Cronulla is the rough-edged beachside gem in Sydney's Shire crown. It’s been immortalised in the coming-of-age novel Puberty Blues (and the more recent TV adaptation), but it’s come a long way since the era of Chiko Rolls and surfie chicks. It’s home to Sydney’s longest continuous stretch of beach, some of the city’s finest takeaway picnic fodder, long-running music venues, and a clutch of well-kept cafés.
What it lacks in inner city glamour, it makes up for in stunning coastal walks, safe swimming spots patrolled year-round, and the easily accessible mall, which is more attuned to cruisy outdoor window shopping than multi-storey retail madness. If you’re headed south, factor in an adventure in the Royal National Park, which is accessible from the Cronulla Wharf. Love the seaside life? Find more superb coastal spots via the best ferry trips in Sydney.
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