Manly Waterworks has a new name: Manly Surf n Slide.
The place hasn’t changed too much at all, still in the same location and with the same three thrilling slides.
A trip down to the slides is an annual (and often more) trip for myself and the kids. As the big boys grow up, they’ve started to go with their friends too.
We make a big day out of it and loiter around Manly all day, divine!
Manly Surf n Slide: The Details
Address: On the corner of West Esplanade and Commonwealth Parade (just walk all the way to the end of West Esplanade and you will find it just beyond Manly Sea Life Sanctuary)
Phone: 02 9949 6645
Opening hours: Opens 23rd September, open 10am – 5pm in school holidays and then Sat/SDun 10am – 5pm when term starts again
Height: Children must be taller than 110cm to slide. Children aged 10 and under must be supervised on the slides by a person aged over 16 years.
Getting there: By bus or by ferry to Manly Wharf and then walk along West Esplanade, it’s just ten minutes away
Parking: Manly gets so busy in the summer. My aim is always to leave very early and circle like a Manly shark until I find a good spot.
We usually get a 2-hour park on the street, and then try to move the car…. or pray I don’t get a ticket.
The council car parks are also good, but a hike. The car park under the building on the corner of West Esplanade and Belgrave Street, entrance off Gilbert Street, is handy and worth the cost.
Manly Surf n Slide works for mums, dads and carers as well as the kids because it has a very shady sitting area, with benches and tables. So if we oldies are too lazy to slide, and the kids are all over 10 years old, we can sit and relax.
Don’t the words ‘sit’ and ‘relax’ sound odd in the context of parenthood?
Things We Love
* The cafe right alongside
* the wonderful views
* the thrilling slides
* the fact that it works for kids of all ages
The kids are always starving after a few hours of sliding. Our routine is to go along to Manly Wharf, eat something nutritious and filling (fish and chips, ice cream) and then muck about on the beach until it’s time to go home to bed.
And all this on a lovely warm, blue sky, Sydney summer day…. say no more….
More Great Sydney Water Slides
There are heaps of other water slides in Sydney, some outdoors at swimming pools and some at indoors pools.
Read my post about all the different water slides in Sydney here.
Here’s to summer fun and sliding at top speed.
Come on, Mums and dads, you too!