If you’re looking for a place in Australia that literally has it all, Sydney will be the place to be.
Deep blue harbour, amazing beaches and world-class iconic landmarks.
Sydney is a cosmopolitan city surrounded by iconic beaches, including the famous Bondi and Manly beaches. With its world heritage sites, and acclaimed wine regions its’s easy to see why people come to visit and or live in Sydney. Besides being Australia’s largest city, Sydney is also its’ most visited.
Sydney also offers a lovely food scene, as well as an inspiring history and art scene.
While every city has its point, and many have harbors, not many are as central and as amazing as Sydneys. Watching dolphins or seals play in the harbor over looking the Opera house and the bridge – just to point out a few of the great things Sydney is about.
With Sydney being one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited so far, I couldn’t resist exploring the nearby laid-back coastal towns which are just a short drive outside of the city centre.
“There is nowhere quite as nice as the Shire”…
Cronulla is a beachside suburb located on the southern side of the city. Cronulla has a long open beach ideal for swimming and surfing. Cronulla has some great beach side cafes and hotels with great views of the beach. There are some great shopping centres with an open mall style centre with al fresco style dining, arts and craft shops, clothes and boutique style stores. There is plenty of nightly entertainment and accommodation that fit into any budget. Due to its popularity, home prices in Cronulla are a bit on the pricey side but not quite as high as the eastern beachside or harbour suburbs.
In 2015 Cronulla celebrated 100 years of surfing looking back on Olympic swimming gold medallist and fantastic surfer Duke Kahanmoku who took some of his first waves south of Sydney in this fantastic place.
If you want to learn more about the iconic surfing history of Cronulla make sure to check out the Cronulla Surf Museum.
WHERE TO STAY
This hotel is situated on Cronulla beach, so it is perfectly located and also just a short walk away to the station and shops – trains now need an opal card which can be purchased at IGA across the road from the station.
Rydges Cronulla Beach puts you at the heart of Cronulla’s thriving beach community and on the doorstep of all local attractions, including the iconic Cronulla Beach. Located just 40 minutes from Sydney CBD and 20 minutes from Sydney Airport, Rydges Cronulla is the perfect destination for work or play.
The rooms and suites feature private balconies with views over the Pacific Ocean or Gunnamatta Bay. Rydges Cronulla rooms all feature Rydges Dream Beds for the best possible night’s sleep, individually controlled air-conditioning to make your stay most enjoyable.
Guesthouse 83 is situated in the heart of Cronullas beach culture and just a 5 minutes’ walk from Cronulla Beach, cafes, shops and restaurants and a 10 minutes walk to Cronulla Ferry Wharf and Marina. The Guesthouse offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and included breakfast and dinner.
All rooms include a refrigerator, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. Each room offers access to a modern shared bathroom. Guests receive free tea and coffee upon arrival.
The property offers coin-operated laundry facilities. There is a common dining room with a microwave, a toaster and tea/coffee making facilities.
This property is also rated for the best value in Cronulla!
CRONULLA COFFEE & BREAKFAST GUIDE
The Nun’s Pool is located in a great quiet spot across the road from the beach and just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Cronulla and also known as one of the best lunch venues Cronulla has to offer.
The Restaurant serves a wide range of cold and freshly cooked breakfast foods and looking for a good coffee, you won’t miss out on anything too.
Heart and Soul is an organic eatery offering mindful alternatives to your typical cafe fare. From the locally sourced wood and fresh organic ingredients, to the ayurvedically influenced menu and the filtered rainwater brought in from our retreat center at Govinda Valley; you can feel the difference from the moment you walk through their doors.
The Barefoot on the Beach Cafe shows off Australias love affair for beachside dining offering a variety of fresh wraps, fruit salad, banana bread and fresh juices.
Stoping by at the Cafe you will enjoy a cheerful breakfast and lunch spot where locals, surfers and tourist catch up while enjoying the ocean view or just call in for a cup of coffee and to breathe in the salt air.
This amazing coffee house offers a selection of cakes and slices but the coffee is the stand out here. Also sell freshly roasted coffee beans here at very affordable prices. The owner Richard Calabro not only sources and grinds the highest quality coffee beans but essentially transforms each coffee served into a piece of art and is always happy to explain origin and process of coffees available.
Situated in a great spot only 50 meters away from Cronulla train station and across the road from Cronullas lovely Gunnamatta Bay, the cafe is the perfect spot to stop by and pick up a delicious smoothie or coffee or to get your hands on some yummie treats for a picnic on a sunny day.
If your looking for a stand out cafe in Cronulla or loving the greens, try the cafes amazing breakfast options, such as eggs, asparagus, kale, spinach, pesto and sourdough.
BUNDEENA & MAIANBAR
The picturesque villages of Bundeena and Maianbar are located on the Cronulla Coast in Southern Sydney and can easily reached by Cronulla Ferry offering visitors a quick and easy escape from the fast pace of the city to a setting of secluded bays, beaches, and bushland. The villages are surrounded by the beautiful and historic Royal National Park and are known as the gateway to the 26 km Coast Walk through the Royal National Park to Otford.
Bundeena and Maianbar offer a wealth of beautiful scenery, plenty of outdoor activities, shops and cafes, and overnight accommodations.
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