Mona Vale is a suburb in northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 28 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of Pittwater Council. Mona Vale is also part of the Northern Beaches region.
Traffic along the freeway in the morning was still slight but already heavy when we went home around 6pm.
We had our first stop at the Bahai temple which is visible along the freeway; I mean their towering house of worship. It’s a lovely place, well landscaped with a forested land on its background, with some few caretakers in the compound including those at the information/visitors building. They were the people who met and oriented, shared brochures regarding their religion and told us what to be found inside the compound. We had few photos taken here including inside their temple of worship.
The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.
We continued our trip down the road until we reached the Winnereremy Bay Parkland of Mona Vale where we got off. The park was full and the car park needs ticketing, also full. We had our lunch here just right on an open space in between two trees facing the beach front dotted with boats.
The Parkland itself is located on Mona Street at Mona Vale and contains barbeques, picnic shelters, bike paths, open grass areas and a beach. There were plenty of open spaces to throw a ball or fly a kite, whatever your preference.
The Park also caters for adults with the inclusion of the 'child friendly' Flying Fox Cafe which allows parents to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee or easy lunch while the kids have fun.
A first class playground facility has been built in this Regional Park. The Playground caters for young children in a dedicated tiny tot’s area and older children in a separate playground. Part of the playground is covered with shade sails. The playground also has a dry creek bed/adventure trail which contains stone carvings of sea creatures such as crabs, fish, dolphins and starfish, Flying Fox, Space Net, Skate areas, Snakes & ladders, Spica Poles and Spring Rockers.
After lunch, we toured the area, went to the other side of the park, where most dog lovers do train and bath their pets into the shallow beach waters.
At around two in the afternoon we decided to go to Palm Beach.
Palm Beach is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Palm Beach is located 41 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Pittwater Council, in the Northern Beaches region. Palm Beach sits on a peninsula at the end of Barrenjoey Road, between Pittwater and Broken Bay.
The beach was rough, big waves and is indeed conducive for surfing. The playgrounds are attractive and cater to the needs of the children. Houses along the beach are big as this place is the favorite location for Hollywood actors/actresses to hang on; some of them even have bought their houses here.
Another attraction of the place is the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, setting about 100 meters above sea level. We decided to climb this at around 3pm. The narrow path on the way up is rocky, steep, and some part of it were wet. Our ladies in our group had a hard time climbing the rugged path; it’s a really breath gasping climb! Most women and older people had to station themselves to catch their breath up, took a rest for a while in many instances.
The younger ones, the teenagers easily climbed the whole trek with glee and easiness. Finally, we reached the top of the mountain, and there stood the Lighthouse!
It’s a good place for a beautiful lookout of the sea, and the whole Palm Beach area! A nice plateau was set up here to sit on while looking at the ocean view and its surrounds and of course this huge lighthouse.
That’s why, people were fascinated and had their endurance tested on the way up because of the wonderful, lovely view out there.
So, if you don’t have the knack of rock climbing and the endurance, better not venture into visiting the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, the beautiful beach would suffice for your relaxation needs...
On our way back home, we had our dinner at the St Ives Showground/Park, Ku-ring-gai. Well, it was a wonderful weekend indeed! We compromised this trip with some friends because it was my wife’s birthday, too.
Sunset at St Ives Showground/Park, Ku-ring-gai, north of Sydney