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Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head

“The kids enjoy following the footprints of the local animals carved into the walkway. And the superb views and the story of Arabanoo make this a beautiful and memorable experience.”

Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head offers fantastic views over to North Head and South Head and the expansive Pacific Ocean.

Named in honour of Aboriginal man Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers, the lookout is a great spot for some whale watching. There are a few signs and monuments around the lookout that provide some historical information about the significance of the area.

Arabanoo lookout is at Balgowlah Heights and is easily accessible by car and public transport or as a short detour along the walk from The Spit to Manly.

Take a virtual tour of Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head is at Balgowlah Heights in Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there, cross Spit Bridge and turn right onto Sydney Road. Turn right into Woodland Street North, then left into Bareena Drive , which becomes Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available along Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive that surrounds Tania Park. Please check local signage for parking restrictions.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Lookout
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Venue

You should know:

  • If you feel like a short walk, take the track to Grotto Point Lighthouse and the Aboriginal rock engravings or head to Dobroyd Head lookout or Reef Beach.
  • Toilet facilities are located at Tania Park, adjacent to Arabanoo lookout.
  • Please see the OEH website for information on venue hire

Wheelchair access:


  • Some assistance may be required to access this area
  • Designated disabled parking is available


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Vaucluse (general inquiries, venue information and bookings), Phone: 02 9337 5511 (for inquiries about wedding ceremony bookings call 02 9337 7016)

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Dobroyd Scenic Drive, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan