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Reef Beach

“This is a really magical spot with so much history. We’ve been coming here for years and that’s not going to change in a hurry.”

Reef Beach offers the chance to kick back in your own hometown, even if it’s only for an afternoon. This pretty spot, tucked away at Dobroyd Head, has incredible views across Sydney’s North Harbour to Manly.

Make it a pit stop while walking the famous Manly Scenic Walkway, or pack a picnic and spend the day. Pause at the bench on the nearby boardwalk and take in the beautiful views. At low tide, you might even be able to spot some Aboriginal carvings in the rocks

Dive in for a refreshing swim at this lovely spot – you’re bound to want to return. After exploring the beach take in the scenic view from nearby Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Reef Beach is in the North Harbour precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • From Balgowlah Heights, drive along Dobroyd Scenic Drive
  • After leaving the car at Beatty Street or Tania Park it’s a short walk to the beach.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available near Beatty Street and Tania Park.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Non-flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times

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Reef Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government