(Image taken in March 2002. Author’s own collection.)
Located off Surfview Road at the northern end of the beach. The 25-metre Mona Vale Rock Pool is located on a rock outcrop right in the middle of the beach on the rockshelf between Bongin Bongin Bay and Mona Vale Beach. It’s Pay & Display parking here. Lights for night swimming or fishing.
This pool is a popular subject for photographers.
Seabeach Avenue, Mona Vale, NSW, 2103 Australia
(Latitude South 33 degrees 40 minutes 43 seconds, Longitude East 151 degrees 19 minutes 00 seconds)
The area takes its present name from a farm located close to the beach in the 1820s.
Warringah Shire was formed in 1906.
Mona Vale was only sparsely populated in 1922 when the Mona Vale surf club was established on land donated by its first president, Olympic swimmer Fred Lane.
Calling of tenders for making baths in Brock’s rocks at Mona Vale, where a natural rock pool already existed had to be delayed until a strip of sea-front land had been set aside as a reserve.
Advertisements stated that ‘Dee Why, Collaroy, Mona Vale, Newport and Avalon’ each have ‘large swimming pools excavated in the rocks, which are the joy of the younger generation’. The natural rock pool was enlarged as part of the Unemployment Relief scheme. Cutting the pool deeper into the rock shelf allowed good entry and exit of water, while the wide rock shelf protected the pool from wave action.
The Ladies Amateur Swimming Clubs from Mona Vale and Dee Why competed for the Warringah Shire Cup. During World War II A large number of troops camped in the area and used the baths.
The surrounds of the wading pool were recapped.
Pittwater Council was formed to administer what had been the northern part of Warringah Shire.
As part of the lead-up to the 2001 National Winter Swimming Championship in the indoor pool at the Warringah Aquatic Centre, the host winter swimming club, the Pittwater Pirates, staged a ‘Dash for Cash’ event at the Mona Vale rock pool that attracted 120 swimmers.