Visit the Shire and see this coastal beauty for yourself…
Just 25km south of Sydney CBD and only 20 minutes from Sydney Airport, “The Shire” as the area is affectionately known boasts golden sandy beaches, sparkling blue waterways and friendly, relaxed locals.
If you’re an adventure seeker you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs; hike the coast track, visit secluded beaches, discover ancient rock art sites, explore the Hacking on a river cruise, join a kayak tour, or learn to surf.
For those who just want to relax, take your pick of restaurants and cafes oozing style and charm, catch the historic ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, or escape with memories of a bygone era in a rowboat at historic Audley in the Royal National Park.
There’s a range of events on across the Shire throughout the year.
Summer – celebrate Australia Day with free entertainment at Cronulla and Menai.
Autumn – Cronulla comes alive with the Easter Show, complete with entertainment, rides and market stalls.
Winter – no time to stay inside! Sutherland to Surf fun run, a coffee festival and a weekend of art and high tea in the Royal National Park.
Spring – Cronulla Spring Festival, Fiesta @ the Beach, and the International Grand Prix Cycling. Check out www.visitsutherlandshire.com.au for details.
DISCOVER THE SHIRE
Audley is the gateway to the Royal National Park and the first destination on the Grand Pacific Drive touring route from Sydney to the South Coast.
The Royal National Park is the first in Australia and has now been placed on the National Heritage List. It covers 16,000 hectares of spectacular scenery with over 150 kilometres of walking tracks for a range of abilities.
Nestled in the Royal National Park, the villages of Bundeena and Maianbar offer a slice of paradise where a slower pace of life reigns.
A few days here will rejuvenate the soul and there are a range of accommodation options including Brightside Bundeena and Beachhaven. There is an hourly ferry service between Cronulla and Bundeena.
With its many parks and gardens, and being so close to the Royal National Park, Engadine is a great stop-off when visiting the Sutherland Shire. It is a village steeped in history, largely settled during the post World War 1 boom.
Enjoy the charm of Gymea, a village in the heart of the Sutherland Shire where you will always find that old-fashioned friendly service with a smile.
The Shire is not just an outdoor wonderland, what’s inside can be just as invigorating. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre is a modern gallery space displaying some of Australia’s finest collections of art. Set amid tranquil landscaped gardens, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea after a tour of the gallery.
Cronulla is blessed with Sydney’s longest stretch of sand and is the only beach in Sydney accessible by train. Since it was settled, Cronulla has been a focal point for people to indulge in beach life and water-based activities. It is soaked in surf culture and is a great place to catch a wave, take a swim in the crystal waters or just relax at the beach.
The Kurnell Peninsula has much to offer visitors, in such a small area, from white sandy aquamarine beaches to bushland, cliffs and a rocky coastline and attractive parklands.
Kurnell is the place where Lieutenant James Cook (later Captain) first set foot on Australia soil in 1770. Today the spot is marked with a monument and it is located in an attractive grassy parkland where visitors can spend time enjoying a picnic or barbecue. There is also a nearby visitors centre which recounts the area’s rich history.
Experience the beauty and tranquillity of this secluded gem nestled on the edge of the Georges River. It was named in 1888 by a local, James Murphy, because the scenery reminded him of Lake Como in Italy.
Set on the banks of the Woronora River in a deep, peaceful river valley, this picturesque and largely undiscovered part of the Sutherland Shire is a sanctuary for fishing and paddling.
There are a number of locations in Woronora where visitors can enjoy a picnic or barbecue on the banks of what is one of Sydney’s most pristine waterways.
Stay active on holidays
While you are in the Sutherland Shire, there’s plenty for you to stay active.
We have three leisure centres featuring the latest cardio equipment, fitness programs and year round heated pools. There are also three 18-hole golf courses and a 52 bay golf driving range as well as eleven public tennis courts.
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