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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.