Manly Wharf, West Esplanade and the old Aquarium

By Manly Community Forum
Published in Parks and Reserves
February 20, 2022
1 min read

Plans for Manly Cove, east and west, are open for comment, but so far comments have been focused on the reinstatement or otherwise of the boardwalk from Manly Wharf across the cove to Manly Pavilion. Views, pun intended, are divided. Mostly those nostalgic for their youthful days spent on the slides and the like want to see the boardwalk returned. This, they say, would give the youth of today somewhere to go and something to do. The Deputy Mayor has assured everyone that there will be a place where the kids can jump off into the harbour safely, avoiding, of course, the ferries and many private boats. Others say leave it as it is, just get rid of the aquarium building and return that footprint to open space. Plans are to extend a promenade from this corner of the beach to the corner of the Pavilion and discussions are open for a wharf there for private watercraft. Council intends to remove the stairs at the western end of the beach and install an accessible ramp.


Meanwhile, back at the Wharf the plan is to extend or widen the boardwalk several metres between the Fast Ferry Wharf and Wharf number 3, providing a wide accessible covered seating area in front of the existing restaurants between the Fast Ferry Wharf and the new Wharf 3. There do not appear to be any plans to improve the small leased wharf currently used by the kayak hire business despite this area needing improvements to the ageing structure and rusting fence.

And finally, no word about the problems encountered by the new ferries being unable to use Wharf 1 at low tide and thus having a 10-minute wait to get access to the already busy Fast Ferry Wharf at peak hour. Those faster journeys from Circular Quay to Manly are not real in these circumstances.


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