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Moonee Beach Nature Reserve is accessed from the Pacific Highway 23km north of Coffs Harbour via Sandys Drive from Sandy Beach. Look At Me Now Headland is reached from the Pacific Highway 20km north of Coffs Harbour via Dammerels Road from Emerald Beach. Moonee Creek is reached from the Pacific Highway 13km north of Coffs Harbour via Moonee Road.
Found in the reserve are Little Bent-wing Bats, Koalas, Goannas, White-breasted Sea Eagles, Ospreys and Brahminy Kites.
The reserve was once home to members of the Gumbaynggir Aboriginal people and middens and other evidence of their occupation remain. Also a number of historical sites associated with European occupation are to be found in the reserve including a cemetery for those that died in a shipping accident in 1886 and a memorial to the Dammerel family who operated the signal station in the area. The remnants of a gold mining operation can also be found on Diggers Point.
Look At Me Now Headland:
A small track of 200m length leads to Moonee Lookout. The historic sites on Dammerels Headland can be reached by small tracks from Shelly Beach or Lighthouse Crescent.
This walk begins from the Sandy Beach Reserve and crosses Bare Bluff to Fiddamans Beach and Diggers Point. Here the visitor can view the remains of gold fossicking that occurred in the 1880s.
At low tide Moonee Creek can be crossed to allow access to the southern part of the reserve.
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