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We love the history of Manly Cove and we have  put together  some fun facts about Manly.

The Manly Harbour Pool was located in Manly Cove and was constructed in 1931 by the Port Jackson Steamship Company whose slogan was ‘Keep Cool in Manly’s Pool’.

The entire attraction was free and during it’s peak it had over 250,000 visitors come to the pool every year. A famous 335m x 3.5m boardwalk surrounded it, enclosing 13 acres of water. It contained pontoons, the highest slippery dip in Australia, a spinning float, water wheels and an Olympic standard diving tower. It was Manly’s largest man-made attraction and was 3.6 hectares in area

Unfortunately, a severe storm in 1974 destroyed the boardwalk and consequently the pool closed.

Manly Cove in the summer of 1931-32.
Manly Cove in the summer of 1931-32.
The Manly Boardwalk 1959
The Manly Boardwalk 1959
Manly Harbour Pool 1960
Manly Harbour Pool 1960
After the 1974 Storm in Manly Cove
After the 1974 Storm in Manly Cove
Manly Cove 2020
Current image of Manly Cove in 2020

If you are looking for old images and information of Manly and the Northern Beaches?  Have a look at the Northern Beaches Council, History Hub.

If you are wanting to learn more Manly’s history and heritage? The Manly Visitor Information Centre runs a daily 1 hour walking tour. Hear from Manly local guides about the area’s history and heritage on this walking tour.  Learn how Manly got its name, hear about our vibrant surfing history and our historical journey to becoming one of Australia’s best beachside destinations.  Booking is available online or call 9976 1430.