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Collaroy Plateau West Name Origin
The name Collaroy is aboriginal for 'big reeds', and the suburb began its life as part of Narrabeen. In 1881, the steamer 'Collaroy' ran aground on Long Reef at the southern point of the suburb. Crowds came from all around the district to see the wreck that subsequently gave its name to the suburb.
Collaroy Plateau West 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 and dwelling stock fluctuated during the 1990s, and then were relatively stable between 2001 and 2011.
Collaroy Plateau West Features
Major features of the area include Collaroy Plateau Park, Edgar Gornall Wildflower Gardens, Edgecliffe Reserve, Parkes Road Reserve, McLean’s Lookout, Augusta Centre and one school.