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Collaroy - Wheeler Heights

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Collaroy - Wheeler Heights is 16,343, with a population density of 33.73 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Collaroy - Wheeler Heights is bounded generally by Lantana Avenue, Veterans Parade, Edgecliffe Boulevard and Wetherill Street in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Dee Why Lagoon, Pittwater Road and South Creek Road East in the south, and generally by Parkes Road, Penrith Avenue, South Creek Road and the South Creek in the west.

Name origin

Collaroy is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "long swamp reed" or "big reeds", or after the steamer which ran ashore on the beach.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place during the interwar period, although development was minimal until the post-war years. Significant growth occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased slightly between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly high density housing. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Collaroy - Wheeler Heights is an established residential area, with a commercial area along Pittwater Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Long Reef Golf Club, Collaroy Beach, Fishermans Beach, Long Reef Beach, Collaroy Rock Pool, Long Reef Point, Laterite Lookout, McLean’s Lookout, Redbed Lookout, Salvation Army Conference Centre, Collaroy Shopping Centre, Wheeler Heights Shopping Centre, Anzac Avenue Reserve, Collaroy Plateau Playing Fields, Edgar Gornall Wildflower Gardens, Griffith Park and a number of schools.

Included areas

This small area includes the suburbs of Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau and Wheeler Heights.