Once just a quick stop-off on a mandatory tourist trip for your visiting uncle, Manly is coming to its own. The famous Manly Wharf has been getting a facelift for the last few years, with Hugo's and the Bavarian Bier Café providing a delightful nip and tuck - and nearby Ocean World is still old-world treat (we take no guilt in our aquarium love).
The beach is just as pretty as ever - and those bronzed, buffed and well-plucked locals ain't bad looking either. But it's new life on the corso that has Time Out excited: new eateries, new bars and a reborn Steyne Hotel. Yep, the place that was once a Today/Tonight staple for it's very high biff rate is now an awesome, hip and huge pub with our favourite rum bar upstairs.