Manly Waterworks is Now Manly Surf n Slide



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

Website is here

Opening hours:  Opens 23rd September, open 10am – 5pm in school holidays and then Sat/Sun 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!



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Posted on: September 9, 2017


  • Reply January 12, 2012


    I go to Manly loads and never knew this was here!

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    Hello Muppy, well I am so delighted you read this… it is a very down to earth place, it’s been there for years and years… very unpretentious spot, which has given my big boys years of thrills. Bit of a hidden gem.

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    Summers by the sea are the thing I loved most about my childhood 🙂

    • Reply January 12, 2012


      Holidays by the sea on the west coast of Scotland were happy times in our childhood too. My sister lives just near where we used to go so we get to re-visit and watch our kids play. It’s a rare treat, very special.

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Ai Sakura

    Looks like such an awesome place! Would love to go there if I’m ever in Manly 🙂

    • Reply January 12, 2012


      Here’s to a trip for you to Manly one day.

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    I never knew this existed – it looks like a great place! I am glad you all had a fantastic day there 🙂

    • Reply January 12, 2012


      There have been many hair-raising moments these school hols and even more hair-pulling ones, so it as great to have a day when everyone enjoyed themselves.

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Life In A Pink Fibro

    I had NO idea it was even there. This is why I love your blog!

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