With its stunning coastline and national parks, it's no wonder the Sutherland Shire is best known for being a place of great natural beauty. But there are now more reasons than ever before to look beyond the star attractions of stunning beaches and craggy coastline in order to stay and play in the various villages located in the Sutherland Shire.
In the Sutherland Shire, every neighbourhood has its own story, its own scene. While locals have long conspired to keep this southern pocket of Sydney a secret, word is out as the area's allure spreads beyond its borders, attracting visitors who enjoy having a little bit of everything at their fingertips.
The Shire, as it is affectionately known by locals, lies south of Botany Bay and has waterways that wend all the way from the Woronora River to the Pacific Ocean. It's these watery playgrounds where you will find local residents in, on or near to the water -- paddling through the milky sea on kayaks, doing bombies off the wharf in Gunnamatta, surfing world-class breaks or doing a few lazy laps in the stunning sea pools.
After checking out the brilliant beaches, dust the crumbs of sand off your feet and kick off with a coffee before wandering through the various neighbourhoods to visit local food champions, listen to live music, or enjoy dinner on a mild evening at one of the al fresco restaurants.
In Sutherland itself, artisan producers and farmers gather every Saturday morning at Sutherland Famers' Market where you can stock up for a DIY picnic in one of many pretty parks and playgrounds. The Shire is also home to world-class shopping centres and high streets lined with everything from big-name brands to quirky boutiques.
In addition to the Instagram-worthy attractions, the cultural scene in Sutherland Shire includes everything from open-air concerts to art evenings, and historical events that mark the significance of Captain Cook's landing in the suburb of Kurnell and its impact on indigenous Australia.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time local, the fact the city's rail network slices through the suburbs - from Cronulla to Sutherland - means you can create your own itinerary, take a mini break or simply be a tourist in your own town.