Shiprock was named after a prominent ship-like rock, which forms the headland between Burraneer and Dolans Bay at Port Hacking in southern Sydney. The two-hectare site was declared an aquatic reserve to protect marine plants and animals.
A combination of submarine cliffs, strong currents and oceanic waters provide a diverse environment inhabited by plants, invertebrates and fish.
More than 130 species of fish have been recorded within the aquatic reserve, including sweep, red morwong, hulafish, half-banded sea perch, eastern fortescue, Gunther's wrasse, fan-bellied leatherjacket and estuarine catfish. Each summer as the water warms up, juvenile tropical fish appear. These include butterfly fish, damsel fish, wrasses and the butterfly cod.
What you can do in the reserve
Within the reserve you can SCUBA dive and observe the marine animals and plants.
All forms of fishing are prohibited.
Any activity that involves the collection, disturbance or destruction of marine animal or plants is not permitted, whether dead or alive.