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Published August 21st 2012
The Perfect Family Spot - Relax, Ride a Bike, Go Bushwalking
Manly Warringah War Memorial Park also known as Manly Dam is a well hidden treasure that only the locals know about. This perfect family spot has something for everyone. Go mountain bike riding, water skiing, relax by the water or enjoy a quiet picnic or a BBQ with family and friends.
There are several entry points to Manly Dam, however the only car access is through the King Street Entrance (off Condamine Street, Manly Vale). Gates to the entrance open at 7am and close at 5.30pm. You can also enter via Allambie Heights, Frenchs Forest, Manly Vale, North Balgowlah and off the Wakehurst Parkway.
The park has four picnic areas, which can be booked via Warringah Council. The standard booking fee is $45 per table or $65 for a covered table. Check out the Manly Warringah War Memorial Map for locations of picnic tables and BBQs.
The park has great amenities, including disabled facilities, parking areas, wood fired and electric fired BBQs, boat ramps, life saving equipment, bins, taps, power boat area and plenty of grassed areas.
Dogs are not allowed in picnic areas, car parks or on the lake, but area allowed to be walked on bushwalking tracks as long as they are on a leash.
Manly Dam is one of Sydney's largest freshwater lakes and is the home to seven mammals, including possums, bandicoots, bush rats, echidnas and swamp wallabies as well as over 80 species of birds, 27 species of reptiles, turtles and frogs. You will also find over 300 different plants.