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Royal National Park

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Based at Bonnie Vale Picnic Grounds in Bundeena in southern Sydney. Ph: 9544 5294

Explore Bundeena

Explore Bundeena

About Bundeena

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


  1. Explore Maianbar Sand Flats /Soldier Crabs
  2. Catch the Royal Natioal Park Shuttle Bus to Wattomolla for a 1 way walk back to Bundeena - More
  3. Picnic at Bonnie Vale beachfront
  4. Enjoy one of many scenic bushwalks starting from Bundeena (see below)
  5. Hire a kayak or paddle board or book in a guided tour at Bundeena Kayaks
  6. Partake in a potting class at Something at Marys
  7. Whale watching May-July and Sept - Nov - More...
  8. Check out the Art Trail & Markets by the Sea - 1st Sunday every month
  9. Paddle Surf a wave in the famous Bay Surf
  10. Pack your tent and book in for camping at Bonnie Vale camp ground
  11. Relax with a beer and lunch or dinner at Bowlo or RSL
  12. Explore Bundeena’s beaches!


Bundeena 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 Naturalist’s beaches

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 from www.arttrail.com.au

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)


Accommodation

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. The best place to head for up to date information and prices is www.stayz.com.au

Here are just some:
Bundeena Houseboat Holidays -enjoy a holiday afloat!
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
Bundeena 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
Brightside Bundeena - Beachfront self-contained 2 bedroom apartment & stunning waterviews from deck
Jibbon View Beach House - 2 bedroom fully self contained beach house with magnificent views over Park Hacking and National Park

Bundeena Beach Hut: unique beach-side setting

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 www.royalnationalparkshuttle.com.au

Further Information

www.bundeenainfo.com

www.visitbundeena.com

www.visittheshire.com.au


About Bundeena

Accommodation

Top 12 Things to Do

Places to Eat

Bundeena Beaches

How to Get Here

Monthly Art Trail and Markets

Further Information

Bushwalking in Royal National Park

Transport Options - Royal National Park Shuttle Bus Service and Ferry Sevice