A recent graduate of Creative Writing, Melanie enjoys shopping for vintage goods and exploring new places.
Published June 7th 2012
Just sixty minutes south of the Sydney CBD, the beachside village of Bundeena offers visitors a peaceful, picturesque setting with a number of secluded beaches, picnic areas, markets, shops and cafes.
Travelling to Bundeena becomes an enjoyable experience on its own, as you can choose to either drive through the scenic Royal National Park, with its wealth of native flora and fauna, or relax with a twenty minute boat ride from Gunnamatta Bay wharf, where the ferry departs on the half hour and takes you across to Bundeena's Hordern Beach wharf. Amongst Bundeena's array of idyllic beaches, Hordern is most popular as it is located just metres from perfect picnic spots, shops and cafes, as well as art galleries. On the first Sunday of every month you can enjoy Markets by the Sea, located near the ferry wharf and showcasing local talent in handmade ceramics, jewellery and textiles, as well as an abundance of other fine goods.
If you fancy escaping from the tourist crowds, there are a variety of other beaches, all located within minutes from one another. The locals enjoy Gunyah Beach, as it is the perfect place to snorkel or spend a lazy, quiet afternoon enjoying the fresh sea breeze. Bonnie Vale Beach is located nearby in the Royal National Park and although it requires a fee to enter, there are multiple facilities on offer such as sheltered picnic and barbeque areas as well as camping grounds. Park passes can be obtained from the Royal National Park entrance and cost $11 per vehicle per day.
Jibbon Beach is also located in the Royal National Park, however no entrance fee is required. People flock here to view the extraordinary seaside cliffs featuring famous Aboriginal rock carvings as well as to enjoy the surf.
Perfect for a weekend getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of traffic, Bundeena and its surrounding beaches provide the ultimate tranquillity and activities the whole family will enjoy.