Cronulla & the Sutherland Shire



Cronulla is the heart of 'the Shire', an area notorious in Sydney for a certain kind of mentality – very inward looking, complacent, and lifestyle focused. But the lifestyle is excellent, if your tastes are less cultural than beach-centred, with Cronulla Beach the culmination of a string of wonderful beaches from Maroubra and then South. The region is known as one of Australia's premier surfing centres.

Culturally, the area is perhaps Sydney's most homogenous, with most residents of Anglo-Irish – residents regrettably prone to calling themselves 'Australians' (as if to imply that other people – ie, those of non-Anglo descent - might not be Australians). The area was the site of infamous race riots in 2005 when mostly Anglo-Australians fought with mostly Lebanese-Australians in a series of ugly incidents that left many hurt, and several in jail.

The pick of the area? Just South of Cronulla, separated from Greater Sydney by Port Hacking is the beautiful Royal National Park - which some argue is the world's oldest National Park (it all depends on how one understands the notion of a National Park, as it turns out – under some understandings Yosemite in California is older). The Royal National Park is well worth a daytrip at the least – and conveniently there is a ferry from Cronulla into the cute little township of Bundeena. From here there are plenty of walks, which will take you along unspoilt coastline, lovely weathered rocks, secluded beaches, and more rock pools than you can shake a stick at! There are also some commercial cruise operators.

Nightlife

AB Hotel
Bay Vista Gateau
Bizzo's
Performance Space (The)
Imperial Hotel (The)
Beverly Hills Cinemas
Wood Glen Vegetarian Restaurant/Cafe
Sir Joseph Banks Hotel
Royal Hall of Industries
Greater Union Cinema - Hurstville
Greater Union Cinema - Miranda
Manhattan Superbowl
CarriageWorks
Revesby Workers' Club
Cronulla Cinema Centre
Caffeine Caffe
Warwick Farm Racecourse
Badde Manors

Attractions

Bare Island Fort Tours
Sydney Heli-Aust
Blue Sky Helicopters
Royal National Park
Gledswood Homestead and Winery
Cronulla Beach Walk
CarriageWorks
Burlington Centre (The)
Athens Continental Cake Shop
Warwick Farm Racecourse
Red Baron Scenic Flights
Dolls Hospital (The)
Ladies Golf Collection (The)
Utopia Art Gallery
Danks Street Depot
BKK Shopping Centre
Campsie Meat Market
Nicholas Seafood Traders
Adora Handmade Chocolates
Moore Park Golf Course
Claudio's Quality Seafoods
Cheeky Transport
Officework's Superstores
Salvatore Continental Delicatessen
Randwick Golf Course
All Arts Bookshop
Airside Tarmac Tours
Ross Hunter Gamefishing Charters
Eastlakes Golf Course
Captain Cook Golf Course
South Pacific Seaplanes
South Cronulla Beach
Cronulla & National Park Ferry Cruises
Inner Harmony

Restaurants

Jalan Sehala Eating Place
Wynyard Hotel Bistro
Big Mexican Rancho (The)
Mulligan's Irish Restaurant
Sol Tortillaria (El)
Nasiuduk Jakarta
Sir Joseph Banks Hotel
Asawon Restaurant
AB Hotel
Ayam Goreng 99
Castellorizian Club Ltd (The)
Bizzo's
Cha Son Hi Cool Noodle Barbecue Restaurant
Bach Dang
Crow's Nest
Thanh Binh

Hotels

Pacific International Hotel - Bankstown
Stamford Sydney Airport

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