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 of varying lengths, from heritage, wildflower or Aboriginal themed walks
The official 7.3 km long Manly Dam circuit walk starts at the car park at the end of King Street or take the 135 or 142 bus from Manly Wharf.
You can either follow the shoreline of the lake that will ultimately connect with the circuit trail, or you can choose to follow the Nature Trail and Wildflower Walk.
These two trails form part of the Manly Dam circuit walk which is marked as Park Circuit Track.
As you continue your walk around the lake, you will reach the wetlands that were artificially created by the damming of the creek. Now they form part of a very important local ecosystem.
Enjoy the little waterfalls and footbridges as you stroll through this picturesque area. You may even spot some of the local residents, such as black swans, swamphens and freshwater fish.
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
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