Avoid the hustle and bustle of Manly and make a special trip down to Clontarf Beach!
Clontarf is perfect for a picnic, barbeque, stroll or dip in the crystal clear water. If you're lucky, you might even spot a starfish (or even a jellyfish)!
No need to leave the dog at home as there is a dog-friendly bay just around the corner (2 min walk). The new café, Sandy Bear, is also more than happy to accommodate pets. You can enjoy a cold drink while they soak up the sun! There is also a canteen behind the beach if you'd like to eat lunch out.
I'd recommend arriving early to find parking and a spot in the shade. If you'd prefer to get public transport you can take the 180/178 from Carrington St in the CBD and get off opposite Balgowlah Boys. From there it's about a 20 min walk down to the beach.