Narrabeen Head Aquatic Reserve

Location

Narrabeen Head Aquatic Reserve on Sydney's northern beaches covers an area of approximately 6 hectares.

It includes the rocky shore between the southern end of Turimetta Beach and the rock baths at Narrabeen Head, and extends 100 m offshore.

Objectives

  • conserve the biodiversity of fish and marine vegetation
  • protect fish habitat
  • facilitate educational activities
  • facilitate scientific research.

This site was an Intertidal Protected Area from 1993 to 2002.

Features

Narrabeen Head Aquatic Reserve was declared primarily to facilitate educational activities on the rocky shore at this site. It complements the nearby Long Reef Aquatic Reserve which is also often visited by school groups. Also nearby, Narrabeen Lagoon provides opportunities to educate students about catchment conservation in this area.

The Coastal Environment Centre at Narrabeen, a facility of Pittwater Council, conducts environmental education activities in the local area.

What can I do in the Aquatic Reserve?

You can line fish and spearfish and collect blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra rubra), rock lobster (eastern rock lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi and southern rock lobster Jasus edwardsii), sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca) and bait weed (Enteromorpha intestinalis) in the reserve, subject to other NSW fishing rules and regulations.

In this reserve it is prohibited to collect cunjevoi or any marine invertebrates except abalone and rock lobster. For example you cannot collect anemones, barnacles, chitons, cockles, crabs, mussels, octopus, oysters, pipis, sea urchins, starfish, snails and worms, whether they are dead or alive. Empty shells cannot be collected in the reserve because they provide homes for living organisms. Marine vegetation cannot be collected except for sea lettuce and bait weed.

Please report illegal or suspect fishing activities to your nearest Fisheries Office or use the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.

Explore the Aquatic Reserve

Narrabeen Head

Narrabeen Headland lies between Turimetta Beach and Narrabeen Lagoon. Photo: Renata Pronk.

Narrabeen Head

The rocky shore is broad and flat, and the rock pools, cracks and crevices provide a variety of habitats for algae, invertebrates and small fish. Photo: Renata Pronk.

Narrabeen Head

Narrabeen Head is an important area for shorebirds, pictured here is a little pied cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), a crested tern (Thalasseus bergii) and two sooty oystercatchers (Haematopus fuliginosus) basking in the midday sun. Long Reef headland can be seen in the distance. Photo: Renata Pronk.

Narrabeen Head

A sea hare (Aplysia dactylomela) forages amongst the rock pools at Narrabeen Head which are inhabited by various different kinds of marine snails and algae. Photo: Renata Pronk.

Getting there

You can get to the reserve via Anzac Avenue and the Narrabeen Head Surf Life Saving Club car park on Pittwater Rd, and on foot via the Greenlink and Bicentennial walkways.

Further information

Please contact us at marine.environment@dpi.nsw.gov.au.