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Grotto Point Aboriginal engraving site

Sydney Harbour National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Grotto Point Aboriginal engraving site.

Getting there and parking

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    Grotto Point Aboriginal Engraving site is located near Grotto Point and Washaway Beach in the Dobroyd Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park.

    • To get to Dobroyd Head, cross The 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.
    • The closest access point is from the carpark at the end of Cutler Road, Balgowlah Heights. The site is approximately 100m downhill from the carpark.
    • You can also access the site from Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head, which is the main parking area for this section of the park.
    • If coming by foot, take the Manly Scenic Walkway (Spit to Manly Walk) to reach Dobroyd Head. The site is approximately 3.8km east of The Spit Bridge and 5.7km west of Manly.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available a short walk from the site, along Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive that surrounds Tania Park or at Cutler Road, Balgowlah Heights. Please check local signage for parking restrictions. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.



    Toilet facilities are located at Tania Park, adjacent to Arabanoo lookout.


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    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Water activities

    Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.


    Disability access level - medium

    Assistance may be required to access this area

    • Designated disabled parking is available at Dobroyd Head



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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    Park info

    • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      Bradleys Head: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head: $5 per vehicle per day. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Coin payment available at Fairfax carpark machines only. Chowder Bay: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully. Park’nPay: You can also pay for your visit to any area via the Park’nPay app.

      Other fees:

      Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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