Little Manly Beach: Gorgeous Kid Friendly Sydney Harbour Beach


little manly beach on a sunny day shark net

Little Manly Beach on a sunny day


Just across the peninsula from world famous surfing mecca Manly Beach, Little Manly Beach is on the Harbour and a completely different beach.

There’s no surf, the views are all of yachts, of the many small peninsulas jutting into the Harbour, and of multi-million dollar mansions.

Little Manly Cove Sydney

There’s a netted area, the bollards are fabulous for leaping into the water from, there’s a rocky headland to explore and – best of all – a great little café right at the beach, selling coffees, drinks and takeaway grub. Perfect!

NB Strictly the proper name for this delightful Sydney beach is Little Manly Cove, but it’s usually known as Little Manly Beach… a very different beach from its iconic surf beach big brother.

Looking north from the shark net. Would love to live right over there!

Little Manly Cove Sydney


Little Manly Beach (or Cove!)

Stuart Street, Manly 2095

Call cafe on 99777104 9am – 2pm

Beachsafe website info here.

You know a beach is top for tots when there’s a toddler-sized toilet in the change block.

Little Manly Cove has a compact beach below the level of the road and a small reserve between the road and the beach. The swimming enclosure takes up half the beach and its shallow waters are generally awash with babies and toddlers.

There is shade on the sand in the mornings and the rocky ledges on the southern end of the beach are good for exploring. The kiosk can provide food and drink, the views over the eastern suburbs and Mosman are provided gratis.

Cafes: Kiosk/cafe is open daily, read more and see photos here

Toilets: Showers, toilets and changing block by the kiosk

Shade: Some on the beach, a little on the reserve. This is an unusual Sydney beach in that it faces west, so it can be very hot in the afternoon.

Playground: Two swings only but Little Manly Point playground is a walk away, up lots of steps

Shark net: Yes

Mum’s report: Great in the mornings and late afternoons, and small enough to let the children wander freely

Extra: Heaps to do in Manly!, read our full post on Manly here.

Parking: Street parking on Stuart Street and a carpark at Little Manly Point Park

Nearest ferry: Manly Wharf is a good 20–30 minute walk away with some hilly streets in between



Little Manly Beach map


Little Manly Cove Sydney

Jumping off the bollards at Little Manly is a teenage rite of passage

Little Manly Cove Sydney



 Are you a harbour beach family or an ocean beach family?

Or do you not care so long as there’s a cafe or kiosk right there?!

Little Manly Cove rock pools

Lovely places to explore at the south end of the beach

Find lovely places to stay in Manly with kids on this post.


Here are some photos of my kids mucking around, they’re all good swimmers and love leaping in and out from the shark net these days.


little manly beach kids jump in from shark net


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Posted on: February 12, 2019

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