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Manly scenic walkway

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“Going past areas of bushland and exclusive waterfront houses, this walk is the best way to get a complete 'harbour experience'!”

What’s the prettiest way to get to Manly? Some say catching the Manly ferry, but those in the know will tell you otherwise – it’s the Manly scenic walkway.

Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic walk shows you some of the most picturesque parts of Sydney’s Middle and North Harbours and is part of Sydney's coastal walks.

Follow the shoreline to Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay and Clontarf Beach then enter the Sydney Harbour National Park at Castle Rock. Make your way around Dobroyd Head and don't miss the Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point or the amazing views from Arabanoo lookout. Pass by or take a dip at Reef Beach or Forty Baskets on your way to Manly.

Fancy an ice cream at the Manly Corso after all that effort? Go on, you deserve it.

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Getting there

Getting there:

  • To get there from Spit Bridge, follow Spit Road to the Spit Bridge. The walk starts on the north side of the bridge.
  • To get there from Manly, follow the shoreline to the east of Manly.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Important info

Distance:

9.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • The track detours in places when the tide is high so you don't get wet feet
  • If you're planning to stop for a picnic or swim along the way, try Clontarf Reserve, Forty Baskets Reserve or Reef Beach.
  • Toilet facilities are available at Clontarf, Reef Beach, Forty Baskets Beach and North Harbour Reserve.
  • Dogs aren't allowed on the section of track in Sydney Harbour National Park

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is upgrading the Gap Bluff Headland walking track and viewing platforms in Sydney Harbour National Park from 7 October 2014 to 28 November 2014. The area will be closed for safety reasons during this time. It is anticipated that the work may be completed in early November but progress is dependant upon the weather conditions.
 Previously completed stages of the upgrade included the construction of two viewing platforms and interconnecting walking tracks. The final stage of construction will provide further upgrades to two additional viewing areas and associated walking track.
For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 9337 5511.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 

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Manly Scenic Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan