Mona Vale headland forms the northern boundary of a 2.5 km wide east-facing embayment that contains three near continuous beaches (NSW 306-308) (Figs. 4.203 & 4.204), with the prominent 60 m high Turimetta Head forming the southern boundary. The northern beach, The Basin (NSW 306, also called Bongin Bongin) is... Read more
Mona Vale headland forms the northern boundary of a 2.5 km wide east-facing embayment that contains three near continuous beaches (NSW 306-308) (Figs. 4.203 & 4.204), with the prominent 60 m high Turimetta Head forming the southern boundary. The northern beach, The Basin (NSW 306, also called Bongin Bongin) is located between the base of the head and an intertidal rock reef, 200 m to the south. The 300 m long beach curves in an east-facing arc between the boundary rocks. Its embayed location, plus submerged reefs across the entrance lower waves to about 0.5 m, which maintain a steep, cusped reflective beach. The beach is backed by several beachfront houses and apartments, with access at either end. A rock pool is located on the reef, accessible across the sand tombolo, which ties the reef to the shore.
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
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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: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw306