Sydney South


Cronulla Beach and Captain Cook

Take a train from the city centre to Cronulla and relax on gorgeous Cronulla Beach, a short walk from the station. From Cronulla, you can take a bus to the historic place where Aboriginal people first encountered Captain James Cook and his Endeavour crew in 1770.

  • Walking along Garie Beach. Photo by National Parks and Andy Richards
  • The Coast track, Royal National Park. Photo by National Parks and Andy Richards

Family day trip ideas for Sydney's south

From beautiful beaches to historic landmarks to the Royal National Park, discover the wonderful attractions and events in Sydney's south on a family day trip. An easy way to get to beachside Cronulla is by train from the city centre. The train journey takes less than an hour.

By using Opal cards on public transport, you'll enjoy daily travel caps and the $2.50 per person Sunday cap. Unless you're a senior or pensioner, your Opal cards cannot be used on private ferry services between Cronulla and Bundeena, a gateway to the Royal National Park.

Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park

At Cronulla Beach, enjoy family picnics and kids will love the playgrounds in beachside parks. Walk along the esplanade from the southern part of the beach, past ocean baths and rock platforms, to the northern part of the beach. Kids can learn to surf at accredited surf school, too.

To visit Captain Cook's Landing Place, take the 987 bus from Cronulla Station to Kurnell. Stroll from this historic landmark to the Kurnell Visitor Centre, where you'll find a walking trail to Cape Solander Lookout, a great place for whale watching in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. From May to November, thousands of whales migrate near the spectacular Sydney coast.

View to Bare Island,  Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo by National Parks and Andy Richards

For Bundeena, take the private ferry to service the pretty village, where Bundeena Kayaks offers kayaking tours or you can hire kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. You can enjoy scenic bushwalks into the Royal National Park, among the oldest national parks in the world, bordering Bundeena.

  1. Cape Solander

    Want to go whale watching in Sydney? Cape Solander is undoubtedly one of Sydney's best whale watching spots.June/July is the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate to warmer waters. If you’re lucky...

  2. Cronulla Beach

    Cronulla, derived from an Aboriginal word kurranulla meaning 'place of pink seashells', is located on the Bate Bay coastline in Sydney's south. It is the only Sydney beach that can be reached by train, meaning you can...

  3. Kamay Botany Bay National Park

    Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located at Kurnell and La Perouse in Sydney. Explore the historic Captain Cook's landing place on a school excursion, to learn about the rich Aboriginal history and cultural...

  4. Royal National Park

    A day trip or school excursion to Royal National Park in Sydney's south, will offer plenty of opportunities for barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, birdwatching and whale watching.Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal...

  5. Sydney Tramway Museum

    Sydney Tramway Museum provides a nostalgic and educational insight into the lifestyle of Sydneysiders during the 100 year period of tramway operation from 1861 to 1961, with trams running, plus restoration works-in...

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