New South Wales, Sydney
One of the softest waves in Sydney, Collaroy Beach also provides excellent shelter from big south swells. As Collaroy is one of only a few sheltered spots in Sydney that is easier for riding a longboard during big swells it can get very crowded. Good surf awareness and surfing etiquette is a must when surfing here to maintain what is generally a good vibe in the water.
Whilst the waves are soft, it is important to note that this spot is only suitable for beginners when the waves are small and the crowds few. Beginner surfers will find Collaroy extremely challenging when the surf is big, as this is when crowds increase, the shore break waves dump on the beach and a long paddle out in deep water, negotiating multiple waves being ridden by other surfers, just to get out to the line up is required.
Long rides, mostly rights, spill over the reef and sandbar beside the pool in the southern corner (watch out for rocks). On waist to chest high surf days, progressing and experienced surfers (along with some highly skilled little kids) can be seen catching super long, green walls to the beach.
The waves further up the beach past the surf club tend to dump on shallow sandbars and can be dangerous on all but the smallest of surf days. If the surf is flat here and the wind is up from the north east, check out Long Reef over the headland or Freshwater Beach to the south. If it's flat and the wind is from the south, check out Dee Why corner (best on higher tides), the south end of Manly or South Palm Beach.
Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Best on small North to East swells, and moderate South East to South swells.
- Rip Currents
- Marine life
The car park is located at the southern corner of the beach.
Patrolled daily from September to the end of the Easter school holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Beginners & kids are best to surf when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.
Located behind the surf club.
Cafés, take away shops, restaurants and a supermarket is located across the road from the beach, along with Wicks Surf Shop.