The Bundeena ferry

Off the coast of Cronulla is a little bit of secret Sydney called Bundeena, well, it’s not that secret really, but lots of people don’t make the effort to get there, they should, it’s a beautiful little spot, just right for a day trip on a warm day.

To get to Bundeena you can either drive the long way around and go down through the Royal National Park, a trip that would take the best part of a couple of hours, or you could, and I think this is the best way, catch the little old wooden ferry that takes off from Cronulla every half an hour or so.

The trip is about half an hour across and you get the chance to ogle some of the harbourside mansions along the way, some beautiful, which are great to look at, but some which are even better to look at, the new money shockers with concrete statues and dubious paint schemes, keep an eye out for the life sized dinosaur next to the infinity pool at one home.

My ferry had a couple of classes of school kids out for the day, noisy and very excited at the prospect of a day exploring the little nooks and crannies around Bundeena.

When we arrived I let them get off and watched which way they went, deciding the best course of action would be to go in the opposite direction.

There’s not a huge amount to do once you get there, other than kick back and enjoy the location, or, for a quick nature fix there’s some pretty spectacular bush walks starting in Bundeena and winding their way up through the Royal National Park, the easiest and closest to access is the Bundeena Drive to Marley Walk, about 3 klms each way it’s a pretty easy way to experience some wonderful native bushland.
Bundeena also boasts some really beautiful little coves and beaches along the eastern side, or you could soak up some coastal breezes and have a swim in the big half moon shaped main beach right where the ferry lands.

My favorite though is poking around the strip of rocks leading away from the jetty and around to the eastern cove, there you can find some beaut little rockpools, exposed during the low tide and offering up all kinds of mysterious creatures.


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