Manly, Queensland

Brisbane, Queensland

Calm waters of Moreton Bay in Manly looking northeast to Darling Point
Population 3,702 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4179
Area 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 19 km (12 mi) east of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Lytton
Federal Division(s) Bonner
Suburbs around Manly:
Wynnum Wynnum Moreton Bay
Manly West Manly Moreton Bay
Manly West Lota Moreton Bay

Manly is an eastern beachside suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2]


Manly is located approximately 19 km (12 mi) east of the Brisbane central business district. Surrounding suburbs are Wynnum (to the north), Lota to the South and Manly West (to the west). To the east lies Moreton Bay.


Estate map of Manly Beach, 1887

This part of Moreton Bay was occupied by the Aboriginal Mipirimm people. Their lifestyle was semi-nomadic. Increasing contact with the white settlers brought new diseases to the Aborigines including smallpox and tuberculosis which ravaged the indigenous population.

European settlement of the Manly area first took place around 1860. In 1882 land was sold by auction for the Manly Beach Estate, apparently named after Manly, New South Wales beach in Sydney.[2] In 1889 a railway line was opened that provided a direct service to the state capital, Brisbane. By the early 1900s the area had become a popular seaside location.

Manly State School opened on 4 July 1910.[3]

The well-sheltered coastal location of Manly has resulted in it becoming a popular location for boating. In 1958 Manly Boat Harbour was built. Large tidal walls were constructed to the north and south with dredging being undertaken to deepen the harbour. The silt that was recovered in this process was brought ashore and used in the construction of the parks and parking areas around the harbour.

Heritage listings

Manly has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 3,000 dry standings and wet berths, plus two public boat ramps (one at each end of the harbour).

A number of boating clubs are based in Manly including the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, the Wynnum Manly Yacht Club, the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, and the Darling Point Sailing Squadron (which shares space with the Multi-Hull Club of Australia, and the charity for handicapped people known as Sailability).

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Wynnum Manly Yacht Club and Moreton Bay Trailer Boat club have floating marinas, dry boat storage facilities and boat maintenance yards for use by members. There is one commercial marina in the harbour, East Coast Marina, also offering floating berths, undercover boat storage and a boat maintenance yard.

Brisbane Coast Guard (a Flotilla of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association) also has its Flotilla Base in Manly Boat Harbour, at 40 Trafalgar Street, near the harbour entrance. This Flotilla, the largest in Australia, has the Lord Mayor of Brisbane as its Patron. It was formed in 1972 and continues to operate duty rosters every weekend and public holiday, with its emergency services on call 24/7.

Brisbane Coast Guard operates weekends and public holidays. On weekdays, Marine Radio Manly VKQ447 takes over the marine radio watch from 6am through until 9pm. They can be contacted on VHF Channels 73,67 Repeater channels 21 outside the islands, Ch81 in the Northern bay and Ch 82 in the Southern Bay, 27mhz Chs 88 and 90 and HF ch 6215. They also run SROCP and LROCP marine radio licence courses and free Know Your Marine Radio Courses. Future courses will include weather courses, navigation in the shipping lane courses and HF radio courses.

Marine Radio Manly is electronically connected to Coast Guards Mooloolaba, Tin Can Bay and Sandy Straits for transiting vessels. Immediate log on means immediate safety over this long stretch of water from Moreton Bay to Fraser Island.


Over 43% of households in this area consist of couples without children and a further 37% are couples with children.

Stand-alone houses account for 67% of all dwellings in this area, with townhouses accounting for a further 10%. The median house price in Manly for the 2004 calendar year was $510,000.

Federally, the people of Manly are represented by Ross Vasta MP (elected 2010) in the seat of Bonner.

In the 2011 census the population of Manly was 3,702, 50.4% female and 49.6% male.

The median age of the Manly population was 42 years of age, 5 years above the Australian median.

73.1% of people living in Manly were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 6.7%, New Zealand 5.6%, Scotland 0.8%, United States of America 0.7%, Ireland 0.6%.

90.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% French, 0.4% Tagalog, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Cantonese, 0.3% Thai.



Manly railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland.


A number of local bus services operate between Manly and surrounding suburbs, with connections to Brisbane City services in Wynnum.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Manly, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Manly (entry 45509)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. "M". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. "Manly War Memorial (entry 600249)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  5. "Manly Retaining Wall (entry 602039)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  6. "Residence, 150 Kingsley Terrace (c1888) (entry 601904)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
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