Clontarf Pumping Station is Stop 6 on the Spit to Manly Walk, as seen in the downloadable Spit to Manly Complete Guide and Map.

If walking from Clontarf Beach… At the southern end of Clontarf Reserve, an access road meets the beach. Beside this is a large concrete building that looks a little dramatic for this harbourside setting. This is Clontarf Pumping Station.

Clontarf Pumping Station

Clontarf Pumping Station is part of the sewerage connecting to the treatment plant at North Head, Manly. Its ornate art deco design from the 1920s, with a hint of Egyptian Revival architecture, is a most impressive way to pump poo.

It was designed by J.J.C. Bradfield, the Chief Public Works Engineer. Bradfield went on to design other more notable Sydney landmarks, such as Circular Quay railway station and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as seen on the Sydney City Walk.

Both this building and its companion across the water at Parriwi Beach, appear on heritage registers for their cultural significance.

Where to go next on the Spit to Manly Walk?

At low tide you should be able to walk the length of Clontarf Beach from the pumping station to the national park without getting your feet wet.

At mid-tide you might be able to walk the beach holding your shoes with small waves lapping up to knee-height.

At high tide walk along Monash Crescent, behind the row of beachfront houses.

You will then enter Sydney Harbour National Park, with the next stop Castle Rock Beach.

Read more about the Spit to Manly Walk.

Get everything about the walk (track notes, stories, map, getting there, and more) by downloading the Spit to Manly Complete Guide (includes map). Or just grab the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk Map.

Jump to any stop by clicking on the name below.

Stop 1: Ellery’s Punt Reserve
Stop 2: Fisher Bay ‘Midden’
Stop 3: Fisher Bay Houseboat
Stop 4: Sandy Bay, Hawkesbury Sandstone
Stop 5: Clontarf Reserve
Stop 6: Clontarf Pumping Station – you are currently on this page
Stop 7: Castle Rock Beach
Stop 8: Grotto Point Lighthouse
Stop 9: Grotto Point Aboriginal Engraving Site
Stop 10: Crater Cove
Stop 11: Dobroyd Head
Stop 12: Reef Beach
Stop 13: Forty Baskets Beach
Stop 14: North Harbour Reserve
Stop 15: Fairlight House
Stop 16: Manly Wharf


Sydney Coast Walks is borne from the marriage between hiking guide Ian Wells and outdoor journalist and writer Tara Wells. Put simply, he walks and she writes. Together they research the best stories and share on-the-track experiences for others to get more out of every Sydney walking adventure.

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