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Arabanoo Lookout
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km ESE of Balgowlah Heights
Length: 0.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Climb: 5 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 5 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

This short and easy walk leads from Tania Park to wonderful views of Arabanoo Lookout. The views over North Head and the water are wonderful. There is a concrete path leading the whole way and two seats at the top waiting for you to soak up the views. Tania Park can get busy on weekends with sport and walkers. A lovely walk if you are in the area. There are toilets, picnic area and playground at the far end of the Oval. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Arabanoo Lookout

Map of Walk


Arabanoo Lookout bushwalking track notes
Map of Arabanoo Lookout
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Dobroyd Scenic Drive
Starting point for this hiking track: Dobroyd Scenic Drive

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

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Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Arabanoo Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Arabanoo Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Arabanoo Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Arabanoo Lookout bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 140m
Time 15 mins

Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
This whole walk, 70m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 70m follows a smooth and hardened path.

This whole walk, 70m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 70m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 70m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 70m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Dobroyd Scenic Drive
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Tania Park Alt = 91 m
Tania Park is home to a large oval[1], and is found on Dobroyd Scenic Dr, Balgowlah Heights. This oval can be accessed on the Manly to Spit walking track and is home to the start of the Arabanoo Lookout path. The oval has basic facilities at the western edge such as toilets[2][3], children's playground [4], drinking water [5], BBQ [6] and picnic tables [7].

(0 km) Dobroyd Scenic Drive to Arabanoo Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 71 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
From the car parking bays on the north eastern edge of Tania Park on Dobroyd Scenic Dr, Balgowlah Heights[8] this walk heads towards the 'Arabanoo Lookout' sign[9]. From the edge of the road, this walk follows the (1.5m wide) concrete footpath, directly away from the oval and road, gently uphill[10], initially passing the 'Arabanoo' information sign[11][12]. About 35m from the road this walk comes to the fenced (1.2m high) lookout area[13], and seats[fac=8241][fac=8242].

Arabanoo Lookout Alt = 81 m
Arabanoo Lookout provides great views over Port Jackson, North Harbour and to Manly. The lookout also has some interesting information signs and plarques[14][15][16][17][18] providing information on the significance of the area. There are two large stone seats[fac=8241][fac=8242] at the lookout.
This lookout is named after Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man kidnapped in December 1788, by British marines on Governor Phillips orders. The Governor believed that this was justified as he wished to facilitate communication between the British and the Aborigines. Arabanoo lived in the company of the Europeans until the 18th May 1789 where he died due to smallpox infection[19].

Drive from Dobroyd Scenic Drive
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 6 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 7.1 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 7.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 7.8 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 7.8 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Arabanoo Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Arabanoo Lookout
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the WNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 25 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 41 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 8 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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