Changes to outdoor exercise
There are currently restrictions on outdoor gatherings and exercise. Please check the greater Sydney restrictions page on the NSW government website for the most up to date information.

Four picnic areas provide a variety of settings, including grassy, lakeside or bushland.

There are a number of tables available for casual use each day. 


There are many tables to choose from and are perfect for family outings, birthday parties or any casual occasion.

Tables are booked from 8am to 5.30pm throughout the year. You are welcome to stay beyond this time in the Summer when the Park stays open until 8.30pm.

To protect the amenity of the Park it is recommended that more than one table is booked for groups larger than 25. 

For enquiries, please email or call 8495 5009.

Please note that a picnic table booking is non-transferable and non-refundable. When leaving picnic areas please place your rubbish in the garbage and recycling bins located in the carparks or take it home with you.

Firewood, when available, is provided for use in the wood-fired barbecues. Rangers make every effort to gather firewood but supply cannot be guaranteed. Visitors are asked to not bring charcoal heat beads into the park. Please note that on TOTAL FIRE BAN days, the use of fire (including wood and/or portable gas) barbecues is prohibited and only the electric barbecues in Section 1 can be used.

Dogs are not permitted in the picnic areas, the internal road, carparks, or the water at any time.


Uncovered Picnic Table
Manly Dam has four picnic areas around the lake, all with bookable tables.
Covered Picnic Table
There are four covered picnic tables that will seat up to 10 people. These include tables 1, 10, 22 and 33 and all four are bookable.

Contact information

Open Space Bookings
8495 5009

Parking information

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

Manly Dam Section 1 Table Map

Picnic Area 1

Section 1 provides an open grassed area by the lakeside and features the War Memorial, children's playground, electric barbecues and swimming access...

Manly Dam Section 2 Table Map

Picnic Area 2

Section 2 provides a smaller more intimate setting, with wood fired barbecues, nestled in the bush directly adjacent to the water.  Note: no ...
Manly Dam Section 3 Table Map

Picnic Area 3

Section 3 is the largest picnic area with a variety of bushland settings, featuring beach like access to the lake, wood fired barbecues and ...

Manly Dam Section 4 Table Map

Picnic Area 4

Section 4  provides a mid-size picnic area with direct access to the park's circuit track. It opens out to the lake, with wood fired barbecues and...