1. Cool down with a refreshing pale ale at 4 Pines Brewing Company
This brewpub is a local institution with its homegrown beer. Born over a decade ago, 4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly originated from a casual conversation between father and son, post surf, who simply wanted an exceptional beer, but options were limited. It presented the wider family an opportunity to do something together; to build a small brewpub, introduce others to an exceptional beer and brewpub experience they had never seen before, build a little community where all were welcome and make some friends along the way.
This innocent conversation that evolved into a brewpub became the foundation of a lifelong journey with family, friends and the community to restore the fun in people’s lives and forever challenge what the world imagines business should be. 4 Pines Brewing Company are Australia’s leading locally famous and globally celebrated beer company.
2. Catch the sea breeze on the famous Manly Ferry
Beat the traffic heading to Manly Beach, and catch the famous Manly Ferry, which is by far the easiest and most spectacular way to see Sydney Harbour, enroute to one of Sydney’s most iconic seaside villages. On the trip over, the ferry ride gives you the opportunity to experience some of Sydney’s best-known landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison. Since 1855, Sydney Ferries’ famous Manly Ferry is a "must do" for visitors.
3. Snorkel at Cabbage Tree Bay
Cool off by snorkelling in the calm, clear waters off Shelly Beach, Manly. See Australia’s diverse marine wildlife in their natural habitat within the sea grass meadows, sandy bottom, and rocky reefs of protected Cabbage Tree Bay at Aquatic Reserve. Search for endangered species like the famous Blue Groper’s in their natural habitat and discover the Australian coastal culture of Manly.
4. Swim at Fairy Bower rockpool
Located along Marine Parade is the lovely Fairy Bower Pool. It is triangular in shape and the sculptures that sit along the rock edge are known as 'The Sea Nymphs' or 'The Oceanides', were created by Helen Leete. Built by local residents in 1929, Fairy Bower rockpool is one of a number of historic pools cut and blasted along the New South Wales coast as saltwater bathing became popular.
5. Get back to nature this summer with SUP yoga (Flow MOcean)
SUP yoga is Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga; there's no other practice like it. This is nature absolutely showing off and we get to be a part of it! Wear your swimmers, expect to laugh until your abs are sore and to do some asanas in between. This is not about elite yoga, this is just good old fashioned fun. Embrace the imperfections, the splashes and reconnect to what yoga is really about. SUP yoga is about finding new territory, questioning the limitations of the mind and conquering the inevitable fear of falling in. If there was ever a place to fall on your face, certainly it's here. Trust your board to tell you little secrets about your practice. You'll know very quickly if you have a tendency to put more weight on one side or a tendency not to activate your core. Then reap the sweet rewards of your efforts as you float deeply into your savasana with your fingertips in the water listening to the rhythm of the waves lapping under your board.
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