The cape is named for Major-General Thomas Bernard Collinson (1821-1902), a Royal Engineers surveyor in Hong Kong and later in New Zealand, who, then lieutenant, helped survey Hong Kong Island from 1843-46.
Cape Collinson Road runs from Chai Wan up the slope of Pottinger Peak to the east coast until it reaches south of the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution in Tso Tui Wan. Right before reaching the east coast, the road intersects with the connection point of a hiking route running south from Siu Sai Wan Promenade (via Leaping Dragon Walk) to Shek O Country Park and Big Wave Bay (via Pottinger Peak Country Trail). Siu Sai Wan Promenade connects with Cape Collinson Path, another hiking path which runs east near the cape where a lighthouse is erected.
- "Thomas Bernard Collinson (1821-1902)", by Philip Heath
- Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers Vol. 150. Institution of Civil Engineers. 1902.
- "Hiking Scheme", by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
- "Enjoy Hiking", by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Survey and Mapping Office, Lands Department
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