Ah, another lovely day on Sydney’s Northern Beaches! Avalon is always a bit of an escapist fantasy for me. As well as the magnificent beach and rock pool, there’s such a lovely little shopping village, full of cute shops and groovy cafes.
There’s a bit of Byron Bay about Avalon, must be a splendiferous place to live.
Avalon Beach + Rock Pool
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
Avalon Surf Lifesaving Club website.
Avalon is a well known surf beach, beloved by locals and visited by surfers from far and wide. The surf lifesaving club is in a lovely old building on the beach. The swim-between-the-flags flags are generally set out in front of the SLSC.
At the southern end of the beach is the best spot for younger children. There are lots of rocks to explore and play amongst and there’s heaps of space on the sand to play.
The rock pools for swimming are here too, there is a large rock pool and a smaller, shallow children’s rock pool. Both are showing the years of wear and tear but they do the job very nicely indeed.
Don’t be put off by the high wire fencing, it doesn’t look pretty but it is stopping rocks and stones from tumbling from the cliffs into the pools.
My children love splashing in the pools and even doing laps in the big pools. But their favourite place to play is amongst the nooks and crannies of the rocks. There are crabs to chase and stones to shift from one place to another. Often they have made friends with other kids and all worked together to build some magnificent structure. With added seaweed!
Cafe: Yes, the Beach House Avalon cafe is at the surf club, with FAB views and usual beach cafe fare
Toilets: Yes, change rooms at SLSC
Shade: On reserve there is shade from trees, but little by rockpool or on sand until the afternoon.
Rock pool: Yes
Playground: Yes, small play structure on the reserve
Mum’s Report: The combination of playing amongst the rocks and the rockpools and swimming and splashing in the rock pool swimming pool itself make a visit here just lovely. We rarely used to go to the beach itself to swim in the waves when the kids were little. Now they are older they do go to the flags to boogie board. It won’t be long before they are joining their dad out in the surf.
Parking: Car park in front of SLSC.
Bus Stop: Yes