So named after Matthew Flinders and George Bass, who sailed through Botany Bay on the Tom Thumb and discovered Port Hacking. A sandstone monument stands in commemoration at the southernmost tip of Cronulla, on the...
Water sports at Cronulla Beach
Cronulla Beach is on the National Surfing Reserves, a register of iconic surfing locations in Australia. The beach, in southern Sydney, is great for riding surfboards, boogie boards and kiteboards. Close to the Royal National Park, you may spot dolphins and turtles swimming near the shore.
Best of Cronulla Beach
A lively and varied beach culture, Cronulla Beach is popular destination and only 50 minutes by train from Central Station in Sydney's city centre. Swimmers, boardriders, bodysurfers and walkers flock to the beach, near the train station. Surf-lifesaving events are regularly held at the beach too.
Truly a great place for water sports, you can take surfboard and bodyboard lessons. There are plenty of other options, from stand-up paddleboarding to kiteboarding to snorkelling. Behind the beach, at Cronulla Park, is a large natural amphitheatre, providing plenty of shade and a playground for kids.
Coffee lovers will enjoy Cronulla's vibrant cafe culture. Walk north along the esplanade, enjoying a spectacular ocean panorama along the way, to a charming ocean pool, where you can enjoy a dip and swim laps, and then the white sands and rolling waves continue on a long stretch around Bate Bay.
Away from the beach, near the Tonkin Street Public Wharf, where you take the ferry to Bundeena, is Gunnamatta Park. With plenty of shade, barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and an enclosed swimming area, it’s perfect for a fun day out with your family.
Cronulla's town centre has plenty to offer. In addition to a selection of shops, Cronulla has some delicious dining options. Choose from all types of cuisines, including Asian, Mexican and Greek, or try local favourite The Old Library, a modern-Italian diner housed in, you guessed it, an old library.
If you want to experience the beautiful Port Hacking and Hacking River, hop on one of Cronulla Ferries' cruises for a champagne breakfast, lunch or sunset dinner. You can also take the ferry to Bundeena, a gateway to the Royal National Park, which is popular for bushwalking and camping.