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Manly's Hidden Gem

Victorian lodge within walking distance of Manly Beach

  • Free WiFi in lobby

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5 Smith Street, Sydney, 2095, NSW, Australia
  • Great location. Lovely old building. Bathroom very cold.

    Jun. 11, 2021

  • The Hidden Gem was a lovely, quaint stay with a close walk to the beach. Parking was…

    Apr. 8, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • gap period enforced between guest stays72 hours
  • Contactless check-in is available

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Dining options

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Kitchenette
    • Non-smoking

    Property highlights

    Main amenities

    • 20 smoke-free guestrooms
    • Weekly housekeeping
    • Near the beach
    • Garden
    • Snack bar/deli
    • Self-serve laundry

    Feel at home

    • Kitchenette
    • Microwave
    • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
    • Free toiletries
    • Garden
    • Laundry facilities

    What’s around

    • In Manly
    • Manly Beach - 6 min walk
    • Manly Wharf - 13 min walk
    • Shelly Beach - 28 min walk
    • North Head Quarantine Station - 41 min walk
    • Warringah Mall - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km

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    Enter dates for 2 guests

    • Studio Apartment - Located on 1st Floor
    • Pet Friendly Double - Double Bed
    • Deluxe 1 Bedroom Apartment
    • 1 Bedroom Cottage House
    • Pet Friendly Trio - Double and Single Bed
    • Executive Studio Apartment - Located on 1st Floor
    • Trio Apartment - Queen and Single Bed
    • Trio Room - Double and Single Bed
    • Private Double Room -Shared Bathroom-Located on 1st Floor
    • Private Twin Room - Shared Bathroom - Located on 1st Floor
    • 2 Bedroom Apartment
    • 1 Bedroom Apartment

    What’s around


    • In Manly
    • Manly Beach - 6 min walk
    • Manly Wharf - 13 min walk
    • Shelly Beach - 28 min walk
    • North Head Quarantine Station - 41 min walk
    • Warringah Mall - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    • Taronga Zoo - 6 mi / 9.7 km
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge - 8.2 mi / 13.1 km
    • Overseas Passenger Terminal - 9.5 mi / 15.2 km
    • Sydney Opera House - 9.6 mi / 15.5 km
    • Circular Quay - 9.9 mi / 15.9 km

    Getting around

    • Sydney Airport (SYD) - 29 min drive
    • Sydney North Sydney Station - 13 min drive
    • Sydney St Leonards Station - 14 min drive
    • Sydney Waverton Station - 14 min drive
    Profile: Manly

    Profile: Manly

    Manly is located 11 miles from Sydney’s business district, and is one of the most popular destinations in the area. Its beaches are the big draw, offering stretches of rock pools, pine trees, and golden sands, as well as some of the best surfing in the country. Shelly Beach is an off-the-beaten track destination that’s a great spot for kayaking or snorkeling, while the Manly ferry will carry you past the striking Sydney Opera House. Every October the area hosts the free Manly International Jazz Festival, which draws music fans from around the world.

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    5 Smith Street, Sydney, 2095, NSW, Australia

    At a glance


    • 20 cabins
    • Arranged over 1 floor


    • Check-in time 2:00 PM-11:00 PM
    • Check-out time is 10 AM
    • Express check-out

    Restrictions related to your trip

    • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

    Special check-in instructions

    The front desk is open during the following times:
    • Friday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests will receive an email with check-in instructions and lockbox information prior to arrival. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance by email or telephone for check-in instructions.

    Required at check-in

    • Credit card required for incidental charges
    • Government-issued photo ID may be required
    • Minimum check-in age is 18


    • No cribs (infant beds)


    • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only)*
    • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply*
    • 1 per room
    • Food and water bowls and off-leash area available
    • Pet sitting services offered


    • Free WiFi in public areas


    • No onsite parking

    Other information

    • Smoke-free property
    *See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

    The manager

    Speaks: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

    At the property

    Food and drink

    • Snack bar/deli


    • Laundry facilities


    • Number of buildings/towers - 3
    • Year Built – 1900
    • Garden
    • Picnic area


    • Accessible bathroom
    • In-room accessibility

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish

    In the cabin

    Home comforts

    • Ceiling fan
    • Iron/ironing board

    Sleep well

    • Blackout drapes/curtains

    Things to enjoy

    • Individually decorated
    • Individually furnished

    Freshen up

    • Shower only
    • Free toiletries
    • Hair dryer

    Food and drink

    • Microwave
    • Kitchenette


    • Weekly housekeeping provided
    • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

    Fees & policies

    Refundable depositPay at property

    • Deposit: AUD 100 per accommodation, per stay

    Optional extras

    • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)
    • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)
    • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2.5 percent

    PetsPay at property

    • Pet deposit: AUD 50 per stay
    • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of AUD 30 per pet, per day
    • Service animals exempt from fees
    • Contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation for details on pet restrictions and to request a pet-friendly room

    Hygiene & cleanliness

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Social distancing measures are in place.

    Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

    Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.


    The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

    This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

    Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

    This property does not have elevators.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and window guards on site.

    Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

    The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

    This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards and cash.

    Also known as

    • Outback Lodge Manly
    • The Outback Lodge Manly
    • Manly's Hidden Gem Lodge
    • Manly's Hidden Gem Manly
    • Manly's Hidden Gem Lodge Manly
    • Outback Lodge
    • Outback Manly

    *See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


    • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
    • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Manly's Hidden Gem.
    • Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 1 per room. There's a charge of AUD 30 per pet, per day, and there's also a deposit of AUD 50 per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees. Dog exercise areas, pet-sitting services, and food and water bowls are available.
    • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
    • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Sushi Waka (4-min walk), Jellyfish (5-min walk), and Beach Salt (5-min walk).
    • No, this lodge doesn't have a casino, but Star Casino (18-min drive) is nearby.
    • Manly's Hidden Gem has a picnic area and a garden.
    • 10.0.Exceptional

      The room was clean and well furnished. A lovely spot to stay not far from the sights of Manly.

      1 night romance trip, Feb. 19, 2021

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    • 10.0.Exceptional

      Lovely comfortable and pleasant stay

      Bernadette, 2 night trip with friends, Nov. 12, 2020

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    • 6.0.Good

      It’s a good cheap option and the staff were super friendly. They mentioned an upgrade to a slightly larger room. While not the properties fault we were placed next to what can only be described as a noisy and violent frat group of idiots under 20... noise until late with doors slamming and a rude 7am wake up from the screams in the room next door. Had hoped for a relaxing night. Not so much.

      Stu, 1 night family trip, Oct. 16, 2020

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    • 10.0.Exceptional

      Loved my stay at this gem of a place - quite, very clean, staff was extremely helpful, will definitely be back and highly recommend - gardens gorgeous, liked the windmill

      Seg, 1 night romance trip, Oct. 11, 2020

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    • 4.0.Fair

      Overall Stay was Disappointing but great location

      We found this stay to be quite disappointing. The owner of the property was very abrupt when we arrived and wasn't very friendly. When we went into our apartment, it wasn't what the pictures showed. It was much smaller and very strict. You were given a set of fees for if things weren't done e.g. $25 charge for if cutlery is not washed prior to exit and $25 if anything is left in the fridge. Although we would respect these rules, we felt they were very strict and wasn't exactly very welcoming or trustworthy of owners. There was no soap in the toilet when the property listed that toiletries were available, this is not very COVID-19 friendly and the main light did not work. The bathroom was very small and nothing like the photos online. However, the location was great and the fact that we were walking distance from Manly was very good. We did not spend much time in the hotel as it was very small so did not end up using the kitchen. We were also worried too due to the strict rules.

      2 night trip, Oct. 2, 2020

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    • 6.0.Good

      It was clean except the bottom sheet had black grit on it as if someone before us had used it and not changed. The blanket would not be even warm enough for a dog bed it would be thrown away if given to the op shop. there was no electric blanket and the heater which we had to leave on all night because of the thin blanket took all the oxygen out of the room. We were glad we were the only ones there as a shared 1 bathroom had the toilet in it and it would be for maybe 4 Rooms. The place was well kept and quiet it was a charming setting. The book in was not explained well as we had trouble getting the code I think that was the fault of last Manly is a great place to go and the accommodation is well placed for transport but take blankets with you if it is the middle of winter as we went then. I was close to the beach in a quiet street.

      Gwenandian, 2 night romance trip, Aug. 4, 2020

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    • 8.0.Very good

      Great place, wonderful location

      The location was great and the apartment was very comfortable and well equipped. I really recommend the place!

      5 night family trip, Jul. 5, 2020

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    • 4.0.Fair

      We booked this accommodation for a quick overnight on a business trip to Sydney. Unfortunately the bed linen appeared to have been previously used with hair on the pillow cases and sheets. There was no milk supplied fir tea as is suggested in the advert. The bathroom while shared was in need of a clean and had water on the floor. The stay is much closer to a Hostel style accommodation and even included the loud partiers arriving at 3;30 am loudly and fighting. There is no on-site reception to discuss the concerns as all access is through remote key code. It was not a horrible stay but we would have chosen elsewhere had we known it was hostel style.

      JWood, 1 night business trip, Jun. 10, 2020

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    • 6.0.Good

      I didn’t realise it was a shared kitchen & bathroom. It was noisy with other guests coming & going until early morning plus the two girls next door came home & would not shut up until I told them to.

      1 night trip, Mar. 14, 2020

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    • 8.0.Very good

      The location was very central, we could walk to the beach, shops, harbour easily. If u drive u will need to pay $20 for parking as there’s no free Street parking. The Staff where extremely helpful, easy going and lovely to deal with.

      1 night romance trip, Mar. 12, 2020

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