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Couple exploring the Deeban Spit at Bundeena, Sydney
Couple exploring the Deeban Spit at Bundeena, Sydney
Couple walking near Hordens Beach, Bundeena, Cronulla, Sydney.
Friends kayaking with Bundeena Kayaks, Bundeena, Royal National Park
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Sydney South

  • Botany Bay National Park, Sydney South
  • Deeban Spit, Sutherland Shire

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Natural attractions in Sydney South

Take a stroll down one of many beautiful beaches in Sydney’s south. Follow walking trails along the rugged coastline of Kamay Botany Bay National Park or in the beautiful Royal National Park. Along the way, watch for native flora and fauna on rock platforms in sand dunes and freshwater streams.

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Sydney South

Dramatic cliff tops that you can explore on foot, sprawling white beaches, lush rainforest and historic landmarks make this a fascinating part of Sydney to visit year-round. Beachside suburbs include Cronulla, Maroubra and Malabar. On the edge of Royal National Park, you’ll also find Bundeena, just a short ferry ride from Cronulla. Mascot is home to Sydney International Airport as well as excellent factory-outlet shopping.

In the Sutherland Shire, Cronulla Beach is one of Sydney’s icons and an ideal place for a short getaway. Alongside the extensive stretch of sand is a buzzing cafe and restaurant scene, perfect for a hot coffee or leisurely lunch.

La Perouse is where French explorer Comte de la Perouse arrived in 1788. Visit La Perouse Museum to learn about the area’s local history. The museum is also a visitor’s centre with lots of information to help you explore the area.

In the cooler months, check out Sydney South’s delicious food and wine scene, or hop on board one of the area’s many tours. Shoppers will love the monthly Bundeena Markets, which have plenty of souvenirs, crafts and more to catch your eye.

Away from the coast, Mascot is an excellent option for short-stay accommodation near the airport for your stopover in Sydney. You can hire a car or take a scenic flight during your stay here.

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  • Boating, Royal National Park

    Royal National Park

    One of the world’s oldest national parks, The Royal National Park is heritage listed and located between Sydney and Wollongong. With stunning coastline to the east, it makes for a fabulous natural summer playground, and the cooler months offer a chance to hike the park’s many walking trails.

  • Sydney South walking trails

    Walks

    Set off on the pretty Karloo Walking Track from Heathcote train station to the lovely Uloola falls, or the 10km walking and biking Loftus Loop. The Banks-Solander Track is home to many of the native plants found by Captain Cook’s botanists and the Forest Path is an easy, and beautiful, rainforest hike.

  • Cronulla Beach, Cronulla

    Beaches

    Sydney’s south has a rich beach culture. Catch the train to the iconic Cronulla Beach, well known for its excellent surf conditions, or check out the family friendly Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park. Towra Beach and Silver Beach, both at Kurnell, are secluded and peaceful.

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Local areas

  • Bundeena Bundeena is a pretty seaside village, just across the Port Hacking River from Cronulla, Sydney's southernmost beach.
  • Cronulla On the coastline around Cronulla, there are plenty of things to do from surfing and fishing, to hiking, whale-watching or just lazing on uncrowded beaches.
  • Mascot Mascot is an ideal base for a short stay in Sydney or a transit stopover at Sydney Airport, and with easy access to the CBD and Sydney's top attractions.

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