Fresh seafood and live music run Collaroy's gem on the beach.
Pretty much every spot in the Collaroy Hotel gives you a glimpse of the beach. Once known as the Surf Rock Hotel, it was glammed up by the Waugh Hotel Group after a 2014 takeover, but has kept its laidback, friendly vibe.
To get as close as possible to the water (literally one step from the sand), hang out at the Pelican Pavilion, a cafe-style space serving smoothies, juices, breakfasts, brunches and lunches. There are three other menus for satisfying your post-swim cravings: the Beach Bar, the Bistro and the more up-market Dining Room. Quench your thirst with 14 on-tap beers, a bunch of Aussie drops and a European sparkling wine or two.
Importantly, the kitchen closes at 9pm Monday to Sunday, so don't rock up afterwards expecting fish and chips.
Published on January 11, 2016 by Jasmine Crittenden