Joy at Collaroy
Cool Off at the rock pool
If you have been looking for an accessibility-friendly way to cool off, you can’t go past the beautiful Collaroy rock pool. Located at the Southern end of Collaroy Beach, this 50m pool was created with mobility impairment in mind. It offers easy access via two simple ramps with handrails and boasts beautiful views of a seemingly endless horizon. It also has a smaller pool next to the large one, perfect for the kids.
The main pool is approx. 1.4m at the shallow end and 1.7m at the deep. What’s more is that it is right by the well-known Collaroy Beach, which is fully accessible.
Accessible toilets, picnic areas and level paths are all around for easy mobility. The beach even has two FreeWheeler beach wheelchairs available to borrow, which makes enjoying the beach that much easier.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, we recommend the Sargood hotel. If you have a spinal injury (a prerequisite for staying there), it is a great hotel, specifically designed for the mobility impaired. There are all sorts of activities for people with mobility needs; it is very close to the Collaroy rock pool; they have an undercover accessible car park for guests, and they provide support workers and therapists. Check out their website for more information.
Here is a map of the area with some accessible and partially accessible places currently on WheelEasy.
What Can Be Found Here?
- Free-to-use aqua chair wheelchair available at Collaroy Surf Lifesaving club to use in the rock pool (just as the lifeguards)
- Two free beach wheelchairs for use on the sand also available at Collaroy Surf Lifesaving club.
- Gentle ramp with handrails on both sides down into the water.
- Outdoor showers near the pool.
- Stunning views of the sands, headlands and endless horizons of the beaches of Collaroy and Narrabeen .
- Shallow pool next to the main pool with easy access, great for the kids.
- Accessible playground at Collaroy Beach.
- Accessible shower on the beachside of the Collaroy Surf Lifesaving Club.
- 2x at the Collaroy Beach Surf Life Saving Club (1 including an adult hoist which requires an MLAK key, and 1 that doesn’t). Please note that you need to have your own sling to use the hoist. Refer to FAQs below for more information on MLAK keys.
- 1x at the rock pool (not requiring an MLAK key)
- There is free parking at the large car park near the Surf Club, which includes sections reserved for the mobility impaired.
Is there an aquachair there that I can borrow for the Rockpool?
Yes, there is one that you can borrow from the Collaroy Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (just ask the lifeguards at the beach and they will get them for you).
How do I get there from the Sydney city?
By Bus – It takes approx. 43 minutes by bus from the CBD
By Car – Driving via the A3 takes approx. 48 minutes, or via the A8 takes approx. 38 minutes (but this option has tolls)
What Is an MLAK KEY?
A Master Locksmith Access Key is a key created by the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia, and you can use it to unlock accessible facilities around Australia. You can buy one directly from any master locksmith near you, or order one from the National Support Office by completing this form and returning it via email or post.
Is there an MLAK Key available there for me to borrow?
No, unfortunately you will have to have one before you arrive.