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Have a Cronulla beach holiday

South Cronulla Beach, Southern SydneyCREDIT: Monde Photo

South Cronulla Beach, one of four patrolled surf beaches in Cronulla in Southern Sydney.

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Have a Cronulla
beach holiday

South Cronulla Beach, Southern Sydney CREDIT: Monde Photo

South Cronulla Beach, one of four patrolled surf beaches in Cronulla in Southern Sydney.

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In Cronulla, a 50-minute drive south of the city centre, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away on a coastal retreat. This beachside suburb is renowned for its waterfront eateries and its relaxed vibe. With four kilometres of coastline and four beaches one after the other – Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and South Cronulla – this is the perfect place for a beachside holiday. 

Highlights: 

  • Having a dip in the ocean followed by a tasty breakfast 
  • Taking a peaceful walk on sandy beaches or along the coastal headland  
  • Enjoying a long lunch while watching locals promenade past 

Greet the morning 

Start your morning off on a yoga mat by the seaside with the effervescent, energetic yogi Ying Bean. Let Ying take you through your paces on the grass overlooking the water at Shelly Beach Park on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, weather permitting. Ying also offers yoga and mindfulness classes for the little ones on Wednesday afternoons.  

If you’ve brought a four-legged friend with you, head up to the northernmost car park above Wanda Beach and follow the trail of dog owners taking their pets to Greenhills Beach to the north. Here your dog is allowed off-leash from 3pm to 10am (from 4pm during daylight savings).  

After yoga or a dip at the beach, have a hearty breakfast at Zimzala. Perched on the edge of the ocean on the Esplanade at South Cronulla Beach, this casual eatery has amazing beach views and serves up traditional café breakfast favourites. Or head to Blackwood Pantry on Surf Lane, a quick walk through the palm tree-dotted park from Zimzala, for seasonal fare such as soft-boiled egg with tandoori sweet potato. 

Shop for some new holiday outfits 

Scattered around this beachside suburb are hip boutiques offering everything from beach-to-bar sundresses to sustainable homewares and swimwear. On Surf Road in Cronulla, drop into Roar for statement pieces and bespoke accessories from its curated collection of Aussie and international designers. Put Zaliah on your boutique list for designer leather, linen and knitwear. Fur bomber jackets and pastel blazers are a highlight at Meet That Store, while family-owned fashion store Dutchee Dutchee stocks cute sundresses, jumpsuits and delicate necklaces. 

Take a long lunch 

For a leisurely lunch by the water, head to Sealevel Restaurant & Bar, which occupies a great ground-floor spot overlooking North Cronulla Beach. There’s a focus on fresh local seafood here, and with floor-to-ceiling glass bringing the beach views in, it’s a great place for people watching, with a steady stream of locals walking by. Or seek out Summer Salt Restaurant, at Eloura Surf Life Saving Club overlooking Eloura Beach, for a sublime seafood platter and modern Australian fare with an Asian twist. 

Prefer to keep on the move? Grab a great sandwich and locally roasted coffee from Loaf Sandwiches, on Cronulla Mall near Surf Road, and hit the Cronulla Beach Walk to find a bench overlooking the waves. This 4km coastal walk runs from South Cronulla Beach to Bass and Flinders Point overlooking Bundeena and the Royal National Park. You’ll stroll past ocean pools, cafés, playgrounds and lavish homes overlooking the water. The entire walk is about an hour one way. 

If you’ve opted for a long walk after lunch, reward yourself with an ice-cream cone from Ice Creamery & Espresso Bar. With more than 70 flavours to choose from, there’s a flavour to suit all tastes.  

Blackwood Pantry, Cronulla CREDIT: Blackwood Pantry

Blackwood Pantry, on Surf Lane in Cronulla.

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Blackwood Pantry, Cronulla CREDIT: Blackwood Pantry

Blackwood Pantry, on Surf Lane in Cronulla.

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The Cronulla Beach Walk, Southern Sydney CREDIT: Monde Photo

The Cronulla Beach Walk is a 6km return walk from the beaches of Cronulla to a headland facing Royal National Park.

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The Cronulla Beach Walk, Southern Sydney CREDIT: Monde Photo

The Cronulla Beach Walk is a 6km return walk from the beaches of Cronulla to a headland facing Royal National Park.

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Ease into the evening 

After a day at the beach or walking along the coast, it’s time to dress up and dive into Cronulla’s nightlife. Have a pre-dinner drink at Croydon Lane Wine & Tapas Bar, a hidden gem with an intimate atmosphere and pretty wine garden near the intersection of the Cronulla Street pedestrian mall and Kingsway, the main road leading down to the beach. The bar often hosts live music and there are colourful share plates along with an impressive wine list.  

Or enjoy sunset drinks at Next Door Cafe, a bright and open-air bar, café and restaurant overlooking North Cronulla Beach that’s the ideal spot for an afternoon cocktail or wine. Children are most welcome and there’s a kids’ menu if you’d like to grab them an early dinner.  

Dine in style 

A great option for an afternoon drink is an aperitif at the Aprés Beach Bar at The Pines, a Hamptons-esque restaurant overlooking a row of Norfolk pines between North and South Cronulla beaches. Then settle in for sustainably grown Humpty Doo barramundi and Milly Hill lamb on a menu created by executive chef James Metcalfe, a veteran of Michelin-starred London restaurants. 

Giro Osteria is another one of a string of innovative eateries in Cronulla making this southside beach suburb a hot foodie destination. The menu at Giro is faithfully Italian, with an edited menu of traditional Italian dishes that change frequently, depending on the seasonal produce available. The bonus? The view of North Cronulla Beach is stunning.  

The chic and fun eatery C.C. Babcoq is all about contemporary comfort food with big, bold flavours. On the menu expect smoked meats, tasty rotisserie chickens and spiced vegetables, all designed to be shared with family and friends. And at bright and breezy Henry’s, Japanese-inspired dishes such as the chicken karaage and Tajima wagyu steak are meant to be shared, while you may want to keep the cocktail you’ve ordered all to yourself.  

Call it a night 

For two quirky drinking holes in one, tucked away inside American-style whisky saloon The Blind Bear on the pedestrian mall end of Cronulla Street, you’ll find hidden gem Happy Panda, an edgy Asian fusion cocktail bar lined with Chinese wallpaper. Have a nightcap here before returning to your room at Rydges Cronulla Beachside, a two-minute walk from Blind Bear on Kingsway. This resort-style hotel with a breezy decor overlooks North Cronulla Beach — check out the great views from your ocean-facing room, or grab a complimentary bike in the morning and continue exploring this beachside haven.  

The Pines Cronulla CREDIT: Rachel Kara

The Pines restaurant in Cronulla, south of Sydney.

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The Pines Cronulla CREDIT: Rachel Kara

The Pines restaurant in Cronulla, south of Sydney.

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Rydges Cronulla Beachside, Cronulla CREDIT: Rydges Cronulla Beachside

Looking out over North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda beaches from Rydges Cronulla Beachside in Cronulla.

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Rydges Cronulla Beachside, Cronulla CREDIT: Rydges Cronulla Beachside

Looking out over North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda beaches from Rydges Cronulla Beachside in Cronulla.

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