A ferry ride to Bundeena, Sydney South

Bundeena is a coastal town opposite Cronulla on the Port Hacking River and consists of a mixture of holiday homes and permanent residences. With a village atmosphere, Bundeena is surrounded by either water or parkland with Australia’s oldest national park – The Royal National Park to its south. One of the ways to access Bundeena is on the Cronulla ferry service which has been operating since 1939. The MV Curranulla is now the oldest commuter ferry operating to a timetable in Australia according to the ferry website!

So with an unexpected day off I found myself on the ferry to Bundeena last week on a beautiful sunny winter’s day. I took my 2yr old niece along for the ride. The new Bundeena ferry wharf opened last week so I had another excuse to take the ferry from Cronulla and check out the new structure. The week before never before experienced high seas saw an early test for the new wharf and the ferry service was cancelled for a few days.

For $5.70 each way the Bundeena to Cronulla ferry ride must be one of the cheapest water rides in Sydney. The ferry leaves from Gunnamatta Wharf at Cronulla which is just south of the new and improved Cronulla train station. As the ferry heads off to Bundeena I gazed across at beach houses on the east and waterfronts on the west, and then we headed across the Port Hacking River on a superb and calm day . The ferry trip is approx 20 – 30mins. The new wharf at Bundeena looks great, apparently a lot more substantial than the last structure and there were workers there still making final touches.

Once you get to Bundeena you can walk 100m down the road to the north-facing beach, the play equipment in the reserve behind the beach or the cafes across the road.

A few hours in this heavenly destination with views out to sea, the Hacking and the city it is enough to recharge the batteries and be ready for the working week and for a two year old to be tired and ready for a nap.

Thanks Bundeena, we will be back.


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