Narrabeen-collaroy - Beach in Narrabeen Warringah NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Narrabeen-collaroy NSW

Narrabeen-Collaroy beach (NSW 310) is Sydney's second longest beach. The 3.6 km long beach curves in a gentle east-facing arc between 20 m high Narrabeen Head in the north to rocks and low cliff at Collaroy Point, with beachfront houses and apartments backing much of the beach (Fig. 4.206). The... Read more

Narrabeen-Collaroy beach (NSW 310) is Sydney's second longest beach. The 3.6 km long beach curves in a gentle east-facing arc between 20 m high Narrabeen Head in the north to rocks and low cliff at Collaroy Point, with beachfront houses and apartments backing much of the beach (Fig. 4.206). The northern Narrabeen end was named after the daughter of the aboriginal chief at the time of early white settlement in the 1840s, while the southern Collaroy end was named after the paddle-wheel steamer ‘Collaroy’ wrecked on the beach in 1884. Collaroy Beach was a weekenders and campers haven in the early part of the century.The beach faces the east and receives increasing protection to the south from 36 m high Long Reef Point which protrudes 2 km out to sea. Waves average 1.5 m at North Narrabeen, 1-1.5 m down to South Narrabeen surf club, and drop to less than a metre at Collaroy. The beach responds by having a continuous bar the length of the beach cut by 17 rips on average. However the size and intensity of the rips increase to the north, with the famous Alley rip running out against the North Narrabeen rock pool. The entrance to Narrabeen Lagoon also exits into the sea against these rocks making for an extra strong rip as the tides falls and the lagoon drains. Down the beach the rips persist, with the intervening bars attached to the beach except during and following high waves. Along Collaroy Beach the rips often infill, particularly during winter, and the bar is attached to the beach. However in summer northeast conditions will form rips down to Collaroy often with a strong southward drag.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Collaroy SLSC

Warringah Council Lifeguard Service

South Narrabeen SLSC

South Narrabeen (Lifeguards)

Narrabeen Beach SLSC Inc

Narrabeen (Lifeguards)

North Narrabeen SLSC Inc.

Warringah Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

Narrabeen, NSW 2101

Includes beaches:
North Narrabeen, Narrabeen, South Narrabeen, Collaroy

Length:
3.65km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw310

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Thursday 24, May 4:22 am

Day 20°    Night 11°
11.1°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly below 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly early in the morning then tending southerly 10 to 15 knots in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

3 am
1.50m
10 am
0.19m
4 pm
1.46m
10 pm
0.39m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 25, May

Day 19°    Night 13°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

4 am
1.51m
10 am
0.19m
5 pm
1.60m
11 pm
0.33m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:10 pm


Weather

Thu 24, May to Thu 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the evening.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide


UV

Thu 24th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:10 pm
Sat 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:10 pm
Sun 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm

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.

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