Time moves at a slower pace in Bundeena. This is its essence. It is a true escape yet only 75 minutes drive from the CBD.
Bundeena is an Aboriginal word meaning “noise like thunder” (presumed to be a reference to the sound of the waves crashing on Horderns Beach). It is a unique north-facing beachside village, and that is largely due to its isolation and location within the Royal National Park.
Bundeena is adjacent to the village of Maianbar and lies on the southern side of Port Hacking, opposite the suburbs of Cronulla and Burraneer. The beaches at Bundeena are Jibbon Beach, Gunyah Beach, Horderns Beach and Bonnie Vale Beach. Cabbage Tree Creek and ‘The Basin’ separate Bundeena from the smaller village of Maianbar. A bush track and footbridge link the two villages. Bonnie Vale is also one of the few camp grounds within the Royal National Park.
The Royal National Park is blessed with a handful of lovely beaches – Wattamolla, Garie and Burning Palms amongst the most beautiful beaches in Australia. The Wedding Cake Rock and the Figure Eight Pools (at low tide) are highlights on The Coastal Track which is a spectacular full day walk from Bundeena to Otford.
Sydney Coast Walks can guide your hiking and camping adventures through the national park while Bundeena Kayaks offer guided or unguided tours by kayak or stand up paddleboard. You can also hike to the tip of the spectacular Jibbon Headland, with views of the sparkling blue waters and sandstone cliffs below. Aboriginal rock engravings made by Dharawal people can also be found here.
On the first Sunday of the month the local art trail is open all day, when local artists and artisans share their studios and offer a rare glimpse into their working lives and creative journeys. There are more than 20 artists waiting to welcome you into their studios for a look inside the creative process. Artworks on show and for sale include paintings, drawings, printmaking, wood carving, decorative and functional pottery, glassware and jewellery.
Should you feel like a slightly faster pace, catch the ferry across to Cronulla for a long lunch, a movie or a spot of shopping. If you are adventurous, you can even connect and catch the train in to the city for an easy day trip – it is all possible in beautiful Bundeena.