Wondrous Walkabout – Manly Dam
When: Sunday 9th September 2018
Start / Finish: King Street Entrance to Manly Dam
From: 10 am to approximately 1-2pm to finish of the walk.
Distance : 7.3 KM / 2-3 hrs
Cost: FREE – any extras (food or drink) at your expense.
We live in one of the greatest tourist destinations on Earth. Yet how much of your backyard have you really uncovered? Come with us to admire parts of Sydney that you might have known of, but never got around to exploring.
Join us on this free and active stream an appreciation of the best local spots you never dared to find on your own.
Wondrous Walkabout is Manly Dam
Surrounded by 377 hectares of native bushland, Manly Dam Reserve is known as the largest freshwater lake in Sydney. The lake was created as a result of the damming of Curl Curl Creek (now Manly Creek) with the aim to provide water for the local area.
The Dam itself was constructed in 1892 and had an initial height of 11m. After several increases, the dam wall ultimately reached its current height of 35 meters. In the first half of the 19th century, Manly Dam slowly reached its limits of capacity and pumping from the dam officially stopped in 1933.
The Manly Dam Reserve is now a recreational area with lots of activities to do in and around the lake, such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming, picnicking and even water skiing. It’s also home to a diverse range of plant communities with a great variety of native wildlife.
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