Mona Vale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Mona Vale Beach cafe rock pools

I’m just a little bit in love with Mona Vale beach, is it one you know too?

It’s special for me because it’s where I did my ocean swimming with Can Too last summer, and reignited a long dormant love of adventures on the ocean.

It really had been a long time (and four children) since my last watery adventures, and since I last felt so exhilerated... and so scared at times too.

The first time we did our ocean swimming at Mona Vale, a pod of dolphins came and swam alongside us.

What can I say? Thank you, you gorgeous dolphins.

Mona Vale beach ocean swim Can Too

Here we are getting a briefing before one of our weekly swims

Mona Vale beach swimming Can Too

And in we go… yippeeeeee

Mona Vale beach WS 2

Mona Vale beach on a very busy summer day


Mona Vale Beach

Surfview Road, Mona Vale

You get two beaches for the price of one at Mona Vale.

To the north is The Basin, a rounded bay edged with cliffs. The Basin tends to be more sheltered than the main beach which can be quite wild. However there is no patrolled area with flags in The Basin.

There is a wide rock platform in between the two beaches and this is the part of the beach my twins love best. They love to grub around in the rock pools and splash about in the rock pools.

The main beach is 1km long, very beautiful and great for walking with kids. But do stick to splashing between the flags, the waves and rips can be fierce here.

Trust me, I know. 

Cafes: Bronze Kiosk is at the SLSC building.

Toilets: SLSC block has changing rooms, showers and toilets, has all-ability toilet

Shade: Not on the beach

Playground: Yes, across the road see Apex Park Playground review and photos here.

Shark net: No

Parking: Pay carpark by the beach

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Extra: Make a big day out of it by visiting Mona Vale beach and then visitingFlying Fox park and playground.

Mona Vale WS north to pool

Looking towards rock pool and rock platform from main beach

Mona Vale beach rock pools

Twins grubbing around in rock pools at low tide

Mona Vale Cafe

Bronze Kiosk at the SLSC

Mona Vale beachrock pool WS

Swimmers in the rock pool doing laps

Mona Vale beach rock pool

Kids messing about in the rock pool

Why am I posting about beaches in Sydney’s wintertime?

I don’t know!

Look I just saw the photos and remembered how fantastic last summer’s Saturdays were at Mona Vale. I’ll be back there from early November, swimming out beyond the breakers with my Can Too friends.

Come and join us, do!

Are you thinking about summer and swimming in the sea already?

Any other info you can pass on to families about Mona Vale Beach?



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Posted on: July 24, 2019


  • Reply July 24, 2013

    Mairi Stones

    Seana, it looks lovely and the words that stood out for me were “I last felt so exhilarated”. I could do with a little bit of that. been treading water too long!!! Love
    Mairi X

    • Reply July 25, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes, I loved the fear… well, loved when it was over anyway. We must have got used to a bit of adventuring on the seas when we were little Mairi. I miss popping over to your blog, by the way.

  • Reply July 24, 2013


    Wow! What a beautiful place!

    • Reply July 25, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hi Rita, yes, it is lovely. It’s a cliche I know, but we are very spoiled here in Sydney. Will pop over for a visit to see you soon, it’s been too long… and you’ve reminded me that I must find my knitting!

  • Reply July 27, 2013


    It’s a lovely beach and the rock pools are great with the kids. I’ve had many days on MV beach. Ocean swimming is very therapeutic and it’s so important for mothers to have something they do that’s very own xx

  • Reply July 29, 2013

    Desire Empire

    It sure is a fabulous beach with some really good cafe action surrounding it as well. My dad and I used to come down from the north shore for breakfast on Mona Vale Beach. It was a family tradition that I remember very fondly.

  • Reply January 27, 2014


    Hmm.. Saturday swimming should be a habit with my growing family. I will include this beach on the list to visit. Nice post!

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