Deciding between Manly Beach and Byron Bay for your next family beach vacation? While we might have some obvious loyalties, we’re still game for a fair fight. So, here it is – the match you’ve been waiting for!
When aiming for a fun family vacation with the kids, nothing is worse than running out of activities midweek, causing loud protests of boredom, and you to tear your hair out. However, vacations are a time for you to relax as well, and if there’s limited amounts of that going on, you’ll end up back at work as high strung as when you left!
So, what are we looking for in a perfect beach vacation, then?
- Affordable and conveniently located accommodation
- A beautiful beach for you to lounge on, while the kiddies play
- Multiple sightseeing areas and activities to occupy everyone during the day
- Fabulous food at your fingertips
- New places to discover if you’d like a bit of a scenery change from your beach chair.
ROUND ONE: Location, location, location.
Manly Beach is located 1hr by bus/car, or 45m by beautiful ferry ride from Sydney CBD. It’s convenient location gives both a secluded, holiday resort feel while in the heart of Manly, placing it right on the beach, and near many restaurants and shops, as well as being closely located to Sydney City for a more hustle and bustle, sightseeing experience.
Public transport is readily available around Manly and to/from the CBD, consisting of buses, trains and ferries. Many restaurants and activity spots are also located within walking distance!
Byron Bay is located in the far north corner of NSW, and boasts many beautiful beaches. While it’s location hits the mark when it comes to a secluded, beach vacation, it’s seclusion may also be to it’s detriment if a faster paced scenery change is needed. Many restaurants surround the common holiday areas of Byron Bay, as well as national parks and activity related locations as you go further out. However, public transportation is nowhere to be seen, and a car would be required to find your way around.
Round One Winner: Manly Beach.
Check back for the other rounds, and the final score!!