After reading your response above, I was wondering whether you might be able to help. My husband and I are due to relocate to Sydney by the end of the year and are pondering where to live/settle. One of us will be working in Sydney CBD and the other in parramatta. We were thinking of moving to Manly as we wanted to be near a safe swimming beach and the ferry ride to CBD is so wonderful. We are searching for a beautiful and safe beach suburb with good nursery/schools nearby and a good selection of family residences (houses). We like going out for meals/cooking and would like to have shopping facilities nearby. any ideas?