Mona Vale is effectively two separate beaches separated by a broad ocean rock platform. Waves that roll in along the southern edge of the platform surge into a gully that allows them to break smoothly and with considerable power. The undertow this creates can be troublesome to swimmers, so it’s just as well the gully is right beside the surf club’s patrolled swimming area.
Heading south towards Warriewood, Mona Vale opens up as a series of fun, uncrowded beach breaks known as Cooks Terrace. The bay to the north of Mona Vale proper is called The Basin, and here you’ll find a small right-hand reef break, perfect for cruising on a long board. The Basin tends to be more sheltered than the main beach, however there is no patrolled area. The rock platform which splits the beach in two has a 25 metre ocean-fed lap pool (free entry) and a smaller pool for the children.
The main beach is one kilometres long, very beautiful and great for walking. There is also a cafe located at the Surf Life Saving Club. Close by is a shaded playground and large parking area.
- Good swimming and body surfing conditions
- Strong shore break at times
- Excellent surfing conditions at the north end
- Good surfing breaks along the beach. Best in north easterly winds
- Toilet and shower facilities at surf club
- Accessible toilet access located at surf club
- North end of beach toilet and shower facilities
- Picnic area
- Picnic shelters
- Viewing platform
- Electric BBQs (Apex Park)
- Playground equipment (Apex Park)