Welcome to the idyllic and arty coastal villages of Bundeena and Maianbar in southern
Sydney. Nestled in the picturesque Royal National Park, bordered by the Port Hacking
waterway, no wonder the area is an artists haven! Over 50 artists living and displaying
their works, the area truly is nature’s masterpiece. Totally immerse yourself in
nature, walking the world class coastal tracks of the Royal National Park, relax
on one of 5 gorgeous beaches or plan an adventure out on the pristine Port Hacking
waterway. Recreational activities abound including kayaking, fishing, snorkelling,
whale watching and more. There’s a cozy café and shopping strip in the centre of
town, where you can relax with a cuppa, pick up some groceries or buy a souvenir
of your visit. Great for a day trip from the big smoke or a weekend giveaway!
Bundeena’a Top 12 Things to Do
- Explore Maianbar Sand Flats /Soldier Crabs
- Catch the Royal Natioal Park Shuttle Bus to Wattomolla for a 1 way walk back to Bundeena
- Picnic at Bonnie Vale beachfront
- Enjoy one of many scenic bushwalks starting from Bundeena (see below)
- Hire a kayak or paddle board or book in a guided tour at Bundeena Kayaks
- Partake in a potting class at Something at Marys
- Whale watching May-July and Sept - Nov - More...
- Check out the Art Trail & Markets by the Sea - 1st Sunday every month
- Paddle Surf a wave in the famous Bay Surf
- Pack your tent and book in for camping at Bonnie Vale camp ground
- Relax with a beer and lunch or dinner at Bowlo or RSL
- Explore Bundeena’s beaches!
There are 5 beaches on Bundeena’s doorstep: Hordern’s Beach, Bonnie Vale Beach and
picnic grounds, Gunyah, Jibbon and Little Jibbon Beach.
Bonnie Vale beach and picnic
area – picnickers choice with free electric bbqs & the base of Bundeena Kayaks
Horderns Beach – right next to the wharf and a family favourite
Gunyah – hidden away, popular with locals and great for snorkelling
Jibbon – stunning setting with clear, deep swimming waters and lovely for a stroll
Little Jibbon – privately tucked away around the rocks, this is one of Sydney’s few
The Art Trail
Offers you the opportunity to visit a diverse group of artist studios on the first
Sunday each month from 10am - 4pm. Art, sculpture, jewellery, ceramic and glass art
for sale with no gallery commission. Open studios locations and map are available
Bushwalking Around Bundeena
Fantastic cliff top and bush walking tracks can be explored throughout in the Royal
National Park, many of which are just a stones throw away from Bundeena and Maianbar.
Details of some popular walks close to Bundeena are listed below or for details of
other bush walks throughout the Royal National park click here. We recommend that
you view a bushwalking map prior to undertaking a walk. For more information, contact
NPWS on 9542 0648
Jibbon Loop 2 hours
Begin by walking to the end of Jibbon Beach then follow the bush track through to
secluded and beautiful Shelley Beach. Stop off and check out the Aboriginal rock
carvings along the way. You then have the choice of following the track bordering
the coast until the Bundeena turnoff or you can take head back along the fire service
trail. Both tracks finish up at the end of Beachcomber Avenue in Bundeena (a 20 min
walk to the ferry wharf).
Footbridge Walk 30 mins return / 1hr to Maianbar Café return
This is a great short walk starting from Bonnie Vale camping ground (to the left
of the toilet blocks). The walk takes you through some lush palms and bush, mangroves
and to the foot bridge linking Bundeena and Maianbar. This is the entrance to Cabbage
Tree Basin and Creek a tranquil and beautiful area, best explored from aboard a kayak.
Continue on over the bridge and up the track to Maianbar where you can stop for a
break at MGs Café.
Marley Beach 3hrs return
Take the trail from end of Beachcomber Avenue and follow
the Coast Track to Marley Beach. Take in some spectacular cliff top views. Great
place to check out the whales
The Coast Track 28kms – 9hrs one way
This popular coastline walk from Bundeena to
Otford has it all - stunning sandstone cliffs, isolated surf beaches and magnificent
ocean views. Best done as a two-day backpack trip with an overnight camp at North
Era (bush camping permit required Ph: NPWS 9542 0648)
Perfect for a weekend getaway with a fantastic choice of places to stay. There are
plenty of choice for places to stay including camping at Bonnie Vale camping grounds,
budget, mid-range and exclusive 5-star B&Bs and self-contained units.
Here are just some:
Bonnie Vale Camping Grounds - right on the water front and perfectly located for
bushwalking, fishing and watersports.
Cave House - apartment style accommodation with
spectacular views from private balcony. Phone: Doug on 9544 1620
Beachhaven Bed and
Breakfast - self contained luxury apartments for couples over looking the beach
Beachshack - a romantically restored 1929 Fisherman’s cottage right on the beachfront
at Gunyah Beach
Bundeena Beach B & B - Luxurious beachfront accommodation suitable for couples
Bundeena - Beachfront self-contained 2 bedroom apartment & stunning waterviews from
Jibbon View Beach House - 2 bedroom fully self contained beach house with magnificent
views over Park Hacking and National Park
Bundeena Boatshed: absolute beachfront accommodation
Sanctuary Bundeena: Spacious
self-contained studio apartment
We’d be very happy to list your Bundeena or Maianbar accommodation free of charge.
Please just email us a short description similar to those above.
Camping at Bundeena
The Bonnie Vale camping area in the Royal National Park at Bundeena is ideally situated
on the beachfront and adjacent to Cabbage Tree Basin on the edge of town. It is one
of the few if only waterfront camping areas in Sydney and an area where you can be
one with nature so close the hustle and bustle of Sydney. The area has amenities
blocks with toilets and hot showers, electric BBQ facilities and is only a couple
of minutes walk from the base of Bundeena Kayaks, where you can hire a kayak or paddle
board (ask for discount camper rates). There are around 60 camp sites, suitable for
drive in and walk in camping. All sites are un-powered. To book a campsite contact
National Parks and Wildlife on 9542 0648
Eating Out in Bundeena
Club Bundee and the Happy Dragon Chinese Restaurant: family friendly country style
club with regular live entertainment (including Open Mic Muso Night every Thursday)
and what we think is the greatest chinese restaurant in the Shire!
Bundeena RSL: club facilities with stunning water views, regular live entertainment
and restaurant and bistro
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days with a la carte and bistro
menus. Great waterviews
Passionfruit Cafe Takeaway: the place to go for the best
fish and chips in town, pizzas, salads, cakes and more. Grab a takeaway and head
to one of the many beaches around Bundeena or the kids playground straight across
the road. Open 7 days Ph: 9527 6555
Manna Cafe: Fantastic selection of health gourmet food and great coffee
Cafe Cookie: funky little cafe open for breakfast and lunch
Getting to Bundeena
Bundeena and Maianbar are just under 1 hour drive south from the centre of Sydney
and in the heart of stunning Royal National Park. Just inside the park is a ranger
station at which you will have to buy a vehicle pass (approx. $11) if you want to
stop anywhere in the park. If you are intending only to visit Bundeena and/or Maianbar
then a pass is not required. The drive through the park to Bundeena takes 20 minutes.
If taking public transport, make your way to Cronulla by train and then jump aboard
the historic Bundeena ferry for a relaxing 20 minute trip (cost approx. $6.10). Click
here for the Cronulla Bundeena Ferry Service timetable. The last ferry departs Bundeena
at 6 or 7pm (depending on the time the year).
Royal National Park Shuttle Bus Service
run a monthly night shuttle bus service operates from Bundeena to Cronulla return
on the first Saturday of each month. This service departs Bundeena at 10pm and departs
Cronulla for return trip to Bundeena at 11pm. Tickets must be booked in advance at