7 Cosy Winter Activities in the Sutherland Shire

It’s no secret that we’re all feeling winter’s chill, and while you might feel the urge to bunker down indoors, the Shire is still abuzz with seasonal activities, fabulous eateries and lively bars.

If you’re not brave enough for an icy ocean swim, we’ve pulled together 7 cosy winter activities to try in the Sutherland Shire this year.

Head out for a hike

With the sun’s UV is at a low and the summer crowds elsewhere, winter is the perfect time to try out one of the Shire’s many nature hikes and trails. For coastal views, try Eagle Rock walk, a stroll along the Esplanade, or Bundeena to Wedding Cake Rock. Or, for more sheltered, bushy vistas, head to Karloo track, Honeymoon track to Audley, or Barden’s Creek Blue Walk.

Stroll the Shire’s famous markets

There’s no better way to spend a weekend morning than with a coffee in one hand and a basket ready to be filled with fresh produce in the other. Held every Saturday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm at Sutherland’s Flora Street carpark, the Shire Farmers’ Market features an ever-changing array of the best local fare around, including groceries, preserves, sweet treats and meals to go – plus, it’s dog friendly.

Embrace art culture at Hazelhurst

If you’re more indoorsy than out, a visit to appreciate local and renowned national artists at Hazelhurst Gallery could be just the ticket. Once you’ve strolled the gallery, you can explore the expansive gardens or pop out to their colourful cafe for a coffee and sweet treat. A relatively small space, exhibitions at Hazelhurst run for about a month at a time. You can check out what’s on via their website.

Whale watching

Every year, between June and August, pods of humpback whales (numbering more than 20,000) begin their journey north, migrating to warmer waters to breed. Home to some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline, the Sutherland Shire offers several spots from which to catch a glimpse of them, including Cape Solander, the Esplanade in Cronulla, the Coast Track at Royal National Park, Garie Beach and Governor Game lookout. Or jump on a cruise with Cronulla Whale Watching.

Enjoy a hearty meal

Whether it’s a friendly catch-up, date night or simply a night off from cooking, the Shire is packed with fabulous foodie spots where a delicious meal – and a few drinks – can be had. For city-cool Italian, try Gymea’s brand new Fior; for Asian fusion by the sea, head to Alphabet St (be sure to try the famous Apple Martini); for a European-inspired Mediterranean affair, you can’t go past Bobbys; and, finally, to cosy up next to a fireplace while you enjoy contemporary Australian dishes, book a table at Jensens.

Get crafty at Part-Time Ceramics

Gather your crafty friends and get your hands dirty with a workshop, class, or studio time at Part-Time Ceramics cosy Taren Point studio. Whether it’s a date night wheel throw or pottery and prosecco event, you’re guaranteed to pick up a new skill and stay warm whilst doing so. Kids can join the fun too with family workshops or kids-only classes.

Lace up for Sutherland to Surf

Mark your calendars for Sunday, 21st July! Join the Tradies Sutherland to Surf, an 11km fun run and walk for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re running for fitness, aiming for a personal best, or enjoying a fun morning with family and friends, Sutherland to Surf is an inclusive event supporting the Wanda Surf Life Saving Club. Be part of it here.

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