Avalon Ocean Pool

Avalon, Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW, Australia

Avalon is one of Sydney’s wildest beaches with a man-made rockpool to match. Far along the winding road that reaches toward Sydney’s northernmost tip, the coastline here is open to the ever-changing moods of the ocean. Even when the surf is at its biggest you can enjoy the sound and spray of the crashing waves whilst feeling, secure and protected in the safety of the rockpool. Behind its protective railing, this is a small pocket of solitude between the vast ocean and sandstone cliffs. As you bob around surrounded by numerous other natural rock pools you can see far across the expansive length of Avalon beach right across to the northern headland that stretches out into the Pacific Ocean. It’s an inspiring yet tucked away place that gives you an awesome view of the endless ocean.

How to get there

The Avalon Rockpool is at the Southern end of Avalon Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The pool is a short walk from the car park on Barrenjoey Road.


1/10 – Pool can be accessed with a one minute walk from the car park and directly from the Southern end of the beach.

Opening Times/Seasons

The pool is open all year around. Swimming enclosures around Pittwater may be limited on low tides.

Entrance Free

Free. Display parking nearby.

Facilities Nearly

BBQ, toilets, skate bowl, picnic area, children’s playground, cafes and shops.

Other Activities

Ocean swimming, barbecue, surfing, fishing, shopping.

Other Places of Interest Nearby

Drop in for a coffee at the Surf Life Saving Club or head down to the Avalon shops. You’ll find a range of tiny outlets as well as plenty of funky cafes.


This is a favourite place of water birds, and the Pittwater area is famous for all kinds of animals from fairy penguins to bandicoots. You never know what you’ll find.

Places to Eat

Just moments from Avalon Beach are a range of boutique shops and eateries. After a long swim (perhaps followed by a Northern Beaches yoga session) you’ll have a range of places to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy a gourmet pizza at Cranzgots, fresh seafood at Café Ibiza or dine finely at Starfish Avalon . The Raj of Taj also offers great Indian food near the beach.

Where to camp:

As Avalon is within Sydney there are not a lot of camping spots nearby. The Basin is a beautiful walk-in campsite within the National Park probably a 20 minute drive from the beach. You can also stay at Sydney Lakeside NRMA Holiday Park in North Narrabeen, a few beaches south of Avalon. They provide powered campsites as well as a range of cabins, villas and bungalows to choose from.

Other places to Stay

You’ll find plenty of places to stay on Sydney’s Northern beaches from hotels to private stays. There’s no shortage of residents in the area renting out accommodation of all sizes for those looking for a stay within walking distance of Avalon Beach. Whale Beach has a number of gorgeous bed and breakfasts.

Nearby Towns

Newport, Clareville, Church Point, Palm Beach, Mona Vale

Other Swimming Spots Nearby

Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Bilgola Beach, Saltpan Cove, Newport Beach


A rocky beauty that captures the spirit of Sydney’s Northern beaches and its wild views.

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