Destination Revisited Series
What do you do when you want to get away (but not too far!) from the hustle and bustle of city life? When you want to have a relaxing day out with family? Well, you can always visit Bundeena!
Bundeena is a small community within the Royal National park, situated around 55 kms from Sydney. It is a small, peaceful, coastal village and the gateway to the Royal National Park. With ample nature walks, strolls around the pristine beaches, bushwalking, hiking and picnicking, Bundeena offers the perfect opportunity to take a break, spend a few hours or a whole day among nature at its best.
How to get there
The drive from Sydney to Bundeena is around 55 kms and takes approximately an hour. My preference, however, is to travel by ferry as it is more scenic and adds to the feeling of being ‘at one with nature’. You can take a ferry from the Tonkin Street Public Wharf behind Cronulla Railway station. The Curranulla, the green and yellow timber ferry will transport you over pristine waters and breathtaking views of the Port Hacking River. The ferry ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
What to do
Bushwalk and hike along Forest Path.
Picnic at Wattle Forest picnic area overlooking Jibbon beach.
Swim or take a relaxed stroll along the sandy beach
Explore the Aboriginal carvings at Jibbon point
Experience the Bundeena to Maianbar heritage walk
Hire a charter boat and go whale watching on weekends during winter and spring.
Where to eat
Bundeena has a small selection of cafes and takeaway establishments along the main street with choices ranging from modern Australian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. The Bundeena Community and Services Club (CSC) serves up a great variety of food and is family friendly. The restaurant also has scenic views overlooking the water.
So the next time you are feeling a little antsy, pack up your swimming gear and a picnic, take the whole family or go solo and spend a couple of hours basking in the warmth and serenity of this beautiful sanctuary.
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