Never heard of Manly? Well we’re going to let you in on a little secret.
While Sydney is naturally often the first city people think of when thinking of Australia, we regularly get students who want to study abroad in Australia, but not in a big city. Instead, they want to find a smaller community to call home during their time abroad.
Enter the quaint beach town of Manly.
Situated less than ten miles from Sydney’s Central Business District, Manly is a top contender for anyone who wants to study abroad in Australia enjoying the benefits of Sydney without the intensity of city life – especially if you’re studying in Hospitality, Tourism, Business, Sport Management, Retail or Real Estate.
10 reasons to study abroad in Manly, Australia:
ICMS – International College of Management, Sydney
Rated as one of the best schools in Australia for hospitality, the International College of Management, Sydney offers the option of combining classes with a part-time internship, so students return with valuable contacts and experience in their field.
It’s hard to escape the main reason people love to call Manly home – the relaxed beach lifestyle is evident the moment you step off the ferry at Manly Wharf. Manly Beach, the gateway to Sydney’s Northern beaches district, flaunts golden sand, palm lined walkways, and protected ocean pools perfect for a relaxing swim.
Rumored to be named for the burly characteristics of the local indigenous peoples, Manly embodies the Australian story with many aspects of the country’s history still visible to this day. The architecture of the buildings on the historic registry, including the ICMS campus buildings, reflect an interesting past, such as Q station – the former home to the quarantine station, where incoming ships would be required to stay offshore for forty days to protect the community from sickness. Now a national park, you can see why many thought it was all worth the wait.
With a backdrop of the meandering golden beach and the undulating sea, Manly cafes can safely boast about having one of the best locations in all of Australia. This area is known for its laid back vibe, and the dining scene continues the trend. Breakfast with a sunrise is worth getting up for!
It’s hard to live in Manly without being/wanting to stay active. Surfing camps, beach volleyball, hiking clubs, scuba, kayaking, horse riding, bush walking…there are options for every speed and skill level. ICMS students also receive access to the local gym too.
Accessibility to the city
Despite being its own serene corner of paradise, Manly is well connected to many other popular Sydney neighborhoods and center of the city. To get to the central business district you can take the public bus across the north suburbs, or our favorite option, the ferry! The Manly ferry cuts your time in half and features some of the best views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Studying in Australia, you must take advantage of the open air markets. Every weekend at the Manly Markets, you can find booths with arts and crafts, fruits and veggies, and lots of other unique bites to delight your taste buds. [Insert: link to manly market place and manly fresh]
When the weather cools down or you’ve had enough of the beach (a crazy thought, we know!), there are some incredible scenic walks to challenge yourself on. Try the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk or Manly to North Head for incredible ocean views you have to see to believe.
If acoustic sets and pop-up concerts are your thing, then you’re going to love Manly. Every night, music fills the streets from the pubs and bars along the wharf to the beach. There is also an annual music festival every May and a huge jazz festival every October.
Host to a thriving community garden, regular beach clean-ups, and a popular Food, Wine and Sustainability Fair, here you can easily support local efforts to reduce your carbon footprint and work toward living a more sustainable lifestyle. Local businesses are regularly encouraged to implement green practices and recognized for their efforts. The area is also home to heaps of eco tours, like Ecotreasures’’ Manly Snorkel Walk and Talk. New vegan restaurants and cafes offering healthy foods are popping up all the time. Check out Bare Naked Bowls (2/41 Market Place) where a percentage of their sales goes to not-for-profits helping orphan children in Nepal and Tanzania or Ora (17B Whistler St) that sources their ingredients locally.
Want to know more about living and studying in Manly? Reach out to the TEAN team so we can discuss how Manly might be the best spot for you.