From beautiful sandy beaches to world-class surf breaks, Cronulla is only 50 minutes by train from Central Station in the city centre. Swimmers, sunbakers, boardriders, kitesurfers, bodysurfers and picnickers flock to the beaches, where you might spot dolphins and turtles frolicking near the shore.
You’ll discover a vibrant and varied beach culture, from surf-lifesaving events to all kinds of surfers carving up the waves, from surf shops to seaside restaurants, hip cafes and bars, and beachside parks perfect for family picnics. A seaside path connects Cronulla Beach to North Cronulla Beach.
You can walk along the soft sands from North Cronulla to Elouera Beach and Wanda Beach. The beaches of Cronulla are National Surfing Reserves, a register of iconic surfing locations in Australia. Former world champion surfer Mark Occhilupo learnt how to surf as kid growing up in the area.
You too can learn how to ride waves. Lessons are available with Surfing Cronulla Surfschool, Cronulla Surfing Academy and the Bodyboard Academy, which is run by six times Australian bodyboarding champion Lilly Pollard. All the schools offer various classes for kids and adults.
You’ll find plenty more things to do, from stand-up paddleboarding to snorkelling and diving. Along the esplanade north and south of Cronulla Beach are rocks pools for swimming. At Shelly Beach is a park with public barbecues. The crystal-clear waters off
Away from the beaches is Gunnamatta Park, near Cronulla Wharf where you take the ferry to Bundeena and the Royal National Park. With plenty of shade, barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and an enclosed swimming area, it’s another delightful spot for a fun family day out.