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CRONULLA HEADLAND: THE GUIDE
ACCESSIBILITY: Private/hired vehicle, public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Daylight hours
LOCATION: (Open in Google Maps)
WALKING DISTANCE: 6km Loop
TIME REQUIRED: 2-3 hours
TOURIST RATING: 6/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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Cronulla Headland: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
Sydney has some exceptionally beautiful coastlines and Cronulla is no exception. This walk passes by so many points of interest you’ll want to make sure camera or phone has plenty of battery.
Oh and while were at it, pack snacks and water because once you leave Cronulla there aren’t many shops along the way until you return. Also if your traveling by car there’s plenty of free parking. We parked at Eulora Beach at the top of the hill and walked down from there.
CRONULLA BEACH + NORTH + SOUTH ROCK POOLS
About 100-120m down from Cronulla you’ll reach the North Cronulla Rock Pool. After seeing images on the Gram and I had to get the drone up. It’s incredible how different a place can look from up in the air. Following the North Cronulla Pool is another larger pool known as; surprise surprise…. South Cronulla Pool and then South Cronulla Beach.
THE ESPLANADE LOOKOUTS + PEBBLY BAY
The Esplanade has heeeeaaapppps of places to sit on the grass hills snd some primo lookout points along the cliff edge that have the clearest view of the breaks just off shore.
We decided to followed one that led down to a small pebbly bay somewhere between Blackwoods and Shelly Beach. The water brushed in nice and calm after breaking on the rocks beforehand making a perfect little wading pool.
SHELLY BEACH + OCEAN POOL
Continue walking until you hit the next pitstop, Shelly Beach. Shelly has a small rocky sand patch that the surfers paddle out from and an ocean pool. There are a few older style yellow shelters around and one in particular which has been used by a local swimming group for 40+ years. All the information is written inside the structure along with the some historical newspaper clippings so make sure you go suss to get a real sense of the place.
GLASHIER POINT AKA WINDY POINT
If you’re a sucker for good strong, bold design like I am then you’ll love this next place. It has an almost 90 degree path that wedges itself between the Cliffside and the McMansions all lines up like an arrowhead.
OAK PARK BEACH
This beach had more of a family feel to it. Theres a few BBQs, picnic tables, a playground and a large rounded hill that rolls gently down toward the ocean pool – the perfect spot for a warm summer arvo with the kids.
BASS AND FLINDERS POINT
Named after a cutla blokes who sailed through Botany Bay long ago, this spot takes a turn and faces south toward Bundeena.
SALMON HAUL RESERVE
A little further long the track near the playground you’ll find a set of stairs that lead down to some hella turquoise waters. At the bottom there’s a narrow platform that faces the water and seems like a popular local fishing spot.
Whilst swimming isn’t recommended where there are hooks flying around it is popular at the reserve further along with its clear calm waters far from the hooks and wires of the fishermen.
If you continue along Nicholson Parade there will be a connecting pathway that takes you through Dark Park South and you’ll find your way back to the waters of Port Hacking estuary. The waters are shallow and calm perfect for families with young ones.
GUNNAMATTA BAY BATHS
The final stop along this walk requires you to follow Nicholson Parade for approximately 800m give or take depending on where you exit Darook Park. When you hit the corner of Gunnamatta Park follow the pathway toward the shoreline. There’s an unpatrolled netted swimming area known as the Baths. These can get very busy in summer with families especially because the water gets deep quickly and kids and adults alike use the platforms as a place to practice their backflips and bombs.
And that my friends brings you to the end of the headland loop. You can now follow Nicholson Parade back directly to South Cronulla Beach and grab something to eat and watch the waves roll in as the sunset like we did.
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