Manly Insiders

 audio journeys in place

 inspire your wanderings


The Manly Insiders audio project is made possible with the generous support of the Northern Beaches council.


In recognising the beauty and uniqueness of the Northern Beaches, this project is designed to engage visitors and locals alike through innovative audio imaginings. By weaving narrative and history, culture and place into different stories of Manly, we hope you'll enjoy them as a gateway to the Northern Beaches.


Using locals as narrators, there are four distinct stories to choose from. Each journey includes an MP3 audio file and a map that you can download. If you'd like to wander with our mind or in body.


Just click on the 'more' button and follow the prompts to access the files.

Although these stories are works of fiction, we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible with historical dates and facts. In a few cases though, we've taken some liberties with timelines and landmarks mentioned, simply to help the narrative flow.


Please note, we are not 'techie'-so if you have problems downloading the files, definitely get in touch and we'll try to figure out a way to send them to you via email.

This project is part of a larger platform that we are currently designing (called Rubytales), so if you are a writer or are simply interested in sharing your passion for places (across the world or in your own backyard), please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you and to tell you more about what we are up to. 

Please share this with friends, and send us an email to let us know what you think of this project, we'd love to hear from you.

Finally, we hope that these stories will inspire your own imaginings of this remarkable part of Australia.

Thanks, and happy journeys!!

check out the stories

Young Love

As the 60’s draws to a close, a young boy with dreams of surfing in an ocean blue, expects to spend yet another mundane summer, swimming at the local country pool. 


But when an opportunity to visit an eccentric aunt in Sydney presents itself, little does he know that his life is about to change forever, in a place called Manly.


sample audio

Young Love
00:00 / 00:24

Marietta in Manly

A proxy bride from Southern Italy, whose name means 'of the sea', finds courage as she takes a circuitous walk around Manly.


Discovering a place so different from all she's known, she finally finds  contentment at Shelley Beach, when she touches her future.

sample audio

Marietta In Manly
00:00 / 00:38

 A Tale of Two Towns

Unable to shake off the recent events of 911, a thirty-something New Yorker spontaneously makes her way across Sydney Harbour, by ferry.


As she wanders the streets of a town so different from her 'home', she comes to some life-changing realisations.

sample audio

A Tale of Two Towns
00:00 / 00:35

Mindfully in Manly

When tour guide Sarah finally gets Levi and his big city attitude to Manly, she is surprised how their difficult beginning is transformed, by the laidback beachside beauty of Shelley Beach.


But then she wonders...will she get a tip?

sample audio

Mindfully in Manly
00:00 / 00:41

acknowledgement of country

In the spirit of reconciliation, Manly Insiders acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of all nations across the continent we today call Australia and honour their connections to land, sea and waterways.


We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.

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