Dobroyd Head Walk
Guringai Country

1 h to 2 h

2.5 km
circuit

↑ 94 m
↓ -94 m

Hard track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign next to Dobroyd Sc Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down Dobroyd Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View of Manly from Dobroyd Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View beside Manly Scenic Walkway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Banksia on Dobroyd Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Board walk behind Reef Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Reef Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Toilets at Reef Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down towards Reef Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from near Reef Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stairs up to Tania Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Flower along Manly Scenic Walkway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.8083364,151.2687633)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Freeway, M1
  • Turn on to Military Road Offramp, A8 then drive for 6.9 km
  • Turn right onto Sydney Road and drive for another 275 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn left onto Audrey Street and drive for another 205 m
  • Turn right onto Wanganella Street and drive for another 215 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Wanganella Street and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn left onto New Street West and drive for another 65 m
  • Turn right onto Beatrice Street and drive for another 410 m
  • Turn left onto Ernest Street and drive for another 460 m
  • Turn right onto Curban Street and drive for another 185 m
  • Turn right onto Vista Avenue and drive for another 85 m
  • Turn left onto Dobroyd Road and drive for another 360 m
  • Turn left onto Heathcliff Crescent and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn right onto Elevation Avenue and drive for another 110 m
  • Turn right onto Fisher Street and drive for another 90 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Dobroyd Scenic Drive and drive for another 165 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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'.
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.
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Tania Park at the start.
Then head down the steps (about 7 m long)
After another 45 m head down the steps (about 145 m long)
Turn left, to head along Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
After another 200 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 110 m turn left, to head along Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
After another 15 m pass a seat (30 m on your right).
Then come to the viewpoint (30 m on your right).
After another 170 m head down the steps (about 210 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
After another 235 m find the "Reef Beach" (20 m on your right).
Reef Beach
Reef Beach

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.
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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.

Continue straight, to head along Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
After another 75 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
After another 65 m head down the steps (about 85 m long)
Turn left.
After another 155 m turn left.
After another 510 m turn right, to head along Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
After another 270 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 145 m long)
After another 45 m head up the steps
After another 7 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Dobroyd Head Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2.5 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.2 km from the start.

Seat: There is one 600 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.2 km[toilet]
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