Spring is here…beautiful sky, warm weather and excellent waves in Manly.  If you’re visiting Sydney and you want to relax, take the fast ferry over to enjoy the Manly Beach area.  You will be in Manly in almost 20 minutes.  By the way, if you find accommodation Sydney to be too expensive, you can easily book accommodation at a Manly hostel.  Needless to say, Manly is also easy to get either by car or by bus.

If you come to Manly, you definitely have to get up for a sunrise on one of the most amazing beaches in the world. You might be lucky to see a whale or dolphin.  Go for a swim, take some surf lessons or just grab a coffee and go for a walk!  Wiggling your toes in the sand is definitely a unique sensation…You will discover heaven: the beach is so large, clean, and there are plenty of facilities for everyone like restrooms, rental shops, volleyball nets, etc. There are also lots of shops and restaurants.  Experience the Aussie cuisine!

Book budget accommodation Sydney and rent a bike!  You can do this from Manly Bike Tours, across the street from the ferry dock.

Manly Arts Festival is almost here…  Book accommodation at a Manly hostel two weeks from now and attend the annual Manly Arts Festival.  It is true that Manly is popular all over the world for its jazz festival, but you should know that the city offers so many cultural events and activities for families, international students, backpackers, residents and visitors throughout the year.

Manly Arts Festival is an event with tradition.  Each year, Manly’s arts and cultural organisations and Manly Council, supported by local businesses, join forces to develop a great program of events for residents and travellers.  This year, we will celebrate 22 years of the Festival.  This is definitely something…

When will the festival take place?  Manly Arts Festival will take place from Friday 18 through to Sunday 27 September 2015.  There will be great and interesting exhibitions, concerts, talks, films and, obviously, creative workshops.  Keep in mind that there will be over 60 exciting cultural events.

Where will the festival take place?  Manly Arts Festival will be officially launched at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum on Friday 18 September, 6 – 8pm.  People who want to attend the artistic events are invited to come on different venues, from creative studios to the own Manly Art Gallery & Museum.  Book accommodation at a Manly hostel and enjoy art!

Do not forget that there is always an event to cater to all interests at Manly!


It is widely known the fact that many Australians celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday (on the first Sunday of September).  As the name perfectly suggests, it is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers (father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians).

When was celebrated the first Father’s Day?

What is there to know about the background of this special day?   Father’s Day was introduced from the United States.  A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother’s Day celebrations and planned a special day to honor fathers early in the 20th century.  It is important to know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.  As you probably know, Father’s Day has become increasingly popular throughout North America and other parts of the world over the years.  Father’s Day is celebrated in June in America and in September in Australia.  In fact, Father’s day is also celebrated on different days in Europe.


What do Australians do on this special day?

If you travel to Australia this time of the year, book accommodation at a Manly hostel and enjoy this special day.  Aussie people generally go out with their families in the park, at the movies, at a zoo.  Moreover, there are family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, or dinners either at home or at restaurants.  In Manly, for example, you have endless possibilities when it comes to having lunch or dinner with your father.  Lunch at Out of Africa is one of the most popular restaurants in Manly due to its unique Moroccan dishes.  If you want to eat pizza, At Hugos represents an excellent choice.  When it comes to beverages, you can settle at Wharf Bar or at Manly’s 4 Pines Brewery.

On this special day, there are also charity events such as contests, runs or purchasing special gifts, to raise money for different causes (prostate cancer, for example).

People show their appreciation for fathers by offering them gifts like food baskets, clothing and equipment for hobbies, or gift vouchers.  Book budget accommodation Sydney by staying at a hostel in Manly (the city of surf)!  You will see that many fathers receive adventures or experiences as Father’s Day gifts.

Go for a walk with your father and visit spectacular places in Manly like North Head Sanctuary, North Head or Manly Sea Life Sanctuary!

You can also plan a special weekend in Manly for your father.   This may include a bike adventure, for example.  Manly bike tours are extremely popular!

One of the reasons you should consider visiting Manly is represented by the festivals held here. It is true that festivals come and go, but there are some great festivals in Manly.


Manly Jazz Festival attracts thousands and thousands of visitors. If you book budget accommodation Sydney, you will discover that this festival has a rich history.  In fact, you will witness one of the best live jazz performances from across Australia and even around the world.  The festival takes place in September and a few days at the start of October.  It is an 11-day celebration of live music in venues across Manly.  Keep in mind that Manly Jazz Festival is the biggest jazz festival in Sydney.


Manly Food Wine and Sustainability Festival is also an extremely popular event. It takes place in the heart of Manly along The Corso and the famous Manly Beach.  The main goal of the festival is to present Manly restaurants and NSW wineries. There will be also live entertainment including music on stage, roving music and, of course, cooking demonstrations.


If you come to Manly in January, do not forget also about Manly Surf Life Saving Carnival!  Book accommodation at a Manly hostel and enjoy the show! More than 20000 people come to Manly to experience this Festival.

Stay tuned and start planning your trip to Manly!  You will be very pleasantly surprised! Life is more adorable in Manly.


It is true that if you are looking for budget accommodation, hostels represent a smart choice. But they are more than that. It is widely known the fact that travellers, international students and backpackers are curious, creative and passionate people. This is the main reason more and more hostels try to permanently make the necessary changes in order to attract more and more clients. How can they do this?

First of all, they have all types of special offers they permanently try to promote online. Secondly, they offer their guests a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There are also common activities like movie evening, dinner cooked by the staff of the hostel, free BBQ, games evening.  The truth is that sunny days are best spent indulging in a BBQ on the terrace.

If you come to Manly Bunkhouse, you will see that our budget accommodation  is a clean, relaxed and friendly environment with a huge common room, commercial kitchen and an outside courtyard and backyard with BBQ amenities. Moreover, our friendly staff will help you get the most of Manly with tips and to do’s for every taste. We even help you finding a job, for those looking for a work experience in Australia. The excellent news is that the French owner, Cathy Carney and her friendly team speak fluent French, Portuguese and Spanish.

More and more hostels try to pay also attention to the design of the rooms.  So many guests appreciate art. This is the main reason the staff of the hotel tries also to add something chic.

If you decide to stay at Manly Bunkhouse, there are some elements you will ADORE.

Manly community is extraordinary.  There are all types of events and celebrations here.  Manly is not only about Manly Beach or surf.  On the contrary, it’s so much more…For instance, next week, on August,18th, we are going to honour the services of those veterans who died in Australia’s longest war at the Vietnam’s Veterans Day Ceremony.  Not too many people know the fact that 2015 marks the 49th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.  Needless to say, this is one of the most famous battles for the Australian Army during the Vietnam war.  Book accommodation at a Manly hostel and join the special event!

Where will the celebration take place?

The National Servicemen’s Association Sydney Northern Beaches Sub-Branch with Manly Council will hold a Vietnam Veteran’s Day Memorial Service on Tuesday 18 August at 11am, in front of the Manly War Memorial, The Corso, Manly.  What happens in case it rains?  If this is the case, the service will be held at St Matthews Church, The Corso, Manly.  If you decide to stay at Manly Bunkhouse, you should know that the hostel is about 10 minutes walk from Manly Town Centre.

Everyone is welcome to attend this commemoration which honours the service of Veterans who fought in Australia’s longest war.

Sydney is famous all over the world for its great festivals and nightlife.  Manly will be the star in the upcoming weeks.  Did you get your ticket to Manly Jazz Festival?  Find the perfect place in Manly for you to enjoy a wonderful long weekend.  The festival takes place from September, 25th to October, 5th!  If this is the first time you attend the event, you will love it.  Your friends will also love it!


Manly Jazz Festival has a great history

It is true that Manly has something for everyone, from travelers, backpackers, international students, families with children.  There is always something to see and do in Manly.  It is great to know that music festivals come and go, but the festival of jazz remains something important even for Sydney.  Believe it or not, Manly Jazz Festival represents the biggest festival in Sydney.  This is definitely something…


This year it is going to be the 38th edition of the festival.  Thousands and thousands of people look for accommodation at a Manly hostel this time of the year in order to attend the festival.  What can be more spectacular than listening to famous musicians and, at the same time, taking advantage of the spectacular scenery (sunny seaside)?


The good news is that the best live jazz performances from across Australia and around the world took place in Manly.   The festival attracts so many people, with different musical tastes.  Manly Jazz Festival includes funk, blues, swing, hard core jazz, something for everyone…There will be multiple stages placed along The Corso and the Manly beachfront: Beachside Arena, John Speight Stage, Sydney Road Stage, Jass Stars of the Future Stage, Manly Plaza Stage, etc.

Over the past few years, many changes took place.  Manly Jazz Festival was initially a three days festival.   Luckily, in the present, the festival has more than tripled the number of days and it became an 11-day celebration of good music.

Start planning your visit to Manly!  It is going to be live music, famous musicians in a spectacular place, near the beach!  Discover a new face of Manly!  You will have the chance to notice that Manly is not only the city of surfing, but also the city of jazz music!  When it comes to booking budget accommodation Sydney, choose between quality accommodation ranging from fully serviced apartments, motels, guesthouses and backpacker establishments.

It is widely known the fact that hostels are extremely popular all over the world especially because of the friendly and relaxed atmosphere they provide.  Staying in a hostel, for example, offers you the chance to make new friends.  For example, the friendly staff from Manly Bunkhouse permanently tries to create group activities for their guests in the common room.  This way, people have the chance to meet, discuss, listen to music, play different games or watch a movie.  Socializing in a relaxed atmosphere is everything when it comes to staying to a Manly hostel.

This week, Mari, our manager is celebrating her birthday. Of course, this needs to be celebrated big!  We had a thematic party, a Mexican night.  Come over the hostel common room and raise your glass together with the team!

Traveling to Australia is a dream came true for so many people.  Celebrating your birthday while you are on vacation here is even more spectacular.  If you want to plan a surprise party for a dear friend, talk to the staff from the hostel!  They will come with a great plan!  Surprise the person you love!  We are here to help you!

Planning an escape in Australia?  You should know that the lucky country has 2 important seasons: the summer season (high season), from Oct, 1st to April, 30th and the winter season (shoulder season) from May, 1st to September, 30th.

One thing is for sure: Australia is amazing, regardless of the season when you decide to come.  International travellers, backpackers, international students, there is something for everyone in Australia.

If you decide to come to Manly (where you can find one of the most popular beaches in the world), we have a surprise for you!  Have you heard about our winter dorm special?  Tell also your friends about it!  BOOK ONE MONTH OR MORE AND PAY ONLY $200/WEEK IN A DORM!  This is definitely something!  Keep in mind that one week bond and payment weekly in advance is required.  Needless to say, you will live by the beach.  Do not forget that the ocean is amazing even during winter.

If you look for Sydney budget accommodation, we provide affordable rates.  Needless to say, our offer suits everyone.  We have mixed dorms, private rooms-twin/double.  The mixed bedrooms have 4 or 6 beds.  They have their own bathroom, kitchenette and lockers.  These bedrooms are only for the international travellers.  The private room is only for 2 people.  We provide towels and free coffee/tea.

It is important to know that for standard rate it is necessary a minimum of 2 nights booking.  Otherwise, one night only will be charged $10 extra in dorm and $30 extra in private room.  Keep in mind also that a higher rate applies within Christmas-New Year.  Needless to say, a payment of 30% of total stay is required to confirm your booking.

It is great to know that all of our rooms have their own shower/toilet and minifridge.  Needless to say, rent includes: fresh linen and towel once a week, unlimited wi-fi, room cleaning.

When it doesn’t rain, you can enjoy a sunny backyard with large outdoor table!  Do not forget also about our little garden with different herbs!  There is also a comfortable Lounge area featuring – big Tv, Foxtel, DVD/Blue -ray player, Playstation, home-theatre and plenty of dvds, books and games (including a brand NEW foosball table).

A Manly hostel provides a friendly atmosphere with minimum costs.  You can also go to Sydney whenever you want.  Remember that Sydney is 15 minutes away from Manly by ferry.  Take advantage of our winter dorm special offer and discover Manly!  You will definitely love it!


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