Arabanoo lookout

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Overview

If you’re looking for a venue to hire, boasting impressive Sydney Harbour views, Arabanoo lookout is the perfect venue choice. Its expansive coastal views across Manly and South Head provide a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony or private party.

Venue is suitable for
Private party or function, wedding ceremonies
Capacity
Maximum people: 100
Fees

$760 for a 3 hour booking. Additional time may be requested at extra charge.

Availability
7 days a week, except 26th & 31st Dec and 1st Jan.
Bookings

To make a booking or for more information, please email the NPWS Events Team or phone (02) 9585 6570.

Other Information
This venue is also suitable for commercial and public events such as live performances, small festivals and product launches.

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. Its location and expensive scenic views also make it an ideal venue hire option for a wedding ceremony or to celebrate your next milestone birthday.

Arabanoo lookout is at Balgowlah Heights and is easily accessible by car and public transport.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/arabanoo-lookout/local-alerts

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 carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: 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.

    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.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about Arabanoo lookout.

Getting there and parking

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.
  • Bareena Drive becomes Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Limited parking is available on Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive in marked spaces only. Spaces cannot be reserved for guests. You may incur a fine for parking or driving in non-designated areas.

Public transport

Bus services stop near this venue. Contact the Transport Information Line on 131500 for more information.

Facilities

Please take all rubbish, including plant and food material, with you when you leave.

There is drinking water and flush toilets in nearby in Tania Park.

Maps and downloads

Fees and passes

Venue hire fees may apply to certain bookings. For more information, email the Events and Venues Unit or phone (02) 9585 6570.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Some assistance may be required in this area.

Designated disabled parking is available.

Permitted

Food and drink

  • You may bring your own food as well as portable gas barbeques fitted with drip trays for cooking
  • Commercial catering is limited to plates or platters of cold food such as sandwiches, antipasto, canapés, salads and cakes.
  • You may bring 1 bottle of wine or champagne for every 4 guests, and 1 case (24 cans or bottles) of beer or premixed drinks (375ml maximum) for every 20 guests.

Plant materials

Flower arrangements containing no seed material. A florist can arrange this for you on request.

Structures, staging, furniture, amusements and decorations

  • Weighted free-standing decorative items such as bridal arches, red carpet and columns.
  • 15 chairs with rail-style legs
  • 3 tables no larger than 3m square

Commercial filming and photography

Power, lighting and amplified sounds

  • 1 single speaker portable PA system or music player with an amplifier no greater than 50 watts
  • Volume must be kept at a level that does not interfere with neighbours or the public

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.