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Cronulla, New South Wales
Population: 16,754 (2006 Census)
Established: 1908
Postcode: 2230
Property Value: AUD $985,000 (2009)
Location: 26 km (16 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA: Sutherland Shire
State District: Cronulla
Federal Division: Cook
Suburbs around Cronulla:
Caringbah Kurnell Kurnell
Woolooware Cronulla Bate Bay
Burraneer Maianbar Bundeena

Cronulla is a beachside suburb, in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Cronulla is located 26 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Sutherland Shire.

Cronulla is located on a peninsula framed by Botany Bay to the north, Bate Bay to the east, Port Hacking to the south, and Gunnamatta Bay to the west. The neighbouring suburb of Woolooware lies to the west of Cronulla. The Kurnell peninsula, the site of the first landfall on the eastern coastline made by Lt. (later Captain) James Cook in 1770, is accessed by driving northeast out of Cronulla on Captain Cook Drive.



Cronulla is derived from kurranulla, meaning ‘‘place of the pink seashells’’ in the dialect of the area's Aboriginal inhabitants, the Gweagal, who were a clan of the Tharawal (or Dharawal) tribe of Indigenous Australians. They were the traditional custodians of the southern geographic areas of Sydney. The beaches were named by Surveyor Robert Dixon who surveyed here in 1827-28 and by 1840, the main beach was still known as Karranulla. [1]

Matthew Flinders and George Bass explored and mapped the coastline and Port Hacking estuary in 1796 and the southernmost point of Cronulla is named Bass and Flinders Point, in their honour. John Connell received a grant of 380 acres (1.5 km2) in 1835.

Cronulla Theatre and Cronulla Plaza

Thomas Holt (1811-88) owned most of the land that stretched from Sutherland to Cronulla in the 1860s. Holt built Sutherland House on the foreshore of Gwawley Bay in 1818, on the eastern side of Sylvania. The Cronulla area was subdivided in 1895 and land was offered for sale at 10 pounds per acre. In 1899, the government named the area Gunnamatta, which means sandy hills. On the 26th February 1908 it was officially changed to Cronulla and Gunnamatta was used for the name of the bay, on the western side.

After the Illawarra railway line was built to Sutherland in 1885, the area became popular for picnics and swimming. Steam trams operated between Cronulla and Sutherland from 1911. Many regulars rented beach houses at Cronulla every year for school holidays. The Oriental Hotel was built by Captain Spingall in 1888, on the present site of apartments behind the North Cronulla Hotel. The Cecil Hotel was located on the foreshore of South Cronulla and the Ritz Café was popular with holiday-makers. The Cecil Apartments were built on the former site of this hotel. The steam trams were replaced by the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra railway line when it opened in 1939.[2]

Northies Hotel

The post office opened in January 1891, known as Cronulla Beach, but closed in 1893. It reopened in 1907 and the name was officially changed to Cronulla in 1929. The first public school opened in 1910. From the 1950s, many of the guest houses began being replaced by high rise flats. Even though it developed as a residential area, Cronulla remained popular with beachgoers and tourists. Several hotels, motels and serviced apartments operate today. The Cronulla Bicentennial Plaza opened in February 1989.

In 2005, the beachfront at Cronulla was the scene of widely-publicised mob disturbances and violent confrontations.[3] These incidents continued over a number of days and also spread to other areas in Sydney.[4] See 2005 Cronulla riots.


Cronulla is a popular tourist attraction and attracts many beachgoers from all over Sydney. Cronulla Beach features a long stretch of sand that runs from Boat Harbour to North Cronulla, followed by rock pools and another sandy beach at South Cronulla. The beaches of Cronulla from north to south are: Boat Harbour, Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, North Cronulla Beach, Cronulla Beach, Blackwoods Beach, Shelly Beach and Oak Park. Local names also apply to various parts of the beach, such as The Alley, between Cronulla Beach and North Cronulla, The Wall, between North Cronulla and Elouera and Green Hills, to the north of Wanda, Sandshoes, near the mouth of the Port Hacking estuary, Voodoo Reef and The Point. The beaches are perfect recreational areas for swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing and other water sports.

Shark Island, just off Cronulla Beach, is a famous surfing and bodyboarding spot, and the site of the annual Shark Island Challenge bodyboarding contest. Gunnamatta Bay provides protected swimming at the baths off Gunnamatta Park. Port Hacking is a popular location for such water sports as waterskiing and wakeboarding.


  • Bass & Flinders Point is the southernmost part of Cronulla and features a monument to explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders, who explored the Port Hacking estuary.
  • Darook Park, Gunnamatta Park and Tonkin Park are all located on Gunnamatta Bay.
  • Cronulla Park is located behind the beach at South Cronulla.
  • Dunningham Park sits behind the beach at North Cronulla, shaded by large Norfolk Island Pines. It features a children's playground, picnic tables and a kiosk.
  • Munro Park, featuring the Cronulla War Memorial, is located opposite Cronulla railway station.
  • Cronulla Recreational Reserve is located beside the car park at Wanda Beach, popular for sport and recreational activities such as flying kites.
  • Shelly Park sits behind Shelley Beach.

Commercial area

The main shopping strip runs along Cronulla Street, which has been partly converted into a pedestrian mall known as Cronulla Plaza. It also extends along the Kingsway, Gerrale Street and other surrounding streets. Cronulla has developed a café culture, with some great cafés and restaurants located along the North Cronulla foreshore and Cronulla Plaza. Tourists can choose from a number of hotels, motels and serviced apartments. Cronulla has many attractions including an independent cinema, nightclubs, pubs and bars. Northies is a well-known pub, near North Cronulla Beach.


Cronulla Ferry Wharf

Trains terminate at Cronulla railway station on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra line, on the City Rail network. Cronulla Tunnel Gallery is just north of the station, linking Cronulla Street to Tonkin Street.

Cronulla and National Park Ferry Cruises runs passenger services around Port Hacking and a regular route between Cronulla and Bundeena, on the edge of the Royal National Park. The Cronulla Ferry wharf sits on Gunnamatta Bay, beside Tonkin Park.

Veolia Transport NSW has three bus routes, that all stop at Cronulla Railway Station. These are 984 Miranda via North Caringbah, 985 Miranda via South Cronulla and 987 Kurnell via North Cronulla.



North Cronulla Tower
  • The local National Rugby League football club is the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. The Cronulla-Sutherland League's Club and home ground, Endeavour Field, are located on Captain Cook Drive at Woolooware.
  • Surf lifesaving clubs are located along the beach at Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and South Cronulla.
  • Many soccer clubs are located in the Cronulla district, the most prominent being Cronulla Seagulls and the Cronulla RSL clubs.
  • Surfing plays a major role in Cronulla. Famous professional surfer and 1999 world champion Mark Occhilupo ('Occy') grew up surfing in Cronulla. Many surfboard shapers hand craft their surfboards in Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire.
  • The "Cronulla International Cycling Grand Prix" has been held in Cronulla since 2006. In 2009 it was also the Australian National Criterium Championships.[5][6]


  • Cronulla Spring Festival is held every year on the second weekend of September. It includes free entertainment, food and many variety stalls.
  • Cronulla Markets are held every two weeks at Cronulla High School. They feature fresh produce, organic produce and variety stalls.

Popular culture

  • Puberty Blues is a book and movie about the surfing culture in the Sutherland Shire.
  • An episode of the popular science-fiction TV series Farscape was filmed in Cronulla.
  • The Australia's Next Top Model (Cycle 4) house was situated on Gunnamatta Bay.



According to the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population, there were 16,502 people usually resident in Cronulla. 15.6% stated they were born overseas with the top countries of birth being United Kingdom 4.7%, New Zealand 2.2% and South Africa 0.5%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 83.1% of residents and the most common other languages spoken were Greek 1.0%, Italian 0.8% and Spanish 0.6%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 29.3%, Anglican 25.3% and Uniting Church 4.1%. [7]

Notable Residents

Daniel MacPherson of City Homicide, Jason Stevens of the Cronulla Sharks, model Cheyenne Tozzi & her model/actress sister Tahyna Tozzi, actress & singer Toni Pearen, cricketer Ricky Ponting, presenter Chloe Maxwell, footballer Matt Rogers, model Lara Bingle, Sharni Vinson of Home and Away, Brendan Cowell of Love My Way, Myles Pollard of McLeod's Daughters, Ironman Chris McCormack.


Cronulla is home to a number of primary and secondary schools: Cronulla High School, De La Salle College, Our Lady of Mercy College, Cronulla Public School, South Cronulla Public School, St Francis De Sales, Burraneer Bay Public School, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School.


St Andrews Anglican Church, St Aloysius Catholic Church, Cronulla Baptist Church, Cronulla Uniting Church, Presbyterian War Memorial Church.

See also



  1. ^$file/Factsheet_6_FINAL_20030728.pdf Sutherland Shire Place Names
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ "Mob violence envelops Cronulla". AAP. 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2006-08-31.  
  4. ^ "Now churches are targeted". The Australian. unknown.,5744,17572776%255E601,00.html. Retrieved 2006-08-31.  
  5. ^ National Championships awarded to Cronulla Grand PrixCycling NSW, Retrieved 13 December 2009
  6. ^ Daniel Lane McEwen leads pack of cycling aces in race to rebuild shire's reputation Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 2006, Retrieved 13 December 2009
  7. ^

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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Cronulla is a beachside suburb in the Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney.

Get in

Cronulla is the only Sydney beach located on a train line and has a large amount of free parking along the foreshore. This can make it one of the most accessible of Sydney beaches.

By train

There is a direct CityRail [1] train service from Sydney City to Cronulla. The train leaves at least every 30 minutes and the trip takes around 55 minutes. If coming from Sydney Airport take the train from the airport to Wolli Creek and change to a Cronulla bound train.

By car

It is a 45 minute drive by car from Sydney City centre, or 30 minutes from Sydney Airport. Continue to drive south past the airport along Botany Bay and continue to follow the signposted route to Cronulla. There is no charge for parking at the Cronulla beaches or anywhere in Cronulla. Parking time limits do apply in places so check before you leave you car because parking inspectors are quite prominent in the area.

By bike

The cycle route from Homebush Bay to Kurnell passes near to Cronulla. It is a pleasant and largely off-road cycle from Botany Bay to the northern Cronulla beaches. From the cycleway along Captain Cook Drive, follow Elouera Road into Cronulla. There are some cycle facilities on this road. If you want a quieter route, or if you are in a hurry to get to the beach, turn first left off Elouera Rd, and follow the beach into Cronulla, or stop for a dip at Wanda.

Get around

Once you are in Cronulla, the shops, North and South Cronulla Beaches, and Gunnamatta Bay are within walking distance of the accommodation spots and the train station. The north end of Cronulla mall aligns with North Cronulla Beach, the centre (Surf Road) aligns with South Cronulla Beach. The far southern end of the mall, past the station, is Gunnamatta Bay.

Walking 1km along the beach esplanade northwards will get you to Eloura Beach and a further 1km will get you to Wanda Beach. Walking southwards along the ocean will get you to Shelly Beach and then Bass and Flinders Point.

You can drive and park within Cronulla, but parking can get difficult during summer, especially if there is a surf carnival on, or on a sunny summer weekend, and especially at South Cronulla beach.

There are buses from Cronulla and Caringbah stations that service surrounding areas [http:/]. They will get you closer to the Eleura or Wanda beach than the train does. The catch is that they run infrequently, every hour or so on weekdays, and every couple of hours on weekends. They also wander around the area rather than travelling directly, taking around half an hour for the trip.

Taxis are available at the station.

  • Cronulla Beach, (Short walk from the train station). There is no one Cronulla Beach, but rather South Cronulla and North Cronulla Beaches separated by a headland and connected by a waterfront walk. Both beaches have grassy park areas behind them suitable for picnics etc.  edit
  • Eloura Beach and Wanda Beach, (North and East of Cronulla beach). North Cronulla, Eloura and Wanda are all part of the same long stretch of sand. These beaches are further to walk, but often offer easier parking and less crowds. They also may be less sheltered than South Cronulla. The length of sand here is greater than any of the other Southern Sydney beaches.  edit
  • Bass and Flinder Memorial, (South along the beachfront esplanade from South Cronulla Beach). Bass and Flinders discovered the Port Hacking waterway around Cronulla. A memorial to them and and explanation of their journey is on the headland near the entrance to Port Hacking. Nice views across the river and ocean from here.  edit
  • Gunnamatta Bay, (On the southern side of Cronulla, the opposite side of the station to the ocean). Gunnamatta Bay is on the bay side of Cronulla. It has a large netted cnclosure for swimming, and no waves. Its has a large deep water section, that you can swim laps etc. Although diving is a bad idea, the water is plenty deep enough to jump off the wharf, and there will be plenty of kids doing just that on a summer weekend. A coffee shop, beach, and park..  edit
  • Darook Park, (On the southern side of Cronulla, the opposite side of the station to the ocean). Darook Park are is also on the bay side of Cronulla,  edit
  • Surfing. Is available at all the Cronulla ocean beaches. Surfboard hire is available at Wanda Beach  edit
  • Swimming. You can choose to swim in the surf, or the rock pools at the ocean beaches, or in the calm waters of the bay.  edit
  • Walking. Along the esplanade. Head south from North or South Cronulla beaches, you can walk from an hour or so along this paved waterfront path.  edit
  • Sunbathing. Just lying on the beach doing nothing  edit
  • Snorkeling. There are some beautiful reefs in the Cronulla with most in the South. If you follow the coast line of Cronulla you'll come across 2 parks the first one is called Shelly Beach and the next Oak Park. These are awesome places to go and see the reefs of Cronulla and if your even more adventurous you could go across to Bundeena, which has a vast area of reef which most of the time you'll have to yourself. :)  edit
  • Scuba Diving.  edit
  • Pro Drive Cronulla, (On Cronulla St, just towards the mall from the station). Offers dives and introductory courses around Cronulla  edit
  • Movies and Books. If reading is your thing there is a modern and comfortable library on the mall, with lots of space for lounging around with a book. [2]. There are also a movie cinemas accessible from the northern end of Cronulla Mall (located on the Kingsway next to McDonalds), showing all the latest flicks. You will always get a seat.  edit


Cronulla Mall Runs between Cronulla Station and the Kingsway. It is an outdoor pedestrian precinct bordered by shops and cafes. It has a beachware stores, other fashion stores, as well as supermarkets, bakeries, and take away food.

Miranda Fair is the major shopping hub of the Sutherland Shire, around 5km from Cronulla.


Cronulla Mall is filled with take-away places, alfresco cafes, and restaurants with just about every kind of food. Good for lunch, coffee or a cheap meal, or an evening meal. North Cronulla Beach has a selection of restaurants just in front of the beach, good for dinner, or breakfast by the waves. South Cronulla Beach has a selection of cafes, fish and chips and ice-cream, great to eat in the park or on the rock wall with your feet in the sand. All the beaches have kiosks open when the beach is busy if you don't want to move your towel.

  • Nulla Nulla, (The station end of Cronulla mall), (02) 9544 3239. An eat-in coffee shop. It is a great place to go for a good coffee and food. Expect to pay restaurant prices.  edit
  • Grind, (Surf Road, up from South Cronulla, off the mall). Good coffee, but also among the most expensive take away eapresso in town. They usually have a extra special grind available, for an extra price.  edit
  • Flavour of North India Ready made Indian, at value prices, located on the south side of the mall. Don't confuse it with the other Indian takeaway on the mall (Handi Ghandi).
  • Montein Tong, A Thai Take-Away and eat-in restaurant located about 3 shops up from Flavour of North India. This Thai place is always busy, has been there forever, and serves reasonably priced food. If you don't like the Thai here, then you have an issue with the taste buds of a generation of Cronulla locals.
  • The Best Noodle Inn, 2 shops from Flavour of North India, it hosts a variety of Asian dishes at a very cheap price. Make sure you try the cheap but tasty $3 satay rice. A local favourite indeed
  • Tarkan's, A great Turkish pide and kebab shop open from 11AM to 1PM F-Su and 11AM-10PM every other day. A favourite after a late night. Located across from the Post Office on Cronulla Mall. You will not miss it, it is bright pink.
  • JD's Bar and Restaurant,(ph:(02)9523-3341) $10 steaks each and every night and a variety of other foods with a great pub atmosphere definitely a place to go with a group of friends.
  • Zink Bar, located right at the end of the Kingsway in the North Cronulla Strip of restaurants, they have $13 steaks and a wide variety of food and drinks, in a vibrant atmosphere. (02-9527-9111)
  • Hog's Breath Cafe a steak house located by North Cronulla Beach a little further down from Zink bar and up from Sealevel, a family favourite not quite as expensive as Summer Salt or Sealevel but can be hefty if taking a large family. [3]
  • Little Italy [4] (Right out the front of Cronulla RSL near South Cronulla Beach by the roundabout) a great Italian restaurant with a large variety of pizza's and many Italian dishes, it also does take-away and home deliveries.
  • Zilla's a lovely place for a good meal with local star DJ, DJ zilla

the restaurant is just off the edge of gunnamatta bay warhf

  • Sea Level, (Right on North Cronulla Beach), [5]. Seafood restaurant. Book ahead, as it tends to be popular  edit
  • The Nuns' Pool, 103 Ewos Parade, Cronulla (across the road from Shelly Beach), [6]. Modern styling, and popular for weekend breakfast. Certainly one of the more expensive breakfasts in Cronulla though. Great views of the water. Try the Affagato on a summer's day for the perfect ice cream and coffee mix. $25-$40 for mains. Breakfast, Lunch, and functions.  edit
  • Summer Salt, Mitchell Road, Cronulla, in Eloura Surf Life Saving Club, [7]. Cronulla's most expensive and elegant restaurant. Full degustation menu available, but still does kids meals! $30-$40 for mains. Weeknight specials.  edit
  • Northies Bar and Restaurant,One of the most famous drinking holes in Sydney. People as far as Queensland have heard of Northies. Northies is famous for its great atmostphere and great location. Cronulla loves to drink and you will see locals (and ring-ins) out on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays (day and night) at Cronulla's favorite drinking spot. Very popular and crowded spot located directly across from North Cronulla Beach. On other weeknights, it is actually a nice spot for dinner and a casual drink not too far for the beach. The restaurant is reasonable, and has kids meals. Sit inside to escape the cigarette smoke.
  • Cronulla RSL [8](located at South Cronulla beach) an RSL with a great sports bar and cocktail room, it also host a pokie room. It has a nice view of the beach.
  • Fusions Nightclub Although no where as good as a night club in the city, fusions can be quiet handy. It is across from Gloria Jeans on Cronulla Mall and costs $10 for entry after 9PM.
  • Cronulla Leagues Club, [9] if you are looking for more of a club atmosphere, or just a place you can gamble away all your money and drink at a reasonable price then this is it. Hosting a huge pokie room and television area if your keen on watching the Rugby League. It is the club of the local Cronulla Sharks football team. This venue is in Woolooware, around 3km from Cronulla, and around 1km walk from Woolooware station.
  • Rydges Cronulla Sydney, [10] Located on the Kingsway opposite Cronulla Beach just down from the mall - If you look up you will see Rydges written on the side of the building. Certainly not a luxury hotel, but has the basics. It's the most up-market place to stay in Cronulla - no other major competitors. Try to get an ocean view room if you can. Often Internet only specials on their web page.
  • Quest Apartments and Hotel, Located directly across from Rydges. Don't really get what you pay for but at least there's a roof over your head.
  • Cronulla Beach YHA, [11] Level 1, 40-42 Kingsway, Cronulla, ph: 02 9527 7772, fax 02 9527 0533. email Dorm beds $22-$27 per night. Double/twin rooms $64-70 per night.
  • Cronulla Motor Inn,[12] Located on the Kingsway right as you enter Cronulla on the left hand side, it has a big sign out the front - if you are looking, it is hard to miss.


Cronulla library has Wi-Fi and 10 computer terminals. Wi-Fi is $2 for two hours. Terminals are available at $3.30 per hour, but during peak times they may all be in use.

McDonalds in Cronulla has free Wi-Fi.

Get out

A ferry leaves from Cronulla every hour to Bundeena on the edge of National Park. Bundeena has its own bay beaches which are quieter than Cronulla, and a small selection of restaurants, take away places and coffee. Catch the ferry from the ferry wharf on the Gunnamatta Bay side of the railway behind the station. Don't miss the last ferry back. The timetable is on the wharf.

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


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