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Manly to Spit walk makes world top 10 per cent

The 10km coastal trail known by locals as the Spit to Manly walk has been recognised as one of the leading attractions in the world by Tripadvisor as part of their 2023 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The award celebrates businesses and attractions that have consistently received great traveller reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months, placing these winners among the 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor globally.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the accolade is fantastic.

“What locals and visitors already knew has now been confirmed – the Manly Scenic Walkway is unquestionably a walker’s paradise and one of Sydney’s leading visitor attractions”.

“Outside of COVID, 2.6 million people visit the Northern Beaches each year and a huge percentage of them include the harbourside 10-kilometre walk on their itineraries as a must-do when visiting the area.”

“One of the few urban coastal walks in the world which is part of the famed 80km Bondi to Manly trek, the Manly Scenic Walkway traverses through bushland, beaches, majestic viewpoints and even Aboriginal rock engravings. This is a favourite walk for locals and not to be missed by tourists,” Mayor Heins said.

New Dobroyd Boardwalk. Photo Supplied by: National Parks and Wildlife Services

Tripadvisor  Chief Growth Officer John Boris said travel had a huge resurgence in the last year, making the competition tighter than ever.

“The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Earning a Travellers’ Choice Award demonstrates that you have provided great experiences to those who matter most: your guest,” he said.

“With changing expectations, continued labour shortages, and rising costs, this is no easy feat, and I am continually impressed with the hospitality industry’s resilience and ability to adapt. Cheers to another successful year!”

A walk through Manly to Spit. Photo: Destination NSW

Some of the reviews for the walk way include:

If you love to walk around it’s perfect! One of the best walks ever. There is a lot of great places to see and just sit down and enjoy the area….” Janne W, Sweden

“Glad we did it, very interesting trail that provides breathtaking views of the east waterfront. And to top it all, we landed in Manly just before night fall for a well-deserved, sumptuous dinner on the beach. The track is well guided by signs and locals are very friendly in terms of pointing to the right direction if you feel lost. Highly recommended.” Priyaranjan K, Singapore

In March 2023 Tripadvisor  also named Manly Beach as one of the top 25 beaches in the world in their Travellers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best Beaches’ awards.

Want to know more?  Check out Hello Manly’s guide to the walk and all the Tripadvisor reviews.


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