Fantastic Cronulla Beach

Cronulla 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

This 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 explore.

The beach 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.

Nearby is Cronulla Park, a natural amphitheatre with a large grassed area offering a playground and plenty of shade trees.

There are 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.

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Pink Sea Shells

How did Cronulla get its name?

It comes from the local Dharawal Tribe of Aboriginals - “Kurrunulla” meaning “place of pink sea shells”.

Don't bring Fido

Dogs aren't allowed on Cronulla beaches.

However, at Green Hills Beach just north of Wanda there are times when fido is permitted - and no leash is required!

Here's the deal: Take your dog before 10am and after 4pm any day of the week ... no leash required.

But even on a leash your dog is not allowed on the Green Hills Beach outside of these hours.

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