Mona Vale Beach (NSW 307) commences at the tombolo and trends south-southwest for 1.1 km to the foot of the 30 m high shale cliff that separates it from its southern neighbour Warriewood. At times the beach builds out in front of the cliffs and the two beaches are joined.... Read more
Mona Vale Beach (NSW 307) commences at the tombolo and trends south-southwest for 1.1 km to the foot of the 30 m high shale cliff that separates it from its southern neighbour Warriewood. At times the beach builds out in front of the cliffs and the two beaches are joined. The Mona Vale SLSC (founded 1922) is located at the northern end and is backed by a large car park, park and picnic areas, with the rock pool shared with The Basin. The centre of the beach is backed by Mona Vale golf course, while on the southern slopes is Mona Vale Hospital. When the surf club was formed much of the northern area was covered by low sand dunes. These have now been stabilised and much of the area developed for residential housing and units. Wave height averages 1.5 m along the beach producing a single bar that is usually attached and cut by 5-6 beach rips. In the north a permanent rip runs out past the pool over submerged rocks, with rips also located beside rocks 300 and 600 m down the beach. It is therefore important to stay between the flags, on the bar and away from the rocks and reefs. During and following high waves the bars often detach and a continuous trough runs along the beach.
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.Read less
Large unexpected waves
Accessible Rock Platforms
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw307