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Arabanoo Lookout at Dobroyd Head

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by Debra Fraser (subscribe)
I live on the northern beaches of Sydney and enjoy discovering little known great places to visit
Published December 14th 2014
Usually when you arrive at your walk destination it's just about going on the walk. At Dobroyd Head it is all about choices.

Located at Scenic Drive Balgowlah Heights there are plenty of "Wow, that's amazing" moments. Start your visit by checking out the view over Manly from Arabanoo Lookout. The lookout is named in honour of Arabanoo who was the first aboriginal man to spend time with the First Fleet Settlers in 1788. He enlightened them about the customs and language which Governor Phillip was very grateful for. More historical information about the significance of the area can be found on the signs and monuments at the lookout.

Arabanoo Lookout Manly
View from Arabanoo Lookout

Your four legged friends do not need to miss out on the fun either. Tania Park is on the other side of the road. It is a huge dog friendly park with amazing views. (Note - As this is a national park dogs are not permitted on the bushwalk. That is a fun walk just for you).

Dog Walking Dobroyd Head
Dog Walking at Tania Park Dobroyd Head

About 50 metres up from the lookout is the a Sydney Harbour National Park sign. From here you can see views over to North and South Head and beyond to the Pacific Ocean.
Dobroyd Head
Welcome to Dobroyd Head

You are now ready to get a little closer to the views! There is a 1 hour circuit walk. It starts with a sandy path way.
Walking Track Dobroyd Head
Walking Track at Dobroyd Head

Then meanders on to stone pathways before bringing out to a stone outcrop where you can sit and admire the view.
Dobroyd Head
Stone steaps on Dobroyd Head Walk

Sit and soak up the ever changing view. Watch the sailing boats and the Manly Ferry. If you time it right you can see 2 Manly Ferry's crossing paths. During whale watching season you might even see a whale or two.
Dobroyd Head
Sailing boat

Manly Ferry
Manly Ferry from Dobroyd Head

If you have some extra time you can also walk to the spit off this circuit. Walk to the Spit is 4.6km.
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Nice one
by Priyanka (score: 2|441) 2411 days ago
Thank you for this article, I didn't know about this walk and am keen to try it!
by jajsh (score: 2|154) 2414 days ago
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