COLLAROY At A Glance
Halfway along the Northern Beaches, Collaroy is the epitome of beachside living. It’s a tight-knit community that’s laid-back and family-friendly, here, your neighbours know your name. It feels worlds away from the big smoke, but offers easy access to the city.
The coastal, outdoor lifestyle centred around Collaroy Beach and the strong sense of community.
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The suburb was named after the SS Collaroy, which ran aground on the beach in 1881 during a storm.
In Collaroy, residents live an active, outdoor lifestyle with the beaches, ocean pool, bushwalks and aquatic reserves right on their doorstep. On the weekends, Collaroy Beach is a hive of activity. Some people soak up the sun and enjoy waterfront barbeques, while others run, swim, surf, windsurf, or snorkel at nearby Fisherman’s Beach.
The same goes for weekdays. The golf club and tennis club also promote an active way of life. Locals are hooked on the suburb’s relaxed, almost holiday feel, and they love taking advantage of it whenever they can.
The ocean aside, Collaroy is well known for its sense of community. The streets are safe and neighbours are kind to each other. Combined with the parks, schools and facilities, the suburb is a very family-friendly place to live.
Pittwater Road is the main commercial precinct, with a good mix of shops, cafés, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment spots, and there are bigger shopping centres in neighbouring suburbs like Dee Why and Narrabeen. For commuters, the city is just 45 minutes away, and easily accessible via buses.
In Collaroy, you’ll find people of all ages from all walks of life who share a love for the relaxed, coastal lifestyle. There are plenty of families with kids, as well as retirees and professionals.
Ask them, and they’ll tell you how they love how Collaroy feels like an escape, even though it’s just 45 minutes from the city. People tend to stay in the suburb for years, and the sense of community is obvious when neighbours greet each other by name.
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The suburb’s pride and joy, Collaroy Beach is as pretty as it is practical. Thanks to its low swells, it has excellent swimming, surfing and windsurfing conditions. It also boasts an ocean pool, a reserve, an enclosed playground, barbeque facilities and an Accessibility Precinct with rock pools and a wheelchair-accessible playground.
Collaroy is a small business haven, and Pittwater Road is the suburb’s shopping and commercial precinct. Stroll down the street, and you’ll pass boutiques, cafés, restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, newsagents, hair salons and a cinema. It’s also home to The Collaroy Hotel and The Beach Club, popular spots to eat, drink and people-watch.
LONG REEF GOLF CLUB
One of the most picturesque courses in Sydney, Long Reef Golf Club has sweeping views all the way to the Central Coast in the north and Manly in the south. The beachfront course offers 18 holes, and attracts keen golfers from everywhere. It’s also a great venue for a leisurely lunch.
Like many suburbs on the Northern Beaches, Collaroy is a high-demand area – and it’s also one of the fastest growing in Sydney. There is a mix of modern and older apartments, townhouses, duplexes and freestanding homes on the market, and plenty of those are on large blocks of land. The absolute beachfront properties often have price tags in the millions, but there is room to move around the suburb. Park Street is picturesque, as are Beach Road, Stuart Street and Anzac Avenue, which is close to the beach and golf course. Jenkins Street is wide, leafy and popular with families, and the hub, Pittwater. Road, is mostly home to apartment complexes.