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Manly Dam Circuit Walk
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.3 km WNW of Manly
Length: 7.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 7.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam)
Climb: 251 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 251 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This is the main walk around Manly Dam, and is popular for both walkers and bike riders. Prepare for spectacular views from both sides of the dam, along well managed trails. Good spots to break include the picnic areas on King St. Features of this walk include walking the bridge across the top of the dam and the beach on the north side. Watch out for bike riders as this is a shared track. (This walk has changed since these notes were written, the track notes are now somewhat out of date sorry) (open in app)


There are closures in Worimi State Conservation Area
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Manly Dam Circuit Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Manly Dam Circuit Walk
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Manly Dam South Bank
Int of Water Reserve Bushtrack and Nature Trail
Int of Nature Trail and North Balgowlah track
Int of Nature Trail and Wildflower walk
End of King St Picnic Area
Int of Circuit and Curl Curl Tracks
Int of Circuit and Retirement Home Tracks
Int of Roosevelt Rd and Circuit Tracks
Int of Circuit and Southern Cross Servicetrail
Int of Circuit and Nyrang Rd Tracks
Int of King St Circuit Alternative Route and Circuit Track
Manly Dam North Bank
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Water Reserve Bushtrack and Nature Trail

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
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Photo Gallery

 
Manly Dam from the Southern Side
 
Manly Dam from the Southern Side +
 
Passing King St
 
Passing King St +
 
End of King St
 
End of King St +

 
The Manly Dam Circuit is well signposted along the way
 
The Manly Dam Circuit is well signposted along the way +
 
Patersonia sericea
 
Patersonia sericea +
 
One of the many sections of servicetrail
 
One of the many sections of servicetrail +

 
On the wetter sections there is often boardwalk
 
On the wetter sections there is often boardwalk +
 
Manly Dam from the north side
 
Manly Dam from the north side +
 
Manly Dam Bridge
 
Manly Dam Bridge +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Manly Dam Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Manly Dam Circuit Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Manly Dam Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Manly Dam Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 7km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 6km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 890m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 4.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 2.7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 760m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 780m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Manly Dam South Bank
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Manly Dam South Bank
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Manly Dam South Bank to Int of Water Reserve Bushtrack and Nature Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 136 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = 0 m
From the south end of Manly Dam, this walk heads south through the park and crosses King St near the car parking area. The walk follows the bush track up the steps, following the signs 'McComb Hill Track' and 'Nature Trail'. A short way up the hill, the track comes to an intersection signposted as the 'Mc Comb Hill Nature Trail'.

(0.14 km) Int of Water Reserve Bushtrack and Nature Trail to Int of Nature Trail and North Balgowlah track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 923 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 60 m Descent = -37 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads west along the narrow bush track for approximately 100m before passing an intersection of the McComb Hill walk. (This is currently under revegetation and there are signs stating walkers should not take this route.) This walk heads west, passing by the small trails that lead up the hill south (these are not official trails and should be avoided), and climbs a number of rock staircases. Along the way, there are some good views over Manly Dam, and many signs offering information on the flora and fauna. The track passes close to a few cliff edges (due care required). After some time, the walk comes to an intersection marked with a green sign saying 'Balgowlah Track'.

(1.06 km) Int of Nature Trail and North Balgowlah track to End of King St Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 520 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -35 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north, gradually descending along the narrow bush track. There are many informative signposts and some good examples of the flora of the local area. Soon the walk comes to a very clear intersection signposted as the "Nature Trail / Wildflower Walk".
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north along a narrow but well-maintained bush track, until coming to an intersection with a 'Wildflower Walk' signpost. (There is a small track off to the left heading up to Wakehurst Golf Course, ignore this). The walk continues to head north-west along the bush track until coming to an intersection just to the north of the end of the King St and a picnic area.

(1.58 km) End of King St Picnic Area to Int of Circuit and Curl Curl Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.99 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -19 m
Turn left: From the picnic area,this walk heads alongside Manly Dam, following a narrow track with high vegetation on either side. The track crosses several wetter areas, where footbridges have been installed. At the end of Manly Dam, the walk follows the creek further north, past some waterfalls and holes - the smaller waterholes are quite picturesque. The main waterfall is quite sheltered by vegetation and somewhat hidden from the main track. The walk comes to an intersection with a wide management trail.

(3.57 km) Int of Circuit and Curl Curl Tracks to Int of Circuit and Retirement Home Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 755 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -14 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Circuit Track' sign along the management trail, away from Wakehurst Parkway. The trail immediately bends to the right and crosses Manly Creek. Soon, it heads up a small hill and turns back to the south. The walk soon comes to an intersection with another management trail, uphill on the left.

(4.32 km) Int of Circuit and Retirement Home Tracks to Int of Roosevelt Rd and Circuit Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 890 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east along the management trail, passing an intersection with a small track, before coming to an intersection with a track, and an 'Allambie Heights Town Centre' sign[1].

(5.21 km) Int of Roosevelt Rd and Circuit Tracks to Int of Circuit and Southern Cross Servicetrail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 904 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -62 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east along the smaller track, downhill. The track bends to the north-east, making its way around a small inlet. The track crosses some wetter areas on boardwalk bridges, turning back to the south and soon coming to an intersection with another track on the left (that heads up to Southern Cross Way.)

(6.12 km) Int of Circuit and Southern Cross Servicetrail to Int of Circuit and Nyrang Rd Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 320 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the track until reaching an intersection with a management trail, and 'Nyrang Road' signs[2].

(6.44 km) Int of Circuit and Nyrang Rd Tracks to Int of King St Circuit Alternative Route and Circuit Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 572 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads west down the rough management trail, in the opposite direction to the 'Nyrand Road' arrow[3]. After approximately 100m, the trail comes to the beach on Manly Dam. The trail turns left and heads south along the waters' edge, soon joining up with a boardwalk and track. The track then climbs gently away from the water, and comes to an intersection with another track, signposted 'Alternate Track to Picnic Areas via King St'[4].

(7.01 km) Int of King St Circuit Alternative Route and Circuit Track to Manly Dam North Bank
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south, down the track towards the water until reaching the northern end of Manly Dam wall.

(7.11 km) Manly Dam North Bank to Manly Dam South Bank
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 236 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the northern bank of Manly Dam, this walk heads across the top of the dam wall, offering some impressive views of the dam and the parklands from very close to water level. The walk continues to the southern bank of the dam.

Catch the bus from Manly Dam South Bank
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Manly Dam South Bank
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 3.9 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 5.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 6.6 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 6.7 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 6.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Manly Dam Circuit Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Manly Dam Circuit Walk
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
15 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 22 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 32 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 38 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam) In 1892 the CUrl Curl creek was dammed to for a water reservoir for Manly village, over the years the wall was raised till it held 2 mega litres. Now a War Memorial Park it boasts a series of picnic areas along the western shoreline, with children play areas and other facilities. There are also a number of walking and cycling tracks around the lake. The lake is used by powered and unpowered boats, and can be quite busy on hot weekend days.
Region: Sydney & surrounds
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Natalie - Ambiguous directions IP:124.188.249.xxx | 2011-09-14 11:27:06
Manly Dam is a nice place to bushwalk around, with lots of native flora and fauna. We tried to follow the directions on this walk however had great difficulty understanding the sometimes vague directions. eg. instructing us to "go west" at a signposted intersection instead of simply telling us which trail to follow. We also didn't come across many of the signposts that the walk notes advised us we would, and spent quite a lot of time trying to figure things out for ourselves. Perhaps the walk notes were out of date - it'd be a big help to redo this again.
admin - re: Ambiguous directions Super Administrator | 2011-09-14 20:32:21
Natalie wrote:
We tried to follow the directions on this walk however had great difficulty understanding the sometimes vague directions. eg. instructing us to "go west" at a signposted intersection instead of simply telling us which trail to follow.

Hi Natalie
Thanks for the feedback.
Sorry about the notes, they are just over 3 years old and already on my 're-walk' list. I have heard that they have put in a bunch of new signposts about a year ago.
Hope you enjoyed the walk anyway.
Matt :)
Tarn IP:110.142.140.xxx | 2012-01-06 00:06:01
Hi, I really love trail running and was hoping to give this path a go on the weekend. Does anyone know if there are water fountains or taps anywhere along the path (I really hate running with a water bottle).
Thanks
Tarn
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-01-06 00:13:42
Tarn wrote:
Hi, I really love trail running and was hoping to give this path a go on the weekend. Does anyone know if there are water fountains or taps anywhere along the path (I really hate running with a water bottle).
Thanks
Tarn

Hi Tarn
I think there may be some near the start (at the picnic area), but not 100% sure. None on the actual track.
Sorry
Matt :)
dibradbury - lost in manly dam IP:203.217.45.xxx | 2014-07-22 05:54:26
Its a shame that the signage around this
beautiful park is so poor. Come on, we paid $26 parking and ended running through
the balgowlah golf course in heavy rain.
Instead of a lovely 7.3 km walk we ended up doing close to 10. We only made an illegal b line through 2 fairways to short cut the walk. then when we got back to the dam, we had to walk on the road to finish the walk.
Jackie - great walk - poor directions IP:101.191.28.xxx | 2015-07-09 20:30:53
the walk was beautiful. Lots of little waterfalls and views of the dam. Awesome bridge across the dam too. Directions were confusing and not up to date so we got lost and ended up walking through the suburbs using google maps until we accidentally came across signage to get back on the trail. Walk ended up being 11 kms
admin - re: great walk - poor directio Super Administrator | 2015-07-09 22:14:52
Hi Jackie
Thanks for the comment, sorry for the trouble. When we first walked this area there was only a small amount of signage, but it sounds like this have changed a fair bit. I will try to get down there and update the notes.
thanks
Matt :)

Jackie wrote:
the walk was beautiful. Lots of little waterfalls and views of the dam. Awesome bridge across the dam too. Directions were confusing and not up to date so we got lost and ended up walking through the suburbs using google maps until we accidentally came across signage to get back on the trail. Walk ended up being 11 kms
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