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Many happy returns are in order for this precious gem known as Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, nestled on the coastline between Dee Why and Collaroy.
This ecologically significant reserve is right on our doorstep. So take the opportunity to stretch your legs and celebrate everything this stunning area has to offer.
It was declared a reserve in 1980, to protect its rocky shore plants and animals, after its marine life was seriously depleted due to people collecting it for food and bait.
Since then, visitors have flocked to the area to capture the stunning views from the headland walk, explore the rock platform, swim, fish, snorkel, scuba dive and surf from its shoreline.
The reserve, which covers an area of over 80 hectares from Collaroy Ocean Pool to Long Reef Surf Lifesaving Club including 100 metres offshore, has become a focal point for marine education.
It is also the destination for hundreds of schoolchildren each year, who get to discover its wonders through our Coastal Environment Centre’s education programs - ensuring the passion for this extraordinary place lives on through future generations.
Along with the many schoolchildren, uni students and public who visit, it has also been a scientific research site for universities and the Australian Museum for over 70 years.
It is also cared for by a range of passionate volunteers who work with us and the state government to ensure it is celebrated and protected.
So as we head into winter, enjoy the beautiful walking track that overlooks the aquatic reserve - you might even capture the sight of a whale migrating along the coastline!