Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Warriewood Beach (NSW 308) extends for another 500 m from the northern cliff face and rocks, that separate it from Mona Vale Beach, to the base of 60 m high Turimetta Head, which trends 700 m to the southeast. The beach is backed by 30-40 m high vegetated bluffs, with access restricted to a steep, narrow road which winds down the southern slopes to a narrow beachfront car park, with overflow parking at the top of the bluffs. A set of stairs connects the top car park with the centre of the beach. A reserve offering excellent beach and ocean views occupies the southern Turimetta Head. The Warriewood SLSC, was established in 1949 and is located on the southern slopes providing members with a superb view up the beach. Turimetta Head affords the beach some protection from southerly waves and winds which cause the beach to curve round to face the east-northeast. Waves average about 1.5 m and a single usually attached bar runs to the north. It is always cut by a permanent rip that flows out over the southern rocks (known as Pot Rock) and a central and usually a northern rip in front of the cliffs (Fig. 4.205).
The Basin usually has low surging waves, while Mona Vale and Warriewood are both rip-dominated beaches, with permanent rips against the rocks. The pool in the north and between the flags is the best location for swimming.
The Basin has a short right in the southern corner during big seas. Mona Vale always has some form of beach break with crowds decreasing down the beach toward the southern break locally called Cooks Terrace, after the backing street. The best break is during north-east to east swell when a good left forms over the reef at the northern end, which also receives slight protection from summer north-east winds. Warriewood is a highly visible and popular spot, which offers some protection from south winds. It usually has beach breaks with a left running into the Point rip. It’s most popular during moderate southeast swell when the southern point offers a fullish right that finally closes out on the bar.
The Basin has rock platforms to either side, while Mona vale and Warriewood offer both beach gutters and bordering rock platforms.
- Formal parking area