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.
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There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park Today's Fire rating LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
Cross sectional view of the Dobroyd Head Walk bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dobroyd Head Walk 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.
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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.
Around 1.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 900m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 2.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
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Catch the bus to Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
Arabanoo Lookout provides great views over Port Jackson, North Harbour and to Manly. The lookout also has some interesting information signs and plarques 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.
Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
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.
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.
Reef Beach platform
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.
Dobroyd Head Sign
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.
Alt = 91 m
Tania Park is home to a large oval, 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, children's playground , drinking water , BBQ  and picnic tables .
Catch the bus from Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
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.
Sydney Harbour National ParkLink 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 feesCampingFacilities 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:
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.