(0km) Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk → Reef Beach platform
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.
(1.03km) Reef Beach platform → Dobroyd Head Sign
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.
(1.5km) Dobroyd Head Sign → Int. Dobroyd Scenic Dr and Arabanoo Trk
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.
Maps for the Dobroyd Head Walk walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Sydney Heads||1:25 000 Map Series||91302N SYDNEY HEADS||NSW-91302N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
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).
3.6 km Return
This loop walk from the Spit Bridge is an interesting walk with many different things to see and do along the way. The walk passes Ellery’s Punt Reserve, Sandy Bay and goes along the shoreline to Castle Rock Beach. The walk crosses Dobroyd Head and comes around to Reef Beach, which is a great place for lunch. The walk then heads back to the start via the roads.
Total climbing: 381m
8.7 km Circuit
The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour. This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the sidetrips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort. There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
Total climbing: 349m
9.1 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This walk follows the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, then continues past The Spit Bridge to Seaforth Oval. The walk provides magnificent bushland and Harbour scenes with many small beaches, reserves and coves to stop at. A very scenic and fun walk along the Harbour. Stop for a coffee or ice-cream at one of the cafes along the way.
Total climbing: 624m
13.7 km One way
5 hrs 45 mins
This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half.
Total climbing: 746m
18.9 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This is a great, short walk to a lookout with a fantastic views. The lookout has great views out through the heads, and also much of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. From the lookout, you can even see down into Crater Cove, to the old houses built during the great depression. The walk is very short and starts on Dobroyd Scenic Drive. Whilst in the area, it is worth looking at Arabanoo Lookout at the north-eastern corner of Tania Park.
Total climbing: 9m
60 m Return
This is an excellent walk with some very scenic views. The walk travels along a well used track through the thick coastal bush. The views are capped off by the vista over Sydney Harbour from the Grotto Point Lighthouse. Easy parking, a few good side trips, and in particular, the Aboriginal Engravings, make this walk all the more appealing.
Total climbing: 83m
1.7 km Return
This is a short walk down to Castle Rock Beach, tucked into the rocky shores of Middle Harbour. The walk is mostly along boardwalk or footpath through rainforest vegetation. The foliage surrounding the track is topped by a closed canopy which provides shade, before opening out onto the sunny beach.
Total climbing: 20m
200 m Return
2 km Return
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This full day walk starts at the southern end of the Spit Bridge and explores a lot of Garigal National Park and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track into Garigal National Park, skirting around Bantry Bay and along Middle Harbour Creek before crossing Roseville Bridge. The walk continues to explore the other side of Garigal, before leaving the National Park and arriving at Lindfield train station.
Total climbing: 1181m
22.6 km One way
9 hrs 45 mins
This scenic walk takes you from the Spit Bridge, along the coast to explore the Middle Head Forts. There are a few alternate routes for use at high tide or high seas. Balmoral Beach offers a few spots for a coffee or fish and chips along the way. Middle Head offers plenty of options for exploring the old forts and enjoying a view out the heads.
Total climbing: 181m
6.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
2 km Circuit
This walk to the Middle Head fortifications is a great way to break up your day at the beach. There are plenty of places to explore, and the forts are quite interesting and historically significant. The track is well marked and has some information signs. The views of Sydney Harbour are great and it is well worth carrying a picnic lunch to allow more time to enjoy North Head.
Total climbing: 199m
4.1 km Circuit
This walks follows the coast from Balmoral to the Spit and across Spit Bridge. There are some alternate tracks to consider at high-tides, which take the streets over the headlands. Balmoral and Chinamans Beaches are very nice places for lunch and a swim. Allows time to wander and explore. There are plenty of options for swimming.
Total climbing: 85m
4.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This great wheelchair-accessible walk starts from the car park at the end of the North Head Scenic Drive, and follows a concrete footpath that winds around the tip of North Head in a big loop, passing four fantastic lookouts before returning to the car park. The Fairfax Track is also an excellent vantage point for keen whale watchers. The whales pass by twice annually, heading north in June and July, and again when they return to the Antarctic in August and October.
Total climbing: 47m
737 m Circuit
904 m Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/dhw
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.