Crater Cove Lookout
Guringai Country

2 min to 5 min

60 m
return

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↓ -5 m

Moderate track
This is a great, short walk to a lookout with a fantastic views. The lookout has great views out through the heads, and also much of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. From the lookout, you can even see down into Crater Cove, to the old houses built during the great depression. The walk is very short and starts on Dobroyd Scenic Drive. Whilst in the area, it is worth looking at Arabanoo Lookout at the north-eastern corner of Tania Park. 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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Track down to Crater Cove Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from the lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Boardwalked Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Crater Cove Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Manly to Spit walk. | 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 (-33.8100427,151.2674582)
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 390 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the 'Sydney Harbour National Park - Dobroyd Head' sign, this walk follows the steps that wind down the hill away from the road, soon coming to an intersection with the Arabanoo Walk.
From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track down the short hill towards the ocean, soon coming to the Crater Cove Lookout.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Tania Park at the start.
There is a seat (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 15 m head down the steps (about 15 m long)
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 30 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Crater Cove Lookout".
Crater Cove Lookout
Crater Cove Lookout

From this fenced lookout, vistas far out to sea can be enjoyed, with Middle and South Heads just in view. Many yachts sail past, with the container ships out to sea. This is a popular spot for watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart race, or for watching whales as they pass by Sydney.
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From this fenced lookout, vistas far out to sea can be enjoyed, with Middle and South Heads just in view. Many yachts sail past, with the container ships out to sea. This is a popular spot for watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart race, or for watching whales as they pass by Sydney.

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Terrain
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Crater Cove Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 60 m
Time 2 min to 5 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one -5 m back from the start.


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