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Exploring the Beaches of Port Hacking

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Published November 27th 2014
Relax and unwind in the Shire
There is no better way to enjoy a summers day in Sydney than going to the beach to cool off. But if you want to avoid the crowds of the popular city beaches you should head to Port Hacking.

Port Hacking is located in the Sutherland Shire, south of Sydney. It is known for its clean waterways and the surrounding Royal National Park.

Port Hacking
Port Hacking by boat

There are many different ways to explore the waterways and beaches of Port Hacking - by boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or even stand up paddle board. We recently spent a day exploring by boat.

Darook Park
Picturesque Darook Park

One of the most picturesque beaches in Port Hacking is Darook Park. Located in Gunnamatta Bay, Darook Park is a sheltered beach with a bush back drop It is popular with young families because you don't get the big waves of an ocean beach. The water is clear and calm and perfect for a play, a swim or paddle board ride.

Darook Park
Crystal clear water of Darook Park

On the south side of Port Hacking you will find the beaches of Bundeena, which are surrounded by National Park. Near the mouth of Port Hacking lies Jibbon Beach, a popular day and overnight anchorage adjacent to the township of Bundeena. Known for its snorkelling and diving this beach tends to be a bit rougher than the others and the water becomes deep very quickly.

Heading back upstream you will pass Gunyah Beach around the point and then you will come to Horderns Beach, the main beach in the town of Bundeena. Horderns Beach is located right next to the ferry wharf and is close to shops, a local playground and toilet facilities.

Horderns Beach
Horderns Beach Bundeena

If you venture around Cabbage Tree Point you will come to Simpsons Bay which fronts Bonnie Vale, a popular campground in the National Park. There is a beach, a lagoon area and the Deeban Spit which runs from Bonnie Vale right up past Maianbar.

Deeban Spit Port Hacking
Deeban Spit

This is a fantastic spot as you have the crystal clear water of Port Hacking on one side and a fantastic lagoon area on the other side of the spit. Bundeena Outdoor Adventures offers kayaks and stand up paddle boards for hire and they are very popular. You can find them at Bonnie Vale Picnic Grounds.

Bonnie Vale
Exploring by kayak at Bonnie Vale

We enjoyed our day exploring the different beaches of Port Hacking. The water was so clear and refreshing. At Deeban Spit we had a swim in the lagoon and found lots of different shells on the beach. On the day we were here there was even a marriage proposal by sky writer overhead! If you are looking for a relaxing day at the beach, without the crowds of the city, you can't go past Port Hacking.

Port Hacking
Time for a swim
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Which beach is the one captioned "time for a swim"?
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3136) 2333 days ago
Made it to Darook Park last weekend, 4yr old said it was the "best beach I have ever taken him to", he spent the day hunting crabs in the shallows and wants to go back this weekend, I want to try Deeban Spit.
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3136) 2278 days ago
Great story, knew about a couple of those places but not all, always in search of crystal clear waters. thanks
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3136) 2333 days ago
are any of those dog friendly
by vicki (score: 0|2) 2332 days ago
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