Bundeena, New South Wales, 2230

Bundeena literally sits pretty on the fringe of the Royal National Park.

Arrive in Bundeena by taking the Heritage-listed M.V. Curranulla ferry across from Cronulla to explore Bundeena’s curve of beach and bushland or take the drive through the Royal National Park to get to Bundeena.

Regarded as one of the jewel’s in Sydney’s south, Bundeena has caves, waterfalls, swimming holes and a creative community that remains inspired by a rugged landscape rendered beautiful by brute force. You can see examples of this inspiration when resident artists flings open their doors for the Art Trail, on the first Sunday of every month.

Using Bundeena as your base, you can walk to Wedding Cake Rock, in Sydney’s Royal National Park (allow about an hour each way). The more adventurous can hike the full 26 kilometres to Otford (allow two full days for one).

In Bundeena, freedom beckons – be it a picnic at the playground, a paddle up-river in a kayak with Bundeena Kayaks or an afternoon spent enjoying having an entire swathe of beach to yourself.

The Jibbon Aboriginal Rock Carvings one of the best preserved Aboriginal rock art sites in Sydney.

During winter, you can sometimes spot whales from the cliff tops on the Coast Track, just east of Bundeena. And it’s from awe-inspiring vantage points such as this that Bundeena seems the furthest you can get from Sydney while still being within its borders.

Don’t miss spending the weekend in beautiful Bundeena.