Set on the edge of the Port Hacking River and bordering the beautiful Royal National Park, Bundeena is a picturesque coastal village that's within easy reach of Sydney's city centre. The charm-factor here is high, you've got country-style hospitality combined with beaches, secluded bays and bushland.
Things to do
If you like anything to do with water, you're in the right place. The fishing around Bundeena and Deeban Spit in nearby Maianbar is excellent, hire a kayak or go stand-up paddle boarding on your own, or go on a tour with Bundeena Kayaks, and there are lovely sandy beaches including Hordens, Gunyah, Jibbon, Shelley and secluded Marley.
Bring your bushwalking shoes too, as there's more than 100km of walking trails in the Royal National Park to explore. Forest path is an easy 4.4km loop through enchanting rainforest, home to a colourful range of birdlife. Jibbon Head rewards those who climb up with magnificent views of sandstone cliffs and the vast Pacific Ocean.
Aboriginal rock engravings at Jibbon Head include depictions of Gawura the great whale and Baiame the sky spirit. Sydney Coast Walks offers a guided tour of this extraordinary indigenous heritage. For a multi-day adventure, the 26km Coast Track in the national park begins in Bundeena. It can be done in one day, bust most people split it over two days.
Before you take on any trail in the bush, it's important you read these bushwalking safety tips. It's also a very good idea to time your trip to the monthly Bundeena Saltwater Market or one of the many festivals and events in the area, check out the enjoyable events calendar to see what's on and plan your trip.
Some of Sydney’s finest artists and artisans open their studio doors to the public on the Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail, on the first Sunday of the month. Artworks on show and for sale include paintings, drawings, wood carving, decorative and functional pottery, glassware and jewellery.
Eat & drink
Start your day at Driftwood Café or Café Manna for coffee and breakfast. Head to the bistro at the family-friendly Bundeena Bowling Club for Thai food favourites, including tom yum, beef massaman and pad see ew. Finish your day trip on a sweet note with an award-winning treat at The Gelato Factory.
Whether it’s a day trip or short break, getting to Bundeena in southern Sydney is easy. It takes about 90minutes to catch a train from Central Station to Cronulla for a connecting ferry across Port Hacking. A drive from the city centre or Parramatta is about 70 minutes. There are plenty of places to stay, from beachside cottages to B&Bs.