SYDNEY BEACHES : MONA VALE

For our second beach suburb blog, we’re chosen another Northern Beaches favourite. Welcome to Mona Vale…

ABOUT MONA VALE

Mona Vale is easily accessible, situated as it is, at the junction of Mona Vale Road and Pittwater Road, with Newport to the north and Warriewood to the south. Yet despite it’s accessible location, you’ll find a suburb that is pretty quiet and low key compared to many of the Northern Beaches suburbs, though the beach does get pretty busy in summer.

This is a stunning and peaceful place to live – perfect for families, beach lovers, country lovers, retirees and singles looking for a more relaxed pace.

The suburb is home to 2 primary schools, a high school, 2 supermarkets, some great cafes and restaurants, a bushland reserve and an award winning golf course.

 

SWIMMING AT MONA VALE

Mona Vale beach is actually two separate beaches punctuated by possibly one of the most dramatically positioned ocean pools around Sydney. Perched on a promontory platform of rock, the 25m ocean pool is free to use and there is a smaller pool for children too.

There are some incredible photos of this pool, which is almost completely engulfed by the ocean at high tide, but arguably none more dramatic than this arial pic from Gab Scanu (below right). Seeing the pool from this perspective really gives you a sense of the thrill it is to swim here.

Check the tides before swimming here, especially with little ones.

When swimming in the ocean, please take note, the rolling wages along the southern edge of the rock platform can create an undertow that can be dangerous, or at least problematic for swimmers though the beach’s surf club does operate a patrol right by this area.

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Mona Vale ocean pool, featuring stunning photo from Gab Scanu.

 

ACTIVITIES

BUSHLAND RESERVE

Mona Vale Headland features a bushland reserve and lookout with picnic areas, walking tracks and bush regeneration sites and is home to a wide variety of native birds and wild flowers. The walk here is leisurely with open grassy areas and a scenic lookout point, where you’ll find a few insights into the history and settlement of the area.

 

MARITIME MODEL MUSEUM

Visit the unique Maritime Model Museum, where you’ll find models of such famous vessels as HMS Victory, Soleil Royale, HMB Endeavor, HMS Bounty, a model of The Mayflower built from 12,000 matches, plus over 20 warships and 20 working steam engine models. You can pick up some gifts and souvenirs and enjoy fresh coffee too.

https://maritimemodelmuseum.blogspot.com.au

 

DIVING

If diving is your thing, head to Dive Spear and Sport. You can top up your skills with a wide range of courses and find just about any item of equipment you may need at the online shop. If you are booking a course and you’re not local, these guys even have accommodation available.

 

THE WINNERERREMY BAY PLAYGROUND

AKA Flying Fox Playground) on Pittwater is a great place to visit with kids and has the added benefit of The Flying Fox café right next door to entertain the adults while the kids go crazy on the fox.

www.flyingfoxcafe.com.au

 

APEX PARK

This wonderful park on Seabeach Avenue is, as the location suggests, right by the beach, so it makes a great place to combine a family picnic or barbeque with a swim.

Free parking here too.

 

MONA VALE GOLF COURSE

For golfers, Mona Vale boasts an award winning golf club, right next to the beach.

http://mvgc.com.au/contact/

Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale Headland, Mona Vale Golf Course

Clockwise from top left: Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale Headland, Mona Vale Golf Course

NIPPERS

The Mona Vale Lifesaving Club has been providing vital patrol services since 1922. This is a family oriented club, welcoming all ages and abilities. The club operates Nippers programmes for children aged 5 to 14. Membership covers children within this age group as well as parents or guardians. The club also has two rowing teams and is very competitive at the Surf Lifesaving Carnivals.

Mona Vale Nippers

PLACES TO EAT

COFFEE BROTHERS MONA VALE

A hip boutique coffee spot on Darley St., serving breakfast, house roasted coffee and light meals. Great coffee form award-winning baristas, casual atmosphere and friendly staff.

www.coffeebros.com.au

 

BLACKSMITH MONA VALE

A welcome oasis in the Pittwater Place Shopping Centre. Funky design, more great coffee, healthy food with some good vegetarian options.

www.blacksmithcafe.com.au

 

ARMCHAIR COLLECTIVE

Great little café / homewares shop, serving breakfast, lunch and coffee. A fun place to eat on Darley St.

www.thearmchair.com.au

 

BONZE KIOSK

Calling this place a kiosk undersells it somewhat, though there is a kiosk as part of the café. You can’t beat this spot, right on the beach with light and airy décor and alfresco areas. Food and coffee both excellent.

www.bronzekiosk.com.au

Cafes in Mona Vale

Mona Vale cafes: Top – Coffee Brothers & Blacksmith Mona Vale, Middle – Armchair Collective, Bottom – Bronze Kiosk

 

DINNER

You wont find much in the way of sophisticated fine dining here, but there’s plenty on offer including grills, Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, TexMex, plus a sushi bar and an Austrian restaurant & bierhaus.

 

SCHOOLS

Mona Vale Public School

Co-ed public primary school – yrs K-6

2 Waratah St, Mona Vale, NSW 2103

 

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Co-ed primary catholic school – yrs K-6

 

Pittwater High School

Co-ed public high school – yrs 7-12

 

AND FINALLY

We’ll leave you with a shot of the sun going down over the beach – just because it’s beautiful…

Mona Vale beach evening

BUILDING PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS FOR MODERN HOMES

At Sydney Beach Homes, we’re always on the lookout for building products that are both sustainable and have a limited impact on the environment, but they have to look great too – and stand up to the rigours of the environments in which we invariably build.

It has to be said that we love working with natural building products like slate and timber and it’s hard to ignore their natural beauty, but we do understand that with our clients’ busy lives, keeping on top of these things can be an issue. This is especially true of timber decking, requiring maintenance every 6 months, which is not always appealing.

With this in mind, we’ve found a couple of great new building products that we are delighted to recommend to our clients, which are extremely durable and have the looks to match. Both of these home-grown companies make products specifically for the challenging Australian conditions, often overlooked by overseas brands.

MONIER ELEMENTAL ROOF TILES

Monier has re-invented roofing with their Elemental range, which are manufactured from an advanced fibre reinforced composite, originally developed for the aerospace industry. Monier’s commitment to strength and beauty means Elemental’s ultra-modern appearance will enhance your property while truly protecting you from the elements.

It’s so good to see companies like this creating cutting edge products to inspire the creativity
 of Australia’s architects, designers, builders and families. Its unique aesthetic stimulates exploration with new architectural designs and creative rooflines.

This product is the latest innovation in lightweight composite roofing, with a modern take on classic slate and shingle. Despite its ultra-light weight – 5 times lighter than traditional tiles – it boasts unprecedented strength. The tiles have been designed to withstand ALL the elements the Australian environment may through at us, including harsh sunlight, salty coastal environments, heavy hail and wild storms. It will not rust or dent and will maintain it’s UV colour coating without peeling or flaking.

And they’re cheaper than natural slate.

The Elemental series features an ultra large 1500mm x 750mm panel and a unique 750mm square panel for a contemporary take on the classic look.

We’ve recently selected these tiles for a particular project to achieve the desired Hamptons look of natural slate, but they will work just as well on contemporary styled homes too.

We chose slate grey for this project, but they are also available in 5 other colours.

And these particular building products come with a 30 year performance guarantee – what’s not to love?

Building products for modern homes, Monier roof tiles

MODWOOD DECKING & SCREENING

There are a few composite wood-effect decking solutions on the market, but we have a good feeling about ModWood decking, which uses recycled milk bottles blended with waste wood fibre. Each linea metre of ModWood decking contains around thirty seven recycled bottles and almost two kilograms of reclaimed pine waste, sourced from a certified plantation of sustainably managed pine, in a process that leaves a minimal environmental footprint.

ModWood products will not warp, crack or splinter under normal conditions, and require no sanding, sealing or painting for long term protection. This is a building product that is manufactured Australia and created specifically to withstand Australia’s harsh conditions. They contain a high degree of UV stability and they are highly resistant to weather, moisture and termites.

Underfoot ModWood feels firm and strong, which is very important for elevated decks. A range of colours from a dark brown/black though warmer red tones, to silver grey is available and each colour features a dark intermittent pigment to compliment the grained finish for a more natural appearance.

One thing we love about the ModWood product is that it does undergo some weathering when exposed to the elements, softening over time to a silver grey colour in the manner of natural wood. Boards also have a similar surface temperature to timber, which feels natural to walk on. And as it does not splinter, ModWood is extremely child-friendly, making it ideal for use around pool or spa areas.

It also perfect for creating privacy with screened outdoor areas and contemporary garden features.

The ModWood Marina collection is a bigger, stronger board, designed for marinas, boardwalks, outdoor furniture and heavy duty decking areas. It’s particularly well suited to ecologically sensitive areas, as there are no nasty chemicals that could leach out. It is highly resistant to the ravages of salt air – and it stands up well to heavy foot traffic.

For those living in bushfire zones, there is also a range of Flame Shield options available that are suitable for bushfire prone areas, rated to BAL 40, and all Modwood products come with a 10 year limited warranty.

Building products for modern homes Modwood decking and screening

All in all, two fantastic Aussie products from a couple of refreshingly innovating companies, that the team at Sydney Beach Homes just can’t wait to put to good use for our busy clients looking for a manageable alternative to natural stone and timber.

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