Manly Dam Circuit Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs

7.3 km Circuit

251 m

Moderate track
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 (This walk has changed since these notes were written, the track notes are now somewhat out of date sorry)

Maps for the Manly Dam Circuit Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series 91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER NSW-91303N
Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series 91302N SYDNEY HEADS NSW-91302N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Manly Dam Circuit Walk bushwalking track

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

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 7.3 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


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.


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.


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


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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Manly Dam Circuit Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Manly Dam Circuit Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Manly Dam Circuit Walk walk starts and ends at the Manly Dam South Bank (gps: -33.782543, 151.25565)
Your transport options to Manly Dam South Bank are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. Parking fees apply in the area.
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Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂