Manly events and Zali’s Restaurant specials

If you’re planning on visiting soon, here’s What’s On at Novotel Sydney Manly Beach and around the Manly region in the very near future.

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    An evening with Peter Kuruvita After a sell-out event in 2018, Peter Kuruvita is back for another culinary journey, ‘Flavours of Sri Lanka’.

    Award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and author, Peter is a long-time advocate and voice for sustainable seafood. Well known in Sydney for establishing Flying Fish he is now based in Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort at Noosa Beach House and will be back at Novotel Manly Pacific for one night only!

    Join us for a fabulous evening with Peter and discover the contemporary flavours of his beloved Sri Lanka.

    Enjoy a four course degustation menu, with the emphasis on seafood and a welcome drink.


    Friday 24th May 2019


    Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Zalis Restaurant

    $99 per person

    Price included a four course meal and a welcome drink on arrival.

    Spaces are limited!

    Please contact Emily on 02 8966 7171 or email to reserve your seat.



    Decades as an award-winning chef and restaurateur, Peter has diversified his career to encompass the roles of TV presenter, author, industry speaker and restaurant consultant.

    Peter is well known for his time at Sydney’s iconic Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar which he opened in 2004, and successfully led the kitchen team as Executive Chef for 8 years.

    In 2008, Peter’s love of the Pacific & passion for seafood led to the opening and continued success of Flying Fish at Sheraton Fiji Resort.  This was followed by the opening of Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji with Peter overseeing all food operations for the resort and designing menus for the beautiful open Flying Fish restaurant overlooking the Mamanuca Islands

    Peter’s signature style of fresh quality seafood, stunning ambience and beachside locations can also be experienced in Australia in his hometown at Noosa Beach House with Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort.

    Peter’s childhood experiences cooking with his Grandmother in the traditional kitchen of his ancestral home in Colombo, Sri Lanka inspired his first cookbook “Serendip – My Sri Lankan Kitchen”

    Peter has now presented 4 TV series produced by The Precinct Studios for SBS Television, which air on many networks worldwide.

    His shows combine beautiful scenery with sensational local cuisine

    “My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita”

    “Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita”

    “Mexican Fiesta with Peter Kuruvita”

    “Peter Kuruvita’s Coastal Kitchen”

    To see the latest information on Events, World Expeditions culinary tours of Sri Lanka & Mexico, Cooking classes, and Product range:

  • TASTE OF MANLY - Food & Wine Festival

    Saturday 25 May – Sunday 26 May, 2019

    11.30am - 5.00pm daily

    Manly Beachfront and Manly Corso

    Now in its 33rd year, the Taste of Manly is a major community and tourism event on the Australian event calendar and takes place in the heart of Manly along The Corso and picturesque Manly Beach. Taste of Manly is an open event, running over 2 foodie filled days! Enjoy your pick of over 16 restaurant cuisines and discover mouth-watering experiences with over 15 wine and beer stalls.

    FIND OUT MORE about this family fun event where you can sip wonderful wines and local beers, nibble on delicious foods and listen to great live music right next to one of Australia’s favourite beaches.


    April school holidays are just around the corner, and our friends over at Manly Surf n Slide have the following offer, 2 hours sliding, for the price of 1!

    Available to our guests staying in-house, open from 10AM-5PM during the holidays (closed public holidays).

    Don't let the cooler weather scare you off, the water will be heated to a balmy 23 degrees! For more information about Manly Surf n Slide, check out their website:


    Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas.

    Vivid transforms Sydney into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy - for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world's largest outdoor 'art-gallery': a unique Vivid Sydney experience.

    Vivid is just an 18 minute ferry ride away from Manly Wharf. For more information visit Vivid Sydney


    Whether you are staying with us for the night or a long weekend, my team and I have arranged a whale watching discount for you!

    $50 off on double pass tickets, midweek online promo code: NovotelWeekday

    $25 off on double pass tickets, weekends online promo code: NovotelWeekend
    Manly Ocean Adventures are the only whale watching tour operator to leave from Manly.

    Dont miss out and pre-book your tour here as they only take a max of 21 passengers each trip.

    Enter online code: NovotelWeekday or NovotelWeekend, when booking to receive your discount (yes this is the tour that movie star Will Smith recently went on, that went viral).

    *Departing from Manly Wharf. Whale watching discount is $50 off a double pass mid week and $25 off a double pass weekends. Subject to availability. Whale sightings are guaranteed with customers able to come out again for free, in the unlikely event that no whales were sighted. Conditions Apply. Please enter promo code to pre book. Valid until 20 November 2019.



    Surf – at the Iconic Manly Beach

    Well this is an obvious one, but definitely our number one pick if you are visiting Manly. Be sure to enjoy the sand between your toes and the smell of salty air Manly Beach is known for. Just a short 5minute walk from Manly Wharf… and If you can’t surf, swim!

    Queenscliff to Shelly Beach Bike Ride

    One of the most picturesque bike rides you’ll ever take starting from Queenscliff beach all the way to Shelly Beach. This fun ride will take you along the complete stretch of beach we have right in front of our door step.

    Manly Market Place

    These unique open-air markets showcase emerging designs, fashion, gifts and farmers produce every Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 5pm

    Easy to get to, by ferry, bus or car located just off the Manly Corso.

    For more information visit:

    Manly Art Gallery

    The vibrant and creative cultural hub of the Northern Beaches, Manly Art Gallery and Museum was the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in New South Wales, opening in 1930. The museum has constantly changing exhibitions that are worth a view if you have time while visiting.

    Beach Volleyball

    You don’t have to be a professional volleyball player to enjoy the nets out on the beach. Get friends and family together and make a day of it and play volleyball on the beach.

    Walking Paths

    Another way to explore Manly is by getting lost and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bush tracks and observe the native wildlife. Some of our most spectacular walking trails include:

    • North Head Sanctuary

    • Cabbage Tree Bay Coastal Walk

    • Manly Scenic Walkway

    • Manly Eastern Hill Heritage Walk

    • Manly Heritages Plaques Walk

    • The Heart of Manly Heritage Walk

    For more information about the different walking trails, visit

    North Head Sanctuary

    Hands down one of the most breathtaking views in Manly. If you are game enough to walk it we recommend the hike but if not, there is a car park right on the cliff where you can enjoy views of the ocean to the Sydney CBD.

    Tip: bring along a blanket, some snacks, and a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down.

    Snorkelling at Shelley Beach

    Another way to explore Manly is to go Snorkelling at Shelly Beach. It is a popular destination for most tourist and locals to snorkel as there are lots of to see. During the winter months, Shelly Beach is home to a school of Dusky Whaler Sharks.

    Tip: The most convenient place to begin is Shelly Beach. Follow the reef along the headland or jump in at the boat ramp and swim alongside the walkway.

    See the Penguins

    You might be lucky enough to spot one of our little penguins living in Manly. The population, in a secluded cove in Sydney's North Harbour, is the only breeding colony on the NSW mainland, with the penguins coming in nightly to nest.

    For more information visit

    Fairy Bower Pool

    Located along Marine Parade is the lovely Fairy Bower Pool. It is a unique triangle shape and the sculptures that sit along the rock edge are known as 'The Sea Nymphs' or 'The Oceanides'.


    Every Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

    Located in the laneways of Sydney Road and Market Lane, right in the heart of town, this unique open-air market is one of the top things to do in Manly on weekends. The market showcases emerging designs, fashion, gifts and farmers’ produce. Experience the family friendly atmosphere while you soak up the surrounds of inspiring boutique shops, bars and restaurants.

    Visit the Manly Marketplace website for more information.