Cronulla Beach Lifestyle
Whether you want to spend the day relaxing on a soft, sandy beach or riding world-class surf breaks to get your adrenaline pumping, Cronulla has something for you. There’s a reason that this beautiful stretch of coastline attracts sunbakers, swimmers and surfers in equal measure as well as local wildlife including dolphins.
The beach culture here is an inclusive one that welcomes all ages and abilities. Whether you’re here for a picnic in pretty parklands by the Esplanade, to spot turtles and dolphins frolicking by the shore, to take part in a surf life-saving event or even harboring hopes to become the next world surfing champion, then you’re in the right place.
Things to do in Cronulla
A seaside path connects Cronulla Beachto North Cronulla Beach, creating one large swathe of coastline. From North Cronulla you can walk along the sand to the smaller Elouera Beachand Wanda Beach. Cronulla’s beaches are National Surfing Reserves, part of a register of iconic surfing locations in Australia.
This is where former world champion surfer Mark Occhilupo learnt how to surf and so can you. Lessons are available at a number of venues, including Surfing Cronulla Surfschool, Cronulla Surfing Academyor Bodyboard Academy, all of which offer classes for children and adults at all levels.
You’ll find plenty more things to do, from stand-up paddle boarding to snorkelling. Go swimming in the rock pools along the esplanade at the north and south ends of Cronulla Beach if you fancy calmer waters or to discover what lies beneath. See why divers make a beeline for the crystal-clear waters off Oak Park Beach.
Cronulla Wharf is the launching pad for the ferry which will take you to pretty Bundeena and the Royal National Park. Nearby Gunnamata Park has plenty of shade, barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and an enclosed swimming area, making it popular with families looking for a fun day out.
Eating and drinking in Cronulla
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, including the Greek-leaning Ham café, Blackwood Pantry which serves craft beer alongside contemporary café fare, upscale Thai at Alphabet St and Middle Eastern food and live music at the Brass Monkey, a local institution.
For those that expect an ocean view with their meal, Summer Salt Restaurant, Zimzala Restaurant and Sealevel all offer modern Australian fare with a focus on seafood as well as fantastic vistas over the water. For something more casual, pick up fish ‘n chips at one of the many takeaway places and eat them on the sand.
Getting to and staying in Cronulla
One of Cronulla’s biggest attractions is that it’s the only Sydney beach directly accessible via train, which means you don’t have to worry about battling traffic or finding a parking spot. It’s a 50 minute ride from Central Station. You’ll find accommodation options, from B&Bs to hotels, which suit all kinds of budgets.