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Collaroy and Long Reef


This is a wonderful 5 kilometre walk from Collaroy Beach, then around Long Reef Headland. The best time to do this is at low tide, so check the Long Reef tides.
Begin at Collaroy Beach, near the Surf Life Saving Club. Head south along the pathway and past the ocean pool. Walk across the rock platform and the sand to Fishermans Beach. Pelicans often gather near the boat ramp to get any scraps they can from fishermen.
Walk along the base of the headland, which was formed in the Triassic period 230 million years ago.  Long Reef Headland is unique for its chocolate shales, ironstones and grey claystones, which often contain plant fossils. There is an abundance of  bird and sea life and tide pools contain a huge variety of organisms.
As you head towards Long Reef Point look up the cliff face. Para gilders often  launch into the sky when the conditions are favourable. Take the trail that heads up to Long Reef Point lookout. From here there are spectacular views from  Palm Beach in the north to Manly in the south. Also, during autumn and spring,  migrating whales can be often spotted.
Take the pathway down the hill with the golf course to your right and the ocean to your left. In the middle of an elevated boardwalk, stairs go down to Long Reef Beach if you want to swim or relax on the sand. Continuing along the pathway, go right at a fork and you will find Long Reef Magic Garden. Children have left mementoes to protect  them and their families during the Corona virus pandemic.
Walk along the pathway to your right to Pittwater Road. From here you can return to Collaroy or catch a bus to anywhere you want.

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