Manly Dam (Manly-Warringah War Memorial Park) is an extensive, tranquil bushland valley containing Sydney’s largest freshwater lake created by the damming of Curl Curl creek in 1892.
A popular spot for walking, mountain biking, picnicking, water skiing, swimming and fishing, the Dam also has significant heritage value.
There are many walks available, from heritage, wildflower or Aboriginal themed walks, to long walks and short walks.
Buses to the north and east 142, south 132 and west 169 (see map). From the nearest bus stops to the circular walk and return, add half to one hour to the walking time. Vehicular entry from King St, Manly Vale. Note there are links to this reserve from the coast and from the ‘Harbour to the Hawkesbury’ track.
Distance: Various - Park Circuit Track is 7.3km
Time: Various - Park Circuit Track is 3 hours
Path: Formed track, some obstacles, some steep sections, many steps, sections of the track are shared with mountain bikers
Dogs are not permitted in the picnic areas, the internal road, carparks, or the water at any time.
Dogs, on a leash, may be walked on the bushland tracks which can be accessed at various external (outside of the picnic area) entry points. (see fox baiting notice below)
NOTICE: Maintenance work, involving vegetation cut back, will be undertaken upon fire trails and fire breaks during May 2019. Due to use of large machinery, access may be periodically limited or delayed. Please heed all warning signs.