It may seem like every time we go to the beach, I declare 'we've discovered our new favourite' but that’s because when it comes to the the northern beaches of Sydney, we truly are spoilt for choice. This weekend we headed to Collaroy Beach and discovered yet another great family friendly location. 

Our late afternoon at Collaroy Beach was mainly to have an early dinner of fish and chips by the ocean and have a play in the playground. We weren’t planning on swimming as the weather that morning had been a little overcast however, it was a speculator afternoon with blue skies and delightfully warm autumn sunshine. 

Collaroy is similar to Dee Why Beach in that it’s a surf beach with two choices of ocean pools; one being especially designed for young children, and a fantastic playground at the southern end of the beach, along the promenade. However, Collaroy is much quieter, lacking the busy restaurant and cafe scene of Dee Why, but that almost makes it even more appealing for young families. 

The playground is fully fenced and includes a climbing fort, swings, big rope climbing web, see-saws and a merry-go-around thing that every kids wants to go on but gives all the parents heart palpitations. It’s a great playground for all ages but there is plenty to keep a little toddler occupied as well. 

The ocean pools are wonderful; only a short stroll from the playground and car park, making it very easy assessable for prams. There are also concrete steps beneath the rock wall which provide plenty of seating.  If you venture beyond the ocean pools, around the headland, you’ll find another smaller beach with some beautiful tidal rocks pools, perfect for little ones to wade in and explore. We could see ourselves spending a lot of time at these rock pools when we return for a swim. 

We finished the afternoon with fish and chip from The Reef Food Bar, enjoying the sunshine and fresh ocean air (with only a month left of day light savings, it may be our last chance for some early evening sunshine by the beach. ) 



  • Getting There & Parking: Getting to the northern beaches via public transport is rather tricky as there isn't a train line that services the area. The B1 bus will take you from Sydney city to Collaroy or check out the Transport NSW website to plan your trip from another location in Sydney. Driving is the most convenient way and there is a small carpark right next to the beach, between the playground and surf life saving builiding. Parking is 'pay and display'.
  • Public Toilets: Yes - at the Surf Life Saving building - only a short walk from the playground
  • Pram Friendly: We didn't have the pram with us but it would be very easy to puch one down to the ocean pools, along the footpath and there is plenty of space within the playground. 
  • Sun Protection: There are shade cloths over sections of the playground however hats and suncream is highly recommended for the beach. 
  • Dining: There are a few cafes across the street on Pittwater Road like Stay Grounded and The Beach Club is a short walk down the beach front, We loved the fish and chips from The Reef Food Bar but it was a 2 minute drive away. 

Address: Pittwater Road, Collaroy 2097