier).
Manly is a busy place in summer as local, interstate and international tourists make their way in to enjoy a day out in the popular sea side suburb. We suggest making a day of it and catching the ferry to Manly - what a great way to start the day!
If you must drive, get there early. There are two big public car parks located on Central Avenue, one in Whistler Street and one in Wentworth Street. All day pre-paid parking is available in the National Car Park.
If you think of yourself as lucky, you could chance your luck at getting a street park within a block or two.
North Steyne Beach
Manly NSW, Australia