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Manly Dam

Written By: Kaloy - Jan• 08•11

The _MG_2649area that we now know today as Manly Dam was part of Aboriginal culture housing many native food sites, rock engravings and other archeological finds. This site has been a gathering of native Australians even before the time since the first Europeans has ever set foot on Australia.

During the early days of 1892 when Curl Curl creek was damed, creating the Manly reservoir, originally planed to supply drinking water to the neighboring town of Manly.  This solved the problem of getting fresh water into the town, but in 1909 it was deemed necessary to increase the level of the water table to accommodate the growing population  thus Manly Dam’s walls were raised on the same year. This solution would only last a few decades, and once again the walls were raised two more times on the years 1922 and finally on 1935, were it stands to this day. As the technology improved and advancements in plumbing were available during that time the dam was decommissioned. People started to get there water from as far off as Pymble reservoir. This was not to hold for long as mother nature had other plans for Manly Dam. During the drought of 1934-1942, the people of Manly were forced to reinstall pumps back into the reservoir to keep their families from going thirsty. Once again the waters of Curl Curl creek has come to the rescue. The dams maintenance  continues to this day.

_MG_2642Invited by my cousin Dee I was exited to jump into my very first bush walk. The Dams location is surprisingly close to the city of Sydney just 30 minutes away from the city center. All you have to do is take the number 10 north Condamine St. on Manly Vale and turn left to King’s St. That will get you to the reservoir at the very end of the road.

Entrance is free as well as parking, the dam allows boats and watter skis to be run along certain paths and kayaks on another. Of course swimming is the best attraction to the area, kids and adults alike can enjoy the water as long as they stick to certain areas of the reservoir. There are no life guards on duty so this is a swim at your own risk location.

If the water is not your cup of tea then there are numerous trails available to the average terrestrial guy to the extreme one. The foot path along the circumference of Manly Dam is one example, one challenge our group of first time bush walkers would dare to try out.

The path like any develop trail, was paved with arrows and signs, this however did not stop us from getting lost and walking outside the park to a small suburb on the outskirts of the dam. After a few moments asking questions we got back on track. The rains have come to Sydney recently and they have been alarmingly frequent and strong, thus making the path a bit muddy and slippery. This however just made it more exiting! The walk was designed to be a three hour walk, that will take you from the dam itself to the very source of Curl Curl creek, passing by some very nice Australian bush.

Wildlife is abundant and alive in the area you just have to keep a lookout for them. Manly Dam is home to more than 10 species of water fouls and migrating birds as well as some native Australian mammals and fishes. No wonder we got to pass so many birdwatchers along the way. Over all its a great trip and nice change of pace from city life. Now all I have to do is ride on the bike track!

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