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Dobroyd Head Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km SW of Manly
Length: 2.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 109 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 109 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Walking around Dobroyd Head is a fantastic experience. The heath vegetation high up on the walk provides many opportunities to view flowers and insects close up, whilst still enjoying plenty of views out to the sea. Reef Beach is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch and to get the feet wet before heading back to the road. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Dobroyd Head Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Dobroyd Head Walk
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Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Int. Manly Scenic Walk and Reef Beach Trk
Reef Beach platform
Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Dobroyd Head Sign
Int. Manly Scenic Walk and Reef Beach Trk
Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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 

Photo Gallery

 
Sign next to Dobroyd Sc Dr
 
Sign next to Dobroyd Sc Dr +
 
Track down Dobroyd Head
 
Track down Dobroyd Head +
 
View of Manly from Dobroyd Head
 
View of Manly from Dobroyd Head +

 
View beside Manly Scenic Walkway
 
View beside Manly Scenic Walkway +
 
Banksia on Dobroyd Head
 
Banksia on Dobroyd Head +
 
Board walk behind Reef Beach
 
Board walk behind Reef Beach +

 
Reef Beach
 
Reef Beach +
 
Toilets at Reef Beach
 
Toilets at Reef Beach +
 
Track down towards Reef Beach
 
Track down towards Reef Beach +

 
View from near Reef Beach
 
View from near Reef Beach +
 
Stairs up to Tania Park
 
Stairs up to Tania Park +
 
Flower along Manly Scenic Walkway
 
Flower along Manly Scenic Walkway +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Dobroyd Head Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Dobroyd Head Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dobroyd Head Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Dobroyd Head Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2.5km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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.
Gradient
1.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 900m has short steep hills. The remaining (110m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 460m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 900m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 860m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
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|

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[1][2][3][4][5] 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[6].

(0 km) Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk to Reef Beach platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.03 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -85 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' and 'The Spit' sign down the hill. The track winds down through bush which quickly becomes heath. The heath becomes short and thins out on the left, before the walk comes to an intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Arabanoo Lookout'.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' sign down the hill. The track winds slightly as it heads down the spur, with low heath and views of Manly most of the way down, coming to a clear rock shelf. The walk then continues with thick green heath on the right and less dense heath on the left, before coming to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly via Reef Beach' sign down the hill to a fenced lookout. From the lookout, the track heads further along the hillside to wind down past some more views. The track soon passes by a large rock shelf, as it comes close to the water and then comes to a boardwalk with bench seat behind Reef Beach.

Reef Beach Alt = 4 m
Reef Beach is a strip of sand facing north-east, towards the Manly Ferry Terminal in North Harbour. The beach is in Sydney Harbour National Park and has toilet facilities about 80m behind the beach. The beach was once a nudist beach, but clothing is no longer optional. The beach is fairly well protected from surf and provides a great place to rest and enjoy the views when walking around Dobroyd Head.

(1.03 km) Reef Beach platform to Dobroyd Head Sign
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 464 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the water on the right. The track soon passes a toilet block on the left and then flattens out before coming to the signposted intersection with the high-tide alternate route on the left.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the sign for 'Alternate route to Manly during Hightides', heading up the alternate rock and wooden steps. The walk passes an interesting sandstone feature on the left before leading up to a flat section of track. The walk soon comes to a sign posted intersection.

(1.5 km) Dobroyd Head Sign to Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 976 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign 'Dobroyd Head', leading up a few stairs then following the hillside for a while. The track continues to an area where the heath on the right is thin and fallen over, however, on the left, it is thick and green. From here the track soon comes to a signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'The Spit', up the hill. The track heads up the hill, with the heath on the right becoming thicker as the track gains altitude. As the track winds up the hill, it reaches a rock platform with great views over Manly, before continuing up to the signposted intersection with track to Arabanoo Lookout to the right.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Arabanoo Lookout' up the hill. The track heads up the hill, with the heath becoming thicker bushland towards the top, where the track then meets Dobroyd Scenic Drive.

Tania Park Alt = 91 m
Tania Park is home to a large oval[7], 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[8][9], children's playground [10], drinking water [11], BBQ [12] and picnic tables [13].

Catch the bus from Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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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 Dobroyd Head Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Dobroyd Head Walk
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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 3 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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Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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