If you want a more technically challenging mountain-biking ride, then Manly Dam is the place for it. The track starts off easy, diverts back on some roads for a short distance before becoming a winding, twisting ride, with lots of ascents and descents, drop offs and jumps dotted with rocks and tree roots that keep you on your toes.
Duration: 1-2 hrs
Start: Manly Vale (loop)
The track is signposted by bicycle symbols, and you need to follow these. Some section of the track are shared with walkers, so keep an eye out. Some sections are for walkers only, so obviously you must not go on those sections. You should ride in a clockwise direction around the track to avoid collisions on the tight bends that occur in some sections of the ride.
How to get there:
From Sydney head across the Harbour Bridge and take the Mosman exit onto Military Road. Follow this road, onto Spit Road, across the Spit Bridge and up the hill. Continue past the Sydney Road junction and onto Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation which turns into Condamine Street. Turn left onto King Street, and follow it nearly to the end.
Park on the road near the research station. From here, ride up Arana Street and turn right onto Gibbs Street, past the school through the carpark and onto the trail.