The idea of retiring in Manly might catch some Australians by surprise. It is generally a very young person’s town, which is very much apparent on a busy summer weekend. But it also has many attractions and conveniences that almost any active adult could enjoy. For example there are fabulous surfing and snorkeling beaches on the ocean side, and calmer family type beaches and coves on the Sydney side. You can walk from one side of this peninsula in 10 minutes. The population in 2014 was about 15,000.
Capt. Phillips gave the town its name because of the confidence and manly behaviour of the indigenous inhabitants. Another great thing about Manly is its location on the Sydney Ferry system. Ferries leave constantly from the harbor - half an hour later you arrive in Sydney with connections throughout the area. Photo of the beach courtesy of Wikipedia and