Like a tiny slice of old Miami, Cronulla's beachside buildings reflect a different world in their old art-deco buildings and their seaside-pastel paint jobs. There's a comfortable feel here and it doesn't endure the press of flesh evident on so many other popular beaches. Here there are rock pools to gaze into, famous breaks to try out, and the chance to learn the important Aussie water skills of surfing and diving.
Cronulla is the only Sydney beach served by a direct railway link from Central Station. The train takes about 45 minutes and practically plonks you on the water's edge. A 200 metre walk the other side of Cronulla railway line leads to the quiet inlet of Gunnamatta Bay and from here, a splendidly smart little ferry takes you across the Port Hacking river to Bundeena and the Royal National Park.
There's also the Esplanade walk starting at South Cronulla beach and looping the Cronulla Peninsula. This is the regular fitness beat for Cronulla locals and takes in shady parks with ocean and bay baths. Manicured Darook Park with its sandy bay beach is favoured by families seeking a sheltered swim away from ocean waves.
The Bass and Flinders memorial on the southern tip of the Cronulla Peninsula makes for a superb lookout over the Port Hacking River across to the Royal National Park. Cronulla Plaza is well regarded for its range of surf boutiques including what is arguably the best swimsuit shop in Sydney.
Dining out in Cronulla is also a part of what makes the lifestyle here so appealing. Brunch or a lazy lunch in one of the many cafes throughout Cronulla is an essential activity, as are cocktails overlooking the beach at the Cronulla RSL of a late afternoon.
There are over 40 restaurants to select from in Cronulla, all walking distance from major accommodation. The award wining Sealevel restaurant offers fine seafood dining with views across water and sand dunes to the city. The Brass Monkey is a unique experience. Its basement venue provides for an intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy a fine blend of Mediterranean food and live music from some of the big names in Australia and around the world.
Accommodation can be found in Cronulla and surrounding areas and ranges from restful B&Bs to hotels and serviced apartments.
Temperatures for Cronulla
Cronulla has moderate summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Cronulla is approximately 26 °c. The summer low temperature is approximately 18 °c.
Cronulla has mild winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Cronulla is approximately 17 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 7 °c.
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