Collaroy is 22 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Warringah Council. Originally the area was part of Narrabeen but now stands on its own as part of the Northern Beaches region. Collaroy’s famous beach joins with Narrabeen Beach at Wetherill Street making it a 3.4km surf beach. The beach is over seen by four different Surf Lifesaving Clubs including North Narrabeen, Narrabeen, South Narrabeen and Collaroy Surf Lifesaving Clubs.
Pittwater Road running north-south through the suburb is home to the main shopping precinct with local businesses such cafes, restaurants, takeaway bars, a pharmacy, a newsagency, a post office, several hairdressers, a day spa, a YHA youth hostel, real estate agents, Collaroy cinema as well as local clubs “Collaroy Services Club” and “The Collaroy” (formally the Surf Rock Hotel) all operating along this busy road.
With buses running south to the CBD, Manly and North Sydney as well as buses running north to all suburbs from Narrabeen to Palm Beach it is easily accessible by all. The public transport helps with access to both Collaroy Plateau Primary and High School.
Collaroy is home to of one the Salvation Army’s largest conference and outdoor education centres in the Sydney area. The venue caters for up to 440 people and runs fully catered camp programs. Collaroy is home to a local RSL Club known as “The Beach Club” as well as a gold club and a Physical Culture club that offers dance classes for all ages.