australia's surfing coast

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Cronulla - // Australia's surfing coast //

The 4km of coastline known as Cronulla actually comprises four different beaches – Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla – side by side on a single broad sweep of southern Sydney sand.

Being the only Sydney beach directly accessible via the CityRail network, Cronulla is a cultural melting-pot, combining local board-riding communities, surf lifesaving clubs, and beach-goers from as far afield as the city’s west and south-western fringe. As something of an urban hub, Cronulla has plenty of places to eat from flash restaurants to burger joints; it’s also a great place to shop for surfboards, board-shorts and anything else surf-related with major labels well represented just a short stroll from the ocean.

From monster barrels at sites known locally as Shark Island, Cape Solander and Voodoo to mellow beach breaks at South Cronulla and Boat Harbour to the north, it can genuinely be said to offer something for everyone. Cronulla is also Sydney’s first-choice beach for kite-boarders, especially in a solid swell with a southeast or southerly breeze.

Cronulla Beach was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2008, the fifth site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing; Cronulla surfing legend and former Association of Sufing Professionals world champion (1999) Mark Occhilupo (Occy) was guest of honour at the dedication ceremony. Occy also features in a a quick walkby role in surf flick Puberty Blues, filmed in Cronulla.

Getting there:
Cronulla is one of Sydney’s southern suburbs, 40 minutes' drive from the city centre; trains and buses run regularly.

Learn to surf schools:
Surfing Cronulla Surf School
Cronulla Surfing Academy

Things to do and see in Cronulla