Manly is a popular beachside suburb of Sydney in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney; only 11km from the city, it’s within easy reach via the fast ferry which provides a great experience and is a real boon for CBD commuters. Unfortunately, there is no train line out this way. Manly abounds in fantastic bars, bistros and restaurants and the beaches and parks in the area are fabulous. Manly’s Council is very proactive in the area of people with disabilities and there is an active Access and Disability Committee which makes recommendations to Council regarding improving access. Most of the arcades in the area are mobility scooter friendly. One standout feature is the beach wheelchair, which is available at the Manly surf pavilion which enables people with disabilities to get right across the sand and down to the water’s edge. Chris had this to say about his Mobility Scooter: “My disability progressively worsened over time and I got rid of my car three years ago. I didn’t really need it anymore and parking restrictions around here are a real pest. Nowadays, my Mobility Scooter gets me everywhere I want to go- especially my favourite activity on a sunny day- heading off along the Esplanade and down to the Surf Life Saving Club for a nice cold beer.”