Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Learn to surf Cronulla
Learn to surf
About 40 minutes' drive south of the city centre, Cronulla is a relaxed beachside suburb that offers the perfect conditions for surfing. The Cronulla Surfing Academy and Cronulla Surf School have surfing lessons for everyone, beginners to experienced surfers.
Learn to surf Cronulla
Owned and operated by famous Australian surfer Blake Johnston, the Cronulla Surfing Academy has gained a reputation for excellence in surf training. All the coaches are highly experienced, offering lessons that are tailored to suit each student's skill level. Not only will you learn how to perfect the basic techniques of surfing, you'll get an insight into the surfing lifestyle. And most importantly, you'll have fun!
All group lessons are broken down to make sure each participant receives personalised attention from their teacher. Additionally, all the gear you need will be supplied including Ripcurl wetsuits and softboards.
Cronulla Surfing Academy also runs after-school and holiday programs for kids aged 5 17, all taught by highly experienced teachers. Ladies-only classes are also run throughout the year, giving women the opportunity to learn how to surf in a comfortable and supportive environment. Plus there are corporate surfing packages which are perfect for Christmas parties and team-building.
Adrenaline junkies should check out the Cronulla Roller Surfer Package, where you get to experience the uniquely exhilarating art of kite surfing. Kitesports
The best way to explore Kamay Botany Bay National Park, site of Captain Cook's first landing in Australia, is on the water. Join Cruise the Shire and enjoy a relaxing tour that takes in the breathtaking coastal views and ocean views of the Cronulla area. You'll also head by bus to Symbio Wildlife Gardens at Helensburgh to see some of Australia's native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus.
This is the perfect spot for swimming some leisurely laps in a saltwater ocean pool. There are two ocean baths at Cronulla Beach, ideally located with Cronulla Park nearby if you need a shady patch for a picnic.
Royal National Park
The second oldest national park in the world, the "Royal", is located just south of Cronulla and has many beautiful coastal walks, ocean beaches and headlands with panoramic ocean views.
Cronulla Beach has all the essential ingredients of a leisurely, beach lifestyle. It's popular with families enjoying fish'n chips, friends surfing together and enjoying alfresco dining on The Esplanade.