Manly's Ivanhoe Park Listed on State Heritage Register

Manly’s Ivanhoe Park is the newest listing on the NSW State Heritage Register, Special Minister of State Don Harwin announced today.

Mr Harwin said Ivanhoe Park is a unique place in NSW with a combined history of Aboriginal heritage and 150 years of recreation, sport and community use.

“The State Heritage Register is a celebration of our history and I am delighted to honour Ivanhoe Park (including Manly Oval) cultural landscape with an official listing on the register,” Mr Harwin said.

“The park is 4.8ha of diverse and complex landscape, featuring Aboriginal elements, Manly’s well-loved Oval, sporting facilities and the characteristically Victorian botanical gardens.” 

Listing on the State Heritage Register means the park’s heritage significance is recognised by law, bringing greater certainty that its unique contribution to NSW culture and history will be protected.

“The park holds intangible Aboriginal cultural heritage and may contribute to our further understanding of the Kay-ye-mai people’s history,” Mr Harwin said.

“It’s imperative we protect Ivanhoe Park and sites like it for future generations to enjoy and continue to uncover new facts about our past.”

Member for Manly James Griffin said the site also has significant links to many of NSW’s oldest sporting clubs, international sports people and leaders in public life.

“Ivanhoe Park has been loved by the people of Manly throughout time, including the ‘Father of Manly’ Henry Gilbert Smith, whose vision it was to develop Manly as a primary tourist spot for NSW,” Mr Griffin said.

“It’s great to see that this park, which has been a source of pride for our area for so long, will continue to be enjoyed and protected well into the future.”

Anyone can nominate an item to be considered for the State Heritage Register. Find out more about the listing process at