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Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve
South Australia
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Nearest town or city Aldinga Beach.
Established 1 December 1971 (1971-12-01)
Area 6.16 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Managing authorities Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
Footnotes Coordinates
Nearest town
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve is a marine protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in waters adjoining the east coast of Gulf St Vincent including land within the intertidal zone in the suburbs of Aldinga Beach and Port Willunga about 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of the state capital of Adelaide.

It was declared on 30 November 1971 to protect ‘aquatic plants and animals associated with the large intertidal limestone reef and the spectacular precipitous underwater cliff known as the ‘drop-off’ and the surrounding sandy substrate for the purposes of education and recreation’. ‘Fishing and collecting or removing any marine organism is prohibited’, however the following activities are permitted - use of boats, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and walking on intertidal reef exposed at low water. The reserve extends seaward a distance of about 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) around a headland named Snapper Point from Thomas Street, Aldinga Beach in the south and Seaborne Avenue, Port Willunga in the north.

Since 2012, it has been located within the boundaries of a “sanctuary zone” within the Encounter Marine Park.

The aquatic reserve is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.

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