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Collins Flat Beach

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas


Updated: 30/07/2014 05:00 PM

“We had such a romantic day here. We rolled out the picnic blanket, popped open a bottle of wine and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, before dipping in for an afternoon swim.”

With its scenic harbour views, Collins Flat Beach, just north of Sydney city and nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is an idyllic spot for a romantic picnic.

Whether you’re swimming in the calm waters or nibbling on gourmet snacks from a hamper for two, this hidden beach, with a breathtaking view across The Heads, feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

With Q Station just a short drive away, you could even end off your romantic day out with an overnight stay at this beautifully restored heritage accommodation.


Getting there

Getting there:

Collins Flat Beach is in the North Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Darley Road through Manly past the hospital
  • Veer right through the stone arch and turn right onto Collins Beach Road
  • A free Hop Skip & Jump Bus to Little Manly is available from outside Manly Council Chambers
  • Bus services stop nearby; contact 131500 for more information.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available for three vehicles near Collins Flat Beach. Additional parking is available at Little Manly Point at the end of Stuart Street, a short 200m walk from Collins Flat Beach.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Carpark
  • Venue

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water if you’re planning a picnic
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • If hiring Collins Flat Beach for a function, please be aware you can’t book it for exclusive use. Please visit the OEH venues for hire page for more information.

Wheelchair access:


Disabled parking is available (one space only).


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman, Phone: 02 9960 6266

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Bradleys Head improvement works (Ends Friday 22 August)

Work is being undertaken to improve access from the lower carpark and toilets to the mast and headland. During this period we ask visitors to follow signage and verbal directions from the work team. Walkers may experience minor delays or detours around the track whilst improvement works are in progress.
Locations affected: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
North Head, Middle Head, Georges Head and Bradleys Head from sunset to sunrise (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Pest management activities are being conducted throughout the normal park closure period of sunset to sunrise Wednesday 30 11 July 2014. Please abide by all Park Signage.
Locations affected: Georges Head, Military relics at Bradleys Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Athol Hall, North Head, Collins Flat Beach, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Obelisk Beach, Cobblers Beach, North Head Sanctuary carpark, North Head carpark, Ashton Park

Collins Flat Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government