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Little Manly Point Park

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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published January 4th 2015
A recreational park that has free amenties and water views
Scenic walkway recreational park wallking swimming picnics restraunt
Scenic walkway at Manly Point park
If you take the steps from Little Manly beach that leads to Little Manly Point Park,you will discover a lovely park with a very interesting local history.

Steps To Little Manly Point Park
Steps from Little Manly Beach to Little Manly Point Park

At the top of the stairs you will find a paved winding path that runs through the park.Acess is also available from the car park that runs off Stuart st.Parking is free which is unusual in the Manly area.

pathway through Little Manly Point Park
Pathway through Little Manly Point Park

As you walk around Little Manly Point Park, you may be lucky enough to come across some interesting wild life.I spotted a water dragon sunning itself and I was able to get close enough to take this photo. He was certainly not scared of me.

water dragon little Manly Point Park
Water Dragon Sunning itself Little Manly Point Park

You will come across a children's playground and at times dozens of little rabbits scuttering around the park.
As you continue on your walk the path will lead you to areas that overlook the water and you may spot people fishing.
There are barbecues provided in the picnic areas also table and chairs to use for your picnic.

Fisherman Little Manly Point Park
A fisher man Little Manly Point Park

Children's playground
Children's playground Little Manly point park

Manly point has regional significance to its local residents as it was once the site of The Manly Gas Works.I was brought up in the area and as a child was aware of its existance.
As you explore Manly Point Park you will find the history of the Manly Gas Works written up on display boards in various locations.
As you can see from the display of signs the gas works produced gas for manly and surrounds from 1883 to 1964.

History displayed about Manly Gas Works
History displayed about Manly Gas Works

The end of a era came with the closure of the gas works in 1964 and was sold to the goverment in1970.
The site had become too small for the population and was found to be toxic.
The toxic waste was removed from the ground and a new recreation area was opened in 1992.

Manly Gas Works 1883 to 1964
Photo of Manly Gas Works 1883 to 1964 couresty of website of Eastern Hill Heritage Walk

As well as learning the history of this picturesque park, you will find a secluded little beach named Collins Flat.It will come into view as you continue on your walk.You can get there through a nice bush track that leads off the main path.Here you can enjoy sunbacking or swimming with a little more privacy.There are usually some boats moored on the water.

Collins Flat Beach Swimming Boating Walking
Collins Flat Beach

This recreational park has it all and can be a total family experience.
Little Manly Beach is next to it. Little Manly Cafe sits right on the grass overlooking the beach.It is open for breakfast or lunch seven days.
There is a safe swimming area for children.
There is mooring for boats at littlle Manly or Collins flat

Picnic barbecue facilities at Manly Point Park
Picnic and Barbecue Facilities at Manly Point Park

Safe swimming area at little manly beach
Safe swimming area for children at little Manly beach

As mentioned earlier in this article there is also on site parking.There is proviision for disabled parking and there is often people brought in wheel chairs.They can be easily pushed around this scenic park.
The facilities are endless,its a one stop shop with everything going for it.

Disabled parking facilities manly point park
free Parking at Manly Point Park also disabled parking

If you are looking for a day out that has walking,swimming,picnic and barbecues facilities with free parking this is for you.
manly Point Park is a hidden gem that locals love and you will have every amenity at your finger tips without the crowds.
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Why? A great recreational area with all amenties free parking swimming picnic areas swimming water views cafe walks boating family friendly
When: open every day
Phone: 99771540
Where: Little manly stuart st
Cost: free parking and facilities
Your Comment
It is a great place for children; but a real sun-trap so hats, sun block etc and lots of water bottles!! To the left of the swimming enclosure are some great rock pools too. The kiosk building has toilets, and an outdoor shower with a lower spray for the kids to easily wash off sand and salt.
Re the pic of Collins Flat Bay; my daughter's apartment overlooks this, and when I stay over there the view in the early morning peace seems to me to look very much as Sydney Cove must have done when the First Fleet arrived - a V-shape with a stream and high rocky slopes each side - and lots of gum trees... By the way, the building up on the horizon is the Manly Hospital where the new babies are put out in their cribs on the shady verandahs to enjoy the sea air - a lovely idea!! Thanks for all your posts, regards, Jan
by jan.t (score: 0|3) 2398 days ago
I've checked this place out. It's fantastic. Thank you. The cafe is really good value for money. The food is also good. Great spot. The walk way around the park is pretty shady, not much sun at all. There are plenty of nice picnic spots around the park. My kids and I had a nice afternoon.
by elast (score: 1|41) 2382 days ago
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