Getting Here

Northern Beaches Transport Options

Manly is the gateway to the scenic beauty of the Northern Beaches which runs all the way to stunning Palm Beach. Today, a trip to Sydney is not complete without an excursion to Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches, that is why the Northern Beaches continue to attract more then 8 million visitors per year. People travel from all over Australia and the world, drawn by the many natural attractions, restaurants, stunning beaches, shops and cultural events.

7 Miles from Sydney and 1000 miles from care” – This was the slogan used by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company in 1940 to describe Manly “Australia’s Premier Seaside Resort”.

A short 7 nautical miles via the magnificent waterway of Sydney Harbour is the original and still best way to travel to Manly Wharf. Since 1855 ferries have been servicing this spectacular 30 minute route between Circular Quay and Manly, enticing travellers with fabulous views of Sydney Harbour and surrounds.

The best way to explore the Northern Beaches via public transport is to jump on a bus from Manly Wharf and enjoy the short trip to one of our many seaside destinations.

30 Minutes to Manly by Ferry

Since 1855, Sydney Ferries’ famous Manly Ferry is a “must do” for visitors and makes the 30 minute trip regularly, day and night. Manly Ferry timetables and information about fares, passes and attractions are available from the Sydney Ferries website.
Transport Info Phone: 131 500

17 Minutes by Fast Ferry

Also departing from Manly

Wharf and Pier 2 are high speed ferry services operated by Sydney Fast Ferries and Manly Fast Ferries. Sydney Fast Ferries operates between Manly and Circular Quay from Monday through to Friday in the Morning and returning to service in the afternoon. The journey takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes. Manly Fast Ferry offer an hourly service through the day, to Manly, Monday to Friday, along with extra services on the weekend.

Palm Beach Ferry Service
Palm Beach Ferries provides high speed passenger transport in Sydney and two popular passenger ferry services in the central and northern coasts of New South Wales
– Palm Beach to Wagstaffe and Ettalong on the Central Coast. – Palm Beach to Bennetts, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong and Mackerel Beach

Our daily ferry timetable services starts from early in the morning until early evening and if we need to update our service for any reason, we will send out an SMS alert.
We also offer charters for your own private function or social occasion, view our fleet to find a boat that’s right for you.

Water Taxis

Travel the waterways by water taxi… Below are a few water taxi providers:

  • Manly Water Taxis
  • Peninsula Water Taxis
  • Sydney Water Taxis
  • Yellow Water Taxis
  • Palm Beach Water Taxis

Road Taxis

By road, Manly Warringah Cabs has been servicing the Northern Beaches since 1953.

  • Manly Warringah Cabs

Bus Services

Bus services connect all of the Northern Beaches with the Sydney CBD.
Transport Info Phone: 131 500

  • Visit Sydney Buses for Timetables

Airport Bus Transfer

Travel time to Sydney Airport is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.


You can also drive to the Northern Beaches.

However you make your way to the Northern Beaches, we know your visit won’t be your last!