Queenscliff is the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, possessed of an offshore “bommie” which can handle waves up to seven metres. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s pro surfers being towed by jet-skis onto towering waves . About 200 metres south of the headland North Steyne Surf Club marks a series of reliable beach breaks for the rest of us mortals, turning into punchy barrels when the tide is low. Queenscliff is effectively the northern fringe of Manly, where Aussie surf culture is well represented by 10 surf gear outlets selling everything from boards to bikinis. Other popular activities on offer include beach volleyball, kayaking and scuba diving. Manly also boasts dozens of restaurants and cafes from fine to fast food and some of the best live music venues along Sydney’s northern peninsula.