Mona Vale is the ideal base for visitors who want to swim or surf Sydney’ northern beaches, to fish or to explore the region’s bush and still-waterways. On the oceanside, Mona Vale is flanked by a chain of surfing beaches and partly-protected bays, while it is bound by Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai Chase to the north and by the Narrabeen Lakes to the south. Both Pittwater and the Cowan Creek system which meanders through Ku-ring-gai Chase give access to the Hawkesbury and Broken Bay which separates the Manly Warringah peninsular and northern beaches from the Central Coast tourist region. Off Narrabeen Park Parade, the Recreation Reserve on the bluff dividing Mona Vale and Warriewood beaches, presents a peerless view over the coast, Mona Vale beach and golf course and beyond to glimpses of Pittwater, shimmering through gaps in the hills. When the sea breezes blow, hang-gliders flock to the reserve to launch themselves into flight off the headland.