Anyone who’s ever been to Manly – Sydney’s beachiest suburb – will rave about it. Manly is on a thin stretch of land connecting the mainland to North Head, the last headland of Sydney Harbour before the Pacific Ocean. That means it offers a relaxed harbour beach and one of the world’s best surf beaches – within five minutes walk of each other. That and some fantastic seaside shopping for both locals and visitors.

Despite being so close, Manly feels a world away from the busy Sydney CBD. But before kicking back on the sand or at your favourite bar, you’ll need get to Manly. Driving isn’t a problem as long as you know where to park in Manly.

Below is your guide to finding parking in Manly.

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Key advice for parking in Manly

  • The council car parks are plentiful, but expensive.
  • Street parking is hard to find and expensive, so don’t rely on it.
  • Keen to avoid parking in Manly? Public transport options are local buses and the Manly Ferry.

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Street Parking in Manly

Manly’s street parking situation is mixed. There’s plenty of parking near Manly beach and the town centre, but it’s all timed and all expensive. Pay and display parking in the Northern Beaches Council runs from 6am to 9pm, so it’s cheaper outside those times. The best advice here is to only rely on street parking if you’re in Manly for a quick stay, not long and relaxed visits to Manly Beach.

A note on permits: Local residents can apply to the council for parking permits that let them park free near their house. Its doesn’t guarantee you a spot though, and you could still end up parking a long way from home.

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Northern Beaches Council Car Parks in Manly

Because the only public transport to Manly is the ferry or the bus, the local council has made an effort to cater for drivers. There are multiple car parks operated by the council, along with some private car parks.

Don’t be fooled though – council car parks aren’t a charity and they aren’t cheap. Because Manly is a weekend destination there’s no such thing as a discounted weekend rate, but parking after 7pm is a flat $5 until midnight.

Another point to remember: every council car park has number plate recognition and doesn’t allow you to return to another council car par within three hours.

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Whistler Car Park

Whistler Car Park is the largest council run car park in Manly, found on Whistler Street. There are 313 car spaces, 5 disability bays, and 11 parents with prams bays. It’s open 24/7 Friday to Sunday, but only from 6.30am to midnight Monday to Thursday. Keep an eye out for the GoGet pod here, with a Yaris, Corolla, Sportage, and RAV4.

Manly National Car Park

The Manly National Car Park is found on Central Avenue, and has 212 car spaces, with 4 disability bays. It’s open 24 hours Friday to Sunday, 6.30am to midnight on other days.

Manly National is the only council car park to offer an early bird rate. Enter before 9am then leave before 3pm Monday to Friday and you’ll be charged a flat $21.50.

Peninsula Car Park

The Peninsula Car Park is a large car park on Wentworth Street, with 292 spots and 5 disability bays. It’s open between 6.30am and midnight everyday.

Pacific Waves Car Park

Pacific Waves Car Park is found in the Pacific Waves Building on Central Avenue. It’s smaller than the other three, with just 170 spots and 4 disability bays. It’s open 6.30am to midnight.

Daytime Rates:

The daytime rates for all council car parks in Manly are below. They apply from 6.30am to 7.00pm:

  • 0 – 2 hours: Free
  • 2 – 2 ½ hours: $10
  • 2 ½ – 3 hours: $13
  • 3 – 3 ½ hours: $16
  • 3 ½ – 4 hours: $20
  • 4 – 5 hours: $32
  • 5+ hours: $43

Overnight Rates: $5

Vehicles that stay in the parking stations between 12am and 6.59am are charged an extra $5.

Evening Rate: $5

A flat $5 fee is charged between 7pm and 11.59pm.

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How to not park in Manly

With the cost of parking in Manly, it’s very reasonable to want to avoid it! Manly is a mixed bag for Public Transport, as it doesn’t have train or tram access. Instead, you can catch a bus, or the Manly Ferry.

The Manly Ferry

The hands down prettiest way to get to Manly is by taking the historic Manly Ferry. If you’re travelling from the City, or can get to Circular Quay easily, this is an awesome option. If you’re visiting Sydney from out of town – consider this essential, as it gives you an unrivaled view of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the City Skyline from the water.

You can catch the original Manly Ferry, which takes around half an hour. The other option is the privately operated Manly Fast Ferry, which takes 17 minutes and runs hourly, but costs a few dollars more. Both services can be paid for by Opal card. You can check the timetable ahead of time online, or using the TripView app.

The Manly Ferry on the waters of Sydney Harbour - the Ferry is a great way to avoid having to find parking in Manly

Local bus to Manly

If you’re already on the north side of Sydney Harbour, getting to Circular Quay might be a bit of a detour. In that case, there are several bus routes that could do the trick. Buses run to Manly from the City (routes 151, E70, E71, and 169) from Chatswood (routes 143, 144, and 136), as well as from other areas of the Northern Beaches.

The buses aren’t bad, but not all of them run super late. Use the TripView app to check the timetables ahead of time.

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Don’t let parking put you off!

Most importantly, enjoy your trip! Plan your parking ahead of time and it won’t become a headache. That way you can enjoy your day at Manly, no matter what you get up to.