Manly: The Sydney suburb where backpackers and millionaires co-exist

Gentrification may have lately taken hold in Manly, one of Australia’s most famous waterfront neighbourhoods, but the suburb still boasts a vibrant mix of residents and visitors, according to those who live and work there.

“You can be down on the beach and to the left of your towel can be a backpacker and to the right of your towel can be someone who owns a $15 million mansion,” says Michael Clarke, who runs a local real-estate agency, Clarke & Humel with his wife, Cherie Humel.


Sydneysiders at Shelly beach in Manly. Photo: Christopher Pearce

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