Thursday 20th January 2022

Share Your Snaps 3. 15/51. #LifeThisWeek. 38/2019.

Share Your Snaps 3. 15/51. #LifeThisWeek. 38/2019.

Manly: New South Wales. Australia.

When we moved to live in Sydney in 1959, we were pleased, in retrospect, that Mum and Dad chose to live on the Northern Beaches where Manly was the nearest beach, shopping centre, and starting place for the Manly Ferry to take us to the city. However, this “is” meant to be a sharing the snaps post, so here are many of mine….and I hope you enjoy the selection.

The family home. Not looking like this any more

Manly lies on the land of the Guringai people, the traditional owners of the land. It was given its name by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 when he travelled north of Botany Bay after finding it ‘unsuitable for settlement’.

He initially named the area to the north of the harbor Manly Cove after spotting a group of Aborigines in the area, about who he stated, “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

The men he encountered were from the Kay-ye-my clan – of the Guringai people. As he scouted for fresh water in the area, Phillip met members of this clan and, following a misunderstanding, he was speared in the shoulder. He ordered his men not to retaliate preventing further bloodshed.

People gradually began settling in the Manly area around 1820 and by the 1850s Henry Gilbert Smith, the founder and developer of Manly, had the vision of Manly as a seaside resort.

This information is of interest in terms of Manly’s place in the white settlement of Australia. Always remembering the Aboriginal people who own this land.

Some smaller versions of these pavilions remain at the South Steyne end of Manly Beach.


One of the ferries on its way back from Manly

There was a ditty a long time ago, “7 miles from Sydney and 100 1000 miles from Care” or words to that effect, about a ferry trip to Manly!

Manly itself is a suburb of Sydney and the beach’s long stretch is made up of South Steyne – southern end and on the walkway to Shelly Beach and Fairy Bower, North Steyne is in the middle (where I used to go as a teen) and Queenscliff is at the northern end and where a certain ex Australian prime minister appears in his budgie smugglers far too often for my liking!!

Recently I re-visited Manly itself after being to see my 95 year old Dad in his unit at Dee Why. When I went the next time to Dad’s I showed him the photos and he lingered over them. He told me “in retirement, any morning I was not at golf, I’d come down here. Walk in the surf and the sand from South Steyne to Queenscliff and back. Some days it would be around to Fairy Bower”. I know he would always finish with a coffee!

I will always have a place for Manly in my heart. I now know, of course, how fortunate I was to live near here aged 10 to 20. We had access to it all as day visitors and holiday makers staying at my parents’ house as did our children. Many great memories of Manly.


Have you been to Manly?

I loved sharing these snaps here this week.


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  1. Denyse!

    Thank you for showing me the many faces of Manly. I only seem to get to the beach when we visit. Adding your photos to my memory bank!

    SSG xxx

    • Thanks SSG, I guess that is the case for most visitors. The Corso taking you from the Ferry straight to the beach. The beach next to the wharf is more like the harbour beach you have near your place. Quiet and gentle. Enjoy your Boston trip!

      Denyse x

  2. Lovely photos Denyse. We’ve been to Sydney but didn’t get to Manly.

    • Hi Toni, thanks so much for dropping by AND linking up. I sure hope you enjoy the schools hols with BOTH girls at home. Denyse x

  3. I love share your snaps weeks. I remember when living in Sydney if I ever got ultra stressed I used to catch the ferry across to Manly – it was always the perfect way to clear out the cobwebs. Going over there is like leaving the city behind, so thanks for the memories.

    • Thanks Jo. I am glad I can give you a trip down memory lane to enjoy.

      I know for two of my surgeries when we stayed in Sydney overnight, I went to the Quay and got on a round trip ferry to the Zoo. Best way to see Sydney is from the water. It is a delight to be there always! The traffic and constant re-building, not so much!!

      Denyse x

  4. I love Manly and loved seeing it through your eyes and your stories! What a wonderful place to grow up!

    • Thanks Sammie. The way Manly is laid out is very much for the visitor too. I like how you can step off the ferry, and walk down the Corso and end up on the beach.

      In my day though in 1960s it was a full on street and in fact, I remember learning to reverse park on the Corso!

      Denyse x

  5. Manly looks like a lovely place. Thanks, Denyse, for sharing your snaps and your family connections to Manly.

  6. Manly is very pretty, as is Sydney. As a born and bred Melbourner however, I still love it more here!
    Great images! X

    • Yes, I hear that Sydney can be a bit “show offy”. I visited Melbourne in my active blogging years 2012-2013 and loved the ease of walking around the city and the coffee shops!!

      Denyse x

  7. I too love Manly Denyse! It was a family tradition that when each of our daughters went overseas we would catch the ferry to Manly the day before and enjoy the whole cit/harbour/beach experience. As we live in the Snowy Mountains getting to Sydney is always an experience and we make the most of it! Love your memories and photos, thanks so much!

    • I can understand why it has a special place in your heart.

      I was speaking to Dad about us living here after he had his promotion to move from our family home in Wollongong and he puts it down to a ‘happy’ accident.

      Living closer to Wollongong for family reasons, Dad and Mum thought they’d be getting a south of Sydney house but nothing attracted and Dad was already working up in the Sydney office. A colleague suggested the suburb he lived in, Balgowlah Hts, which was ‘over the Bridge’. And from that moment, we found the unlikely house but was home from 1959 until 2011 when Dad was too lonely and needed an easier place to maintain.

      He would often get the ferry to and from work as his office was at Circular Quay.

      I have done the ferry ride to the Zoo (return) twice before my surgeries then next day, getting my fix of the harbour again!

      Denyse x

  8. I’ve never been to Manly – it looks pretty (a bit like Bunbury where I live) beach, town, fairly quiet, family friendly. All great aspects for a family visit or even better, for a family home.

    • Thanks Leanne. It is pretty and there are many pockets of wonderful views around it.

      Manly is very much a suburb of Sydney and pricey too. It has little pockets where people lived when it was more working class but these places now fetch 2 million +. It has a very interesting geographic position literally being between the Pacific ocean and Sydney harbour.

      In fact, there is a street, The Corso, where visitors can walk off the Manly Ferry and onto this almost car-free zone and end up at the surf.

      Denyse x

  9. Manly was one of the first beaches I visited when I arrived in Australia. Having said that, I do find it a bit touristy. I do enjoy the ferry ride to Manly though. I’ve never actually driven to Manly but I do to Freshwater as I have a friend who lives there. Lovely pics Denyse!

    • It IS very touristy still…in fact even more. I went to what was a mecca for me, Humphries Newsagency – books, Moleskins etc – but very much highly priced too.

      Mum used to get her hair done in Manly – in fact the hairdresser now comes to Dad’s unit at Dee Why to cut his hair! We went to the dentist in Manly. I did courses at Manly evening college. It has changed and it has areas that are highly priced way out of the original Manly people.

      Freshwater Beach was a fave of ours as a family too.

      Thanks for enjoying the pics. On a weekday, it was actually easy to get a park in Manly!

      Denyse x

  10. I have been to Manly. In fact that’s my only ‘overseas’ trip as an adult. Totally counts, right?!

    Gorgeous photos and memories. Time for another overseas trip, methinks.

    • Yes indeed. I hope you got your passport stamped.

      It remains a lovely trip on the Ferry but it seems they are going to eventually replace the current ones with faster and smaller one. Trouble with that? So many people want to go on a ferry in summer time and for once, something going slower is good for us.

      Time will tell I reckon.

      Denyse x