Sunday, 5 March 2017


Manly Beach will be the venue for Australia’s rising Olympic hopefuls from three Olympic sports when more than 300 athletes take part in the Australian Open of Surfing from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March and 200 athletes participate in Volleyfest from Friday 17 March to Sunday 26 March 2017.

The Australian Open of Surfing, which includes surfing and skateboarding, will feature Whale Beach’s surfing up-and-comer, Cedar Leigh-Jones who has Olympic Gold in her sights, and skateboarder Poppy Olsen who is determined to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Not only will visitors be able to watch these sports, they can also see Australia and the world’s best volleyball players compete when Volleyfest, Australia’s biggest beach volleyball competition since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, takes place in March.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said Manly was one of the State’s most iconic destinations.

“Manly will host three Olympic disciplines in just four weeks. Visitors and fans will get to watch top athletes in an exciting beach location that offers high quality restaurants, waterfront hotels and a range of visitor attractions. These events offer a great reason to visit NSW and explore Manly,” Ms Chipchase said.

To see the exciting events line-up and plan your trip, go to

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