Sydney South

With Australia’s oldest national park, beautiful beaches and historic landmarks, southern Sydney is perfect for a day trip, beach holiday or camping adventure. Relax on Cronulla’s sandy beaches, hop on a ferry for the Royal National Park, and visit the place where Captain James Cook landed in 1770.

You’ll find many more things to do and see, from bushwalking in magnificent national parks to kayaking on tranquil waterways, from touring a nuclear science facility to scenic joy flights. The fun events calendar includes markets, festivals, sports, music and even an arts trail to artists’ studios.

The historic Bare Island Fort, La Perouse

There is public transport to many attractions. Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire is 50 minutes by train from Central Station. Take a bus from Circular Quay to La Perouse, where French explorer Comte de la Perouse arrived in 1788, and explore La Perouse Museum and Bare Island Fort, built in the 1880s.

A delightful way to travel to one of the oldest national parks in the world is by ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, a charming gateway to the Royal National Park. You can walk from Bundeena to Jibbon Head for ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, including depictions of a great whale and a sky spirit.

Oak Park Beach, Cronulla, Sydney South

North of Cronulla is Kamay Botany Bay National Park, where the Burrawang walk tells the story of the first meeting of Aboriginal and European cultures. On the walk you’ll visit Captain Cook’s Landing Place, where the then lieutenant and his Endeavour crew first stepped ashore on 29 April 1770.

Cape Solander in the park is named after the Endeavour’s naturalist Daniel Solander and is one of Sydney’s best vantage points for whale watching. Humpback whales migrate along the spectacular coast between May and November and you can spot them from Cape Solander’s viewing platform.

Places to stay suit various budgets, from campgrounds to seaside hotels. Mascot is excellent for short-stay accommodation near Sydney Airport. Your tastebuds are in for a treat, with seaside restaurants and hip cafes. And tours include surfing lessons, kayaking, joy flights and two-day hikes.

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  1. Professional Bodyboard Coaching

    Tuesday 23 October 2018 to Friday 27 September 2019 , Cronulla

    Want to increase your skills on a body board? Ride bigger waves? Learn new manoeuvres? They will take you on board and in a few sessions, will have your riding level increased. Michael is a Professional surfer who conducts small groups or…

    23 Oct - 27 Sep
  2. Golf Month

    Tuesday 23 October 2018 to Wednesday 31 October 2018 ,

    October is Golf Month and, to celebrate, golf clubs and facilities around the country are opening their doors and playing host to hundreds of exciting and interactive activities.   Whether you’re new to golf, dusting off an old set of clu…

    23 Oct - 31 Oct
  3. Learn to Surf

    Tuesday 23 October 2018 to Tuesday 10 September 2019 , Cronulla

    Michael is a Professional surfer who conducts small groups or one-on-one sessions, whereby the end of the session, you will almost be standing up and riding waves. He will provide basic equipment, wetsuits, boards, bodyboards and leashes. H…

    23 Oct - 10 Sep