The picturesque villages of Bundeena and Maianbar, located on the Cronulla Coast in Southern Sydney, offer visitors a quick and easy escape from the fast pace of the city to a setting of secluded bays, beaches, and bushland. Among the 2700 residents fortunate to call this area home are artisans, small business tourism operators, shopkeepers, and others who enjoy living close to nature. The villages border the south shore of Port Hacking and are otherwise surrounded by the beautiful and historic Royal National Park.
Bundeena takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning "noise like thunder" and has a distinct history. You will find traces of the original inhabitants, the Dharawal people, in rock carvings and middens (seafood shell piles). In addition to its famous artists and tranquil setting, Bundeena is known as the gateway to the 26 km Coast Walk through the Royal National Park to Otford.
Bundeena and Maianbar offer a wealth of beautiful scenery and plenty of fun to entice the whole family. Visitors will find plenty of outdoor activities, shops and cafes, and overnight accommodations, only an hour south of Central Sydney.
Bundeena's beaches provide the ideal location for a day in, on or near the water. Whether you enjoy swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, boating, fitness classes, or just plain relaxing you'll find what you're looking for in this hidden paradise. There are four beaches within easy walking distance of the centre of Bundeena:
Bonnie Vale Beach within the Royal National Park has a large car park, picnic tables, barbeques, campgrounds, and shower and toilet facilities. Kayak rentals are available on the beach.
Horderns Beach is located next to the ferry wharf, with shops and facilities close by.
Gunyah Beach is a small nearly hidden sand and rock beach, accessible at low tide over the rocks southeast of the wharf.
Jibbon Beach is a favourite among the locals, with its secluded crescent-shaped sandy strand that fronts the bush.
A Walk with Nature
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The Bundeena-Maianbar Heritage Walk is a sign posted tour packed with interesting local facts. A detailed map of the walk is posted near the ferry wharf or available as a brochure from the local shops.
Stroll the first part of the well marked Coast Track from Bundeena for breathtaking views north to the city, or south to the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel near Stanwell Park. Continue on the Track for about an hour south to the secluded Marley Beaches, accessible only by foot. Another two hours on the track will bring you to Wattamolla Beach.
In the winter and spring months, you can catch a glimpse of the whale migration from the Coast Track, along the cliff tops just east of Bundeena. To get an even closer look at these graceful creatures of the deep, a family-run charter boat offers seasonal whale watching trips from the Bundeena Wharf on weekends.
The desire to live and work close to nature brings many renowned artists to Bundeena and Maianbar. 27 local artists participate in the Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail on the first Sunday of every month, when artists' studios are open to the public. You'll find an official Art Trail map, sign posts and a shuttle bus to ensure the artistic experience is enjoyable for all ages.
Bundeena and Maianbar are also home to other artisans whose crafts are for sale in their studios or in the local shops. There is an abundance of local talent producing fine handmade ceramics, jewellery, and textiles. Some artisans also offer classes and demonstrations on weekends. Markets by the Sea provides these and other local talent an opportunity to display their goods and services for sale on the first Sunday of each month. Market stalls are located near the ferry wharf.
There is a range of options to feed the hungry masses with tempting treats at the local cafes. If you feel like dining alfresco, there is always the option to have a picnic in the park or on the beach. The local shops can provide all the yummy essentials.
A Place to Stay
From absolute beach front to secluded bush settings, overnight accommodation in Bundeena and Maianbar is available in accredited B&Bs, holiday cottages and houses, home stays or at the Bonnie Vale camp grounds. You'll find something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Enjoy a drive into the Royal National Park off of the Prince's Highway just sixty minutes south of the Sydney CBD. Park passes are not required unless you're driving into Bonnie Vale or stopping elsewhere in the Park. Passes are available at the park entrance or at the Bundeena Service Station.
For a relaxed trip on a vintage ferry boat, visitors will enjoy a scenic 20 minute ride across Port Hacking between Cronulla and Bundeena. Ferries depart on the half hour from the public wharf at Gunnamatta Bay, located a short five minute walk from the Cronulla Train Station. The Ferry Timetable is available here. For More Information
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