The North Steyne Ocean Swim is a must-do on the ocean swim calendar for its magnificent underwater scenery and marine life you'll enjoy throughout your swim journey.
Starting at North Steyne (middle of Manly Beach) you'll journey into Cabbage Tree Bay Marine Reserve which is home to over 160 species of fish, including the large Blue Groper, the Weedy Seadragon and the Spotted Wobbegong, plus many more beautifully coloured marine life.
This ocean swim has two different swim distances on offer, a 1km ocean swim and a 2.8km ocean swim.
The 2.8km ocean swim starts out in front of North Steyne SLSC in the middle of Manly Beach, heads out through the surf and takes a sharp right turn south. From here you will swim parallel to the beach heading across to Fairy Bower and into the Cabbage Tree Bay Marine Reserve and all the magic that awaits beneath the surface. From here you return to the start-finish line, guided by a line of outer swim buoys.
The 1km ocean swim is the perfect ocean swim if you're not quite up to the 2.8km distance just yet, or if you need a warm-up for the main event. This 1km ocean swim course heads out through the surf for 50m before turning left and heading north. From here you will proceed to round the circuit buoys clockwise back to the start-finish line.
While You're There
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... Right?
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 caviar).
Travel & Parking
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 seaside 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’re feeling lucky, you could take a shot at finding a street park within a block or two.