Duration: Two days
Transport: Public and private
Highlights: Beaches, Surf Lesson, Bike Ride, Kayak Tour
Escape south of Sydney to the beautiful Sutherland Shire and enjoy nature with family activities to get your heart rate pumping. Just 40 minutes by train from Sydney’s Central Station, the Sutherland Shire is packed with family activities from surf lessons to BMX riding, bayside cycleways, rock climbing, hiking and golf for big kids and littles.
Join us for two days of family fun!
Before you visit:
• Book your accommodation
• Check out the Sutherland Shire What’s On page for events, concerts and fairs
• Book your surf lessons at Cronulla Surf Academy
• Book your guided kayak tour with Bundeena Kayaks
• Pack your bikes and helmets
• Make a dinner reservation at one of the Shire’s top-rated restaurants
Stroll down to Cronulla Beach, one of the four beaches along Bate Bay, and take a dip in the ocean under the watchful eyes of local lifesavers, remembering to always swim between the flags.
Meet up with the team from Cronulla Surfing Academy for your surf lesson at Cronulla Beach. You can choose a private lesson or join one of the group classes. If it’s not beach weather, Sutherland Leisure Centre has indoor and outdoor pools with heated play areas for kids and a water fun park open from September to April.
After your surf, sit down for lunch at one of the restaurants in Cronulla overlooking the beach.
Little kids will love a play in the Park, before you start your walk along the Esplanade, the total distance is four kilometres one-way of easy coastal pathway from Wanda Beach to Bass and Finders Point. You can start & and stop wherever you like, visiting the pristine ocean pools and beachside parks along your way.
In the afternoon, grab your bikes (or hire them from Chain Reaction in Cronulla) and ride to the Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway, a five-kilometre-long trail that follows the Botany Bay shoreline from Shorebird Reserve to Taren Point. The wetlands here have been remediated to protect the local environment and attract local and migratory shorebirds like the bar-tailed godwit that visits each year from the Arctic Circle. Stop at the viewing deck, walk out over the heritage-listed oyster processing jetty and enjoy the views across Botany Bay.
Afterwards, head 20 minutes west to Australia’s second biggest bike pump track at Bardon Ridge for some family BMX time. This track is a circuit of curves, dips and transitions and is suitable for all ages and skill levels. There’s parking, toilets and shaded rest areas.
Another option is to let Putt Planet in Miranda take you on an 18-hole indoor African adventure through old Mombasa. Putt your way through doorways, marketplaces, homes and back alleys – and a plane! – as you explore the gateway to Eastern Africa and try for that elusive hole in one.
Stay in Miranda for dinner at the Westfield Miranda dining precinct and enjoy its global cuisine like xia long bao at Din Tai Fung, Mexican at El Camino or Bavarian classics at The Bavarian with views towards the Sydney skyline. If you have time, catch a movie at Event Cinemas Miranda.
Wander down to the beach for a morning swim followed by breakfast one of the many local cafes but get in early to beat the crowds. For coffee with the locals head to Grind in Surf Lane just off Cronulla Mall.
Set off to Bundeena, a coastal village on the doorstep of the Royal National Park - a short ride across the beautiful Port Hacking on one of NSW’s beautiful old wooden ferries, run by Cronulla Ferries, and easily identifiable in distinctive yellow and green livery.
Swim at Horderns Beach just to the right of the Bundeena jetty or join one of the Bundeena Kayaks guided tours. You can also hire Stand up paddle boards and kayaks and spend the day playing in the waves. If you (or maybe the kids) still have some energy to burn, try a short walk through the national park on the Jibbon Loop Track.
Cafes in the main street can help you with lunch, and you can pick up supplies from the IGA supermarket for a beachside picnic.
In the afternoon, head to Climb Fit at Kirrawee, a huge fitness space filled with rock climbing walls, nets, rope climbs and ladders to challenge kids and adults. Staff will teach you how to work together and safely belay and then it’s over to you to climb together.
If you’re keen for more golf, burn off the last of your energy at X-Golf at Caringbah for a simulated golf experience. Practice your swing, play on world class courses or enjoy some more putt putt with the kids.
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