Bundeena is literally sitting pretty on the fringes of the Royal National Park. It's the sort of place where even people in a hurry seem to be in slow motion.
Enjoy a gin tasting, settle in for a high tea or indulge in a relaxing massage. Of course you must also embark on one of the many off-the-grid activities…
Impressive engravings Jibbon Loop Track is steeped in Indigenous history and the main draw is the engravings and middens at the east end of the beach. During winter, you can sometimes spot whales from the clifftops along the track. visitsutherlandshire.com.au/jibbon-loop-track
Toast the sunset Engage the experts from Lost and Found Wellness Adventures who will guide you from Bundeena to Marley Beach on sunset, where you will enjoy gourmet food and drink and maybe even spot a whale or two.
Outside of artsy Bundeena lies a series of spectacular trails that draw avid hikers and mountain bikers alike. Follow in the footsteps of an expert on the walk from Bundeena to Wattamola
Rejuvenate Start your long weekend the right way with a one-hour detoxifying dry body brush, relaxation massage and facial at Kuyen Medispa, a boutique clinic in Bundeena.
Chin chin Enjoy a great gin cocktail or two or a gin tasting or high tea at I Grill, which has more than 20 gins to choose from including Ruby Wednesday, a small bespoke batch-distilled product born in the Shire. Igrill.com.au
Update your décor Select a few statement pieces from My Vintage Beach on the main strip, which sells everything from cushions to ceramics to brews (coffee) with views.
A wander around Bundeena takes a unique turn when it coincides with the Bundeena Maianbar Art Trail on the first Sunday of the month, where you can knock on the studio doors of artists. arttrail.com.au
Breakfast Café Manna turns heads for everything from its burgers to its banana bread.
Brunch Maroon yourself at Driftwood Café for truffle, spinach and goat’s cheese omelette.
High tea Get that pinky finger poised for high tea at I Grill
Burgers Sit at a communal table alongside rugged locals enjoying big old burgers at Vinegar & Brown Paper.
Fish & Chips Grab battered fish and chips to go from P& P Kitchen and enjoy in the park across the street. facebook.com/P-P-Kitchen
Pizza, pizza, pizza Try the stuffed mushie pizzas or traditional pizzas with contemporary toppings such as garlic prawns, chorizo, cheesy tomato and basil in the Jibbon classic. instagram.com/bundeena_pizza
Heritage stays Simpson Cottage is the heritage cottage of your dreams replete, built in the 1860s in this idyllic spot south of the Hacking River.
Retro chic Bundeena Boatshed is a coastal classic: with its stunning seafront location on offer for a maximum of two guests.
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