The southern Collaroy Beach (NSW 310d) faces east-northeast and is sheltered from the southerlies, while exposed to summer northeasterlies, with waves usually less than 1 m (Fig. 4.208). It is a popular beach, located on the main Pittwater Road and next to the Collaroy shops. The Collaroy SLSC (founded in... Read more
The southern Collaroy Beach (NSW 310d) faces east-northeast and is sheltered from the southerlies, while exposed to summer northeasterlies, with waves usually less than 1 m (Fig. 4.208). It is a popular beach, located on the main Pittwater Road and next to the Collaroy shops. The Collaroy SLSC (founded in 1911 when two groups of campers called 'The Wombats' and 'The Crows' combined forces to form the club) is surrounded by a large park and car park, with a popular rock pool on the southern rocks. The beach offers a usually lower surf. However summer northeast winds and waves can create strong rips, and big seas bring in the seaweed.
Narrabeen ranges from the more hazardous rip-dominated North Narrabeen to the usually lower waves of Collaroy. However summer northerly seas do induce strong rips at Collaroy. Best is between the flags at the four surf clubs.
Narrabeen is best known for the world famous North Narrabeen break, breeding ground of some of the world's best surfers, including world champions. It is also the site of numerous local, national and international events. North Narrabeen has five waves. A heavy but short left breaking over a ledge on the Point; the Alley rights; the longer North Narra left. The famous long lefts are best in moderate to high northeast swell. In front of the car park is the Carie rights, a fast tubing wave, while further out in bigger south swell is the Narrabeen bombie, which offers both lefts and is now a tow-in site. Beach breaks abound down the beach, with the central Gardens area the most popular, while at Collaroy the smaller waves attract the learners and inexperienced. However during big south-east swell Collaroy Point starts to work with an inside section off the pool called The Kick, and a fuller section off the point.
A very popular beach with rock, inlet and beach fishing at North Narrabeen, and gutters down the beach following high seas. Boats launched at Fishermans beach are also commonly seen on the inshore reefs.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.