Fantastic Cronulla Beach
Beach in Sydney's southern suburbs has heaps going for it. It embraces a string of fantastic world class ocean beaches.
Tourists usually head for Bondi or Manly, but Cronulla has it all - great beauty and all the amenities - without such big crowds.
No need to worry about car parking and parking metres here either. You can get right to this Sutherland Shire beach by train - unlike any other Sydney Australia beach.
Just climb aboard CityRail's direct service south from the Sydney CBD - on the Eastern Suburbs Illawarra line. (Make sure you get the Cronulla train - not the one to Waterfall).
When you arrive at Cronulla station 55 minutes later it's just a short walk across the road to the wonderful sand and gentle surf of South Cronulla Beach.
Go north along The Esplanade walkway and you'll come to North Cronulla. Want to keep stretching those legs? Ten minutes further walk and there's Elouera Beach. Do you wonder what Wanda Beach is like? - just keep on walking!
What I'm trying to say is ...
There is not a "single" Cronulla Beach
4.8km long stretch of Cronulla sand is the longest in the metropolis, and
it embraces the four great beaches of South Cronulla, North Cronulla,
Elouera and Wanda.
South Cronulla is the most protected and least likely of the beaches to
have strong currents and big waves. So it's best for the kids.
Built up high to give surf lifesavers the best chance of seeing a swimmer in trouble ... the beach tower at Elouera.
It can be worth the extra walk to
Elouera and Wanda beaches for the smaller crowds on busy beach days -
and for great board riding when the surf's up.
If you're a tourist seeking adventurous surfing you might want to try Wanda or Green Hills (just to the north).
These are the best spots in Sydney for clean waves without constant competition from other surfers.
If you've come by car you'll have a long walk from the Wanda car park but the payoff is that secluded surf - with a beach break that works well in swells from the east and southeast.
Of course, Wanda Beach was famously the location of the 1980s Aussie coming of age movie, Puberty Blues.
Safe and sandy . . .
That's how it is at South Cronulla. The gentle waves make it great for families and all
beach activities, from swimming to building sandcastles.
The nearby tidal pools
are protective with surrounding rock pools being great fun to
area, seawall and esplanade have all been upgraded recently, making it ideal
for wheelchair access. There are also toilets for the disabled and a free
beach wheelchair service.
is Cronulla Park, a natural amphitheatre with a large grassed area
offering a playground and plenty of shade trees.
many excellent cafes and restaurants in the area, and there's no trouble buying
ice cream and gelato, fish and chips or any beach supplies.
Want to spend the day surfing?
Local surfing schools cater for beginners through to advanced levels. Wanda Beach has surfboard hire.
When the surf's up North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda are top beaches for the best waves.