Tags: fishing, surfing, beach
Collaroy, Sydney's second longest beach runs for 3.2km south from 20m high Narrabeen Head in a long arc to the rocks and low cliff at Collaroy Baths. The beach has two names, Narrabeen in the north and Collaroy in the south. Narrabeen was the name of the daughter of the aboriginal chief at the time of early white settlement in the 1840's, while Collaroy was named after the paddle-wheel steamer of the same name wrecked on the beach in 1884.
There are good swimming conditions. Collaroy surf is excellent for beginners. Good wind surfing in north easterly or south easterly winds.
Collaroy, the longest north shore and Sydney's most patrolled beach offers everything from an inlet, the famous Alley and North Narra surf, to a stretch of long beach usually scarce on people and big on beach breaks, down to the most sheltered and more family orientated. So take your pick but remember, over 200 people are rescued by Collaroy surf club along this beach each year.
You will find on Collaroy:
* Electric barbecues
* Picnic area
* Playground equipment
* Shade structure forms part of the playground
* Toilet and shower facilities
* Disabled toilets are accessible, water resistant wheelchair available from lifeguards
Free parking is available for vehicles displaying Warringah Council parking stickers. The cost for pay 'n' display parking for others is:
* Monday to Friday - $5 an hour or $8 all day
* Weekends - $25 all day
There are some really good restaurants in Collaroy like The Deck or Collaroy beach club both amazingly located on the beachfront.
Major dining locations are Pittwater Road with more than 20 good food restaurants, and South Creek Road.
The area is also famous about the Collaroy centre. It is a camp site located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They have a wide range of exciting activities like Giant Swing, a BMX track, abseiling, archery, plus much more.
Collaroy beach erosion - of the nine beaches in the Warringah, it is Collaroy-Narrabeen that meets with greatest coastal erosion challenges. Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach has experienced a long history of storm damage and coastal erosion. Nationally, the beach is ranked third most at risk area from coastal processes.