Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park - known as Manly Dam, is great for picnics by the water, bushland exploring and is popular for mountain biking and water skiing.

The main park entrance gate opens at 7:00AM daily and closes at either 5:30PM (EST) or 8:30PM (DST).

Manly Dam has a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna, including a number of threatened species.  A recent biodiversity project funded by the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program, Northern Beaches Council and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), saw local community group Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee undertake an extensive survey of Manly Dam’s flora and fauna. To see the amazing biodiversity that Manly Dam is home to, check out Members of the community can be a part of ongoing biodiversity monitoring at Manly Dam by recording sightings at

Remembrance Day and Anzac Day ceremonies are held at the Cenotaph, in Section One. 

Pay and Display Parking fees apply at Manly Dam, Northern Beaches permit holders exempted. 

Dogs and related information: 

  • Dogs are not permitted in the picnic areas, internal roads, carparks and the lake (waterbody) at any time.
  • Dogs are permitted on-leash under control on the tracks and trails in the bushland and are not permitted anywhere else in the bushland.
  • Penalties apply.
  • Please be aware that the mountain bike trail and the walking tracks are very well used particularly on weekends and holidays.
  • During fox baiting periods dogs are not permitted at Manly Dam as per signage on-site.
  • Please be mindful that Manly Dam is a Wildlife Protection Area.

Access, maps and information

There are several entry points but vehicle access is via King Street.

Picnic Tables and Events

We have four picnic areas at Manly Dam where you can book a table.

Water Sports

The freshwater lake is great for swimming, water skiing and more.

Manly Dam Bushwalks

The bush surrounding Manly Dam is a special place that includes remnants of Aboriginal camps