Sightseeing continues…So much to offer…Dobroyd Head…Daylight saving time ended in this part of the world…

On the 25 minute ride to Circular Quay in Sydney, It takes about 10 minutes from the Manly Wharf for the Manly Ferry to reach this spot with its rough waters. The ride is usually rough for only about 10 minutes until we reach Sydney Harbour.

Yesterday we didn’t go out after all. As the clouds picked up and it appeared it might rain, we decided a long walk wasn’t appealing. However, regardless of today’s weather, we have no choice but to get to the market since we’ll be staying “home” awaiting the two packages due to arrive Monday or Tuesday. Clouds are rolling in now, so we should head out before too long.

Once the ferry reaches this point in the bay where it meets the open sea, the ride becomes rough on most days.

We’re thrilled we’d been sightseeing with Bob a few days ago during a bright sunny day, and today, we continue with more scenic photos. Once we’re done uploading today’s post, we’ll be off to accomplish what we intended to do yesterday.

We love the simple times in our lives when we can go out or not, choosing to embark on whatever appeals to us at the moment rather than be predicated by some arbitrary schedule over which we have little or no control. 

Two passing Manly Ferries as seen from Dobroyd Head overlook.

We particularly enjoyed the recent visit to Dobroyd Head, a popular tourist spot in Balgowlah Heights. Details of this scenic area are listed here at this site and below as indicated:

Dobroyd Head is a point or headland in the Northern Beaches local government area, in the suburb of Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, which contains examples of ecosystems at risk, such as coastal heath. Tania Park is located to the immediate northeast and contains the 2MWM 90.3 transmitters. A lookout sited on the headland named after Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers captured in Manly Cove in 1788. (Continued below)

Tom took these photos over a railing after crawling over huge rocks and down a precarious walkway.  Bob and I stayed behind.


In January 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip noted Aboriginal people living in caves at what is now Wellings Reserve, Balgowlah Heights, and there are several Aboriginal sites recorded in the area, including a midden at Reef Beach, which was partly eroded by a storm in May 1974, when human remains were exposed. What is now Dobroyd Head was originally named “Dobroyd Point” (which is now the name of a locality in Haberfield in the Inner West) by Simeon Lord (1771–1840), a landowner in the district in the early 19th century. Dobroyd Castle, its namesake, was his mother, Ann Fielden, before her marriage in 1764. On his death in 1840, he gifted the land to the Crown with a stipulation that the name must be kept.

In 1871, the Secretary for Lands, John Bowie Wilson, set aside 100 hectares comprising the Dobroyd headland as a defense reserve but excluded all privately-owned lands, such as Reef Beach, Forty Baskets Beach, Grotto Point, Castle Rock, and Clontarf. On 14 August 1874, prominent surveyor and hydrographer Commander John Thomas Ewing Gowlland was drowned in an accident of the headland. In August 1963, the Manly, Warringah, and Pittwater Historical Society unveiled a plaque at Dobroyd Head commemorating him. In 1914, the government steamer, SS Kate, was struck and sunk by the Manly ferry Bellubera off the headland. The Dobroyd Scenic Drive, funded by the council, was opened in 1938 by Manly mayor Percy Nolan. (Continued below)

Houses located on Dobroyd Head…

Between 1923 and 1963, various small cabins and shacks were built around Crater Cove on the headland. They were for use as weekenders and retreats and remained occupied until the 1980s.

Various subdivisions for the development of Balgowlah Heights occurred throughout the next 80 years until 1959-1960 when Manly Council learned that land near Cutler Road and Tabalum Road was to be subdivided and objected to any development and sale of land below Cutler Road.

Alderman Frank Preacher led this movement to preserve the lands of Dobroyd Head for public recreation. On 17 October 1960, Lands Minister Jack Renshaw met representatives of the Manly Council on the site. Renshaw later approved removing these lands from the sale of land and transferred responsibility for its preservation to the Manly council. In 1975, responsibilities changed again when the area was proclaimed as part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. A 2015 article in the Manly Daily later revealed that Manly Council had voted in June 1997 to erect a plaque to honor Renshaw, alderman Preacher, and Manly Council’s role in preserving the headland. But no action has since been taken to carry it out.” (Continued below).

Dobroyd Head sign, located at the lookout point.

We hope today’s photos give our readers a perspective of this gorgeous location typical of many scenic overlooks in this breathtaking continent.

Another house without utilities used as cabins at one time. They may or may not be occupied at this time.

During the night, “daylight saving time” ended in New South Wales, Australia, as shown here from this site:

“Daylight saving

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks one hour during the warmer months of the year. In Australia, Daylight saving is observed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory, or Western Australia.
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2:00 am (which is 3:00 am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour.

During Daylight Saving Time (first Sunday in October – first Sunday in April)
Time zone State or territory City
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) Queensland Brisbane
Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) New South Wales (except Broken Hill), Victoria, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra
Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) South Australia and the town of Broken Hill in western New South Wales Adelaide, Broken Hill
Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) Northern Territory Darwin
Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) Western Australia Perth

Where Daylight saving is observed:
AEDT is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 11 hours (UTC +11).
ACDT is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10.5 hours (UTC +10.5).”

The expansive view from Dobroyd Head.

As of today, we’re halfway through the 40 night stay in Fairlight with only 20 remaining nights until we’ll board the 24-night cruise to North America.  

With all the challenges we’ve faced since arriving in Tasmania on December 3rd, when I became ill, we’re attempting to embrace our remaining time in this lovely area without too much anticipation for upcoming exciting events in the future.

Gorgeous cliffs are often referred to as “heads” in Australia.

In other words, we’re doing our best to “live in the moment,” not always easy to do in this lifestyle. However, regardless of one’s lifestyle, it’s always challenging to live in the moment when it’s our human nature to consider what is yet to come.

May your day capture good thoughts “in the moment” today and always.

Photo from one year ago today, April 2, 2016:

Kiwi Rail locomotive we spotted in Eltham, New Zealand, one year ago. For more photos from the charming town, please click here.