I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published April 1st 2015
There is much more to Sutherland than meets the eye.
This is now the 5th of six articles that I have been putting together to highlight some of the amazing suburbs in the Sutherland Shire.
Sutherland is a suburb in southern Sydney and is located about 30 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.
Get away from the hustle and bussle of the CBD and come to Sutherland. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Thomas Holt (1811–88) purchased 13,000 acres (53 km2) in the 1860s that stretched from Sutherland to Cronulla. The Sutherland area was originally heavily timbered and timber-cutting became the first industry. Holt initiated many commercial projects including timber cutting, coal mining, sheep farming and oyster farming. He built a forty room mansion called Sutherland House in 1881 at Sylvania, on the bank of Gwawley Bay. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1918, thought to have been deliberately lit.
The first road through the area was South Road constructed in 1842. Later Illawarra Road was built along the ridges of highland to the Woronora River. The Prince Highway became the main thoroughfare through Sutherland, linking Sydney to the Illawarra region.
The railway line was constructed in the 1880s and development followed. Residents lived in humpies or tents in the bush. Once the land was cleared, a township developed around the railway station. In 1886 there were only four permanent buildings: the railway station, the station master's residence, the railway keeper's cottage and a general store run by a man called Bromley.
An old house from the 1940's in Sutherland. Photo courtesy of Sutherland Library.
The post office opened on 1 September 1886 and a school began classes in 1887. In 1906, the shire of Sutherland was proclaimed and the name Sutherland was officially declared. The first meetings were held in the shire clerk's home and the Council Chambers were built in 1915. By the 1920s, steam trams operated between Cronulla and Sutherland.
HOW TO GET THERE.
By Car: Sutherland is about 30 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and is about 3 km from the Woronora River, 6 km from the entrance to the Royal National Park, about 11 km from the beaches at Cronulla and 16 km from Kurnell. It would take you approximately forty minutes from the Sydney CBD, about forty minutes from Liverpool and about the same from Wollongong.
Travelling from the Sydney CBD you will need to get onto Southern Cross drive and go past the Sydney Airport on the Botany Bay side. Drive across the Cooks River Bridge heading south through Brighton-Lee-SANDS, Dolls Point and Sans Souci. You will need to then cross the Captain Cooks Bridge and turn right into the Boulvarde. From here, it will take you around ten minutes to reach Sutherland.
When travelling from Liverpool you could either go through Engadine or take the Bangor By-pass over the Woronora Bridge.
Take the Bangor by- pass over the Wornora Bridge from Sutherland to Lucas Heights where you will find ANSTO.
Coming up from Wollongong to will either drive up the Mount Ousley Road or Bulli Pass and onto the F1. You will pass through Heathcote, Engadine; pass the Royal National Park and vere off to the left. From here you will go pass the Sydney Tram Museum, Lofts TAFE, on the left and the Sutherland Leisure and Basketball stadium on the right. Or you could vere around to the right and the bypass will take you passed the Dolphin Wall. Once you reach President Avenue, you will need to turn left and follow this road down to the centre of Sutherland.
Driving up from the south you may go passed the dolphin wall. I wonder how many there are?
By Public Transport: Catch a train from Central on the Illawarra line to Sutherland. The Illawarra line runs from Sydney city and the Sydney airports through the Sutherland Shire, entering at Como to the north and from Wollongong through Waterfall in the south. Check out the full timetable, prices and other information at the City Rail site.
There are so many great places that you can dine at, order take-a-away or get home delivery from in the Sutherland area - it would take me months to go through and list them all. So I have picked some of the ones that I have eaten at and like and some that I am planning to visit and try out their meals. I am sure that you will find many more. Also the main meal prices are an approximate at the time of writing.
Bangor Tavern Hotel Restaurant.
Cuisines including seafood, Italian, Asian or traditional Australian. You could try their BBQ pork ribs, sangria, tapas, pizzas, salt and peppered squid, chicken parma and burgers. The prices range from $10 to $23 for mains. Located at Bangor Tavern. Cnr Menai Rd & Yala Rd Bangor NSW 2234. Ph: 9543 1866. For more information click here.
The Bangor Tavern. It's more than just great food. Photo courtesy of the Bangor Tavern.
Boyles Sutherland Hotel's new restaurant features a variety of food catering for all. Their snack and light meals menu includes hamburgers, salads, bangers & mash, lamb dippers, bruschetta, soups and calamari. They also have a full range of mains and pasta dishes, Hereford grass fed beef, lamb and chicken dishes and a selection of fresh seafood. The prices range from $10 to $23 for mains. For more information, click here.
• The New Chambers Cafe Restaurant, Sutherland.
Whether you want a quiet dinner for two or a Greek banquet with all the trimmings, we have a menu that will satisfy everyone. It does not matter if you are a seafood fanatic or a meat lover, our menu caters for all. Why don't you try one of their set menus: Greek Salad, Taramosalata, Spanakopites, Tyropites, Pan-fried Haloumi Cheese, Pan-fried Kalamarakia, BBQ Octopus, Char-grilled Meat Platter: Lamb Souvlakia, Lamb Cutlets, Pork Chops, Loukanika (spicy Greek Sausages), Ortikia (Quails) and home-cut chips. Plus Coffee or Dessert. $48 pp. Min of 4 people. For more information click here.
• Club Central Menai.
Here you can dine on house crumbed dory, Angus beef sausages, roast of the day, parmesan crumbed lamb cutlets, spaghetti with prawns and chicken Caesar salad. The prices range from $15 to $28 for mains. For more information, click here.
• Copperpot Indian Restaurant, Menai.
You can dine in or order take-a-way from this small, but intimate restaurant. If you have a number of people in your group there is additional seating on terrace out front. Food was of a very high standard, with a perfect balance of spices all served in authentic metal pots that kept meal at perfect temperature until the end of the meal. The prices range from $10 to $20 for mains. Located at 90 /72-80 Allison Crescent Menai. Ph (02) 95320533
• Daytao Thai, Sutherland.
Yum, fresh seafood. Photo courtesy of Daytao Thai, Sutherland.
They served fresh, flavourful, and healthy Thai dishes that were straight from the streets of Thailand. There are over 50 dishes to choose from that have various levels of spice to meet the various tastes of Sydney-siders, while maintaining authenticity. You can dine-in, order take-a-way or order online.
Why don't you try their Soft Shell Crab Salad for $22.90 or what about the royal king prawns, whole snapper and the doytao seafood platter for about $37. It has shredded carrots, red onion, tomatoes, celery tossed together in sweet and sour dressing; this salad makes an excellent accompaniment to the crispy crab with moist insides. The prices range from $10 to $37 for mains. For more information, click here.
• Grissini Ristorante Menai Metro.
Surrounded by Menai's lush bushlands and fauna, Grissini Ristorante sits coyly beside the Menai Conservation Park - barely a walk from the Menai marketplace.
Grissini's ingredients are top of the range - all natural and fresh from Jason's daily trips to the Menai markets. Grissini's experienced team of chefs pride themselves on their culinary work, hand making pasta and hand rolling pizzas that have been called nothing short of "simply divine!" by the locals within Menai. From casual restaurant dining with the family, to a dinner date under the stars in the warmed alfresco gazebo dining area, to a booked out function or party. The prices range from $12 to $30 for mains. For more information, click here.
Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre.
Set amid landscaped gardens, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre has been specifically designed to appeal to the whole community. The combination of a major public gallery with a comprehensive arts centre, cafe, theatrette and community gallery makes a unique creative resource for everyone. Click here, for more information.
La Bamba Pizzeria in Sutherland offers family friendly, affordable dining. Take away and eat in dining is available and the menu includes wholesome pizzas and pasta. The prices range from $12 to $25 for mains. Located at 826 Old Princes Highway Sutherland. Ph. (02) 9521 8684
• Much More Than Coffee, Bangor.
Winner of the Cafe of the Year for 2014 in NSW/ACT. Great coffee and cakes. Located at Bangor Shopping Centre. 121 Yala Road Bangor. (02) 95433933
• Palace Garden Chinese Restaurant.
This is a great little Chinese restaurant that you can dine in at or order take-a-way. Very pleasant food and plenty of it. The prices range from $12 to $30 for mains. Located at Shop 9, 72 to 80 Allison Crescent Menai. (02) 9543 8399
• Stapleton's Restaurant, Sutherland.
Great place to go if you are after a steak and they are fully licensed. They have an eextensive range of Australian wine by the bottle and glass. Plus local and imported beer. BYO bottled wine only. The prices range from $16 to $36 for mains. For more, information click here.
• Sushi Train, Sutherland.
The food here is very nice, but I would make sure that you ring and book as it is very popular. The only thing I found here was that I got carried away and didn't realise the cost until I counted up the dishes. Dishes range from $3.50 to $6.00 each. For more information, click here.
Try not to get carried away like I did. Photo courtesy of the Sushi Train at Sutherland.
• Sutherland Pizzeria Restaurant.
If you like pizzas, then this is the place to go in Sutherland. You can get small, medium and large pizzas, boscaiala, bruschetta, garlic and chilli prawns, plus much more here. You can even pick your own topping. The prices range from $12 to $30. For more information, click here.
• MP Thai Rose, Sutherland.
I have been here a number of times over the years and I still keep coming back. Their menu offers a wide range of Thai snow peas, king prawn satay, lemon pork and many more. You can order online as well or they will deliver our delicious food directly to your front door. The prices range from $12 to $25. For more information, click here.
Whether you want to hit a few golf balls at a driving range or test your skills against an 18 hole golf course, go for a swim or get some exercise. Maybe you can play a bit of pool, see if you can win at bingo, or take in a movie or a show. There are a number of places that you can do all of this and more in Sutherland. Listed below are a few that are worth a visit.
• Barden Ridge Golf Course.
The Ridge Golf Course and Driving Range offers golfers of all ages and abilities the full range of golfing services. They are an 18 hole championship course. The 18 holes consist of four par 3's, ten par 4's and four par 5's. The couch fairways and bent grass greens are claimed to be the best of any public course in NSW. The Ridge also has a new fleet of 30 motorised golf carts which makes the course easier to get around. For more information, click here.
• Sutherland Leisure Centre.
Sutherland Leisure Centre is listed as a 5 Star Water Safety Partner by Royal Life Saving Society. A safety audit is carried out every year to determine which facilities demonstrate a strong commitment to aquatic safety standards. They have a 50-metre heated outdoor pool, heated outdoor utility pool, heated indoor children's play area/pool, wide range of learn to swim classes, squad programs, fitness classes and a creche, plus much more. For more information, click here.
The Sutherland Entertainment Centre is Sutherland Shire's premier entertainment and meeting facility located in the heart of the Shire. The Sutherland Entertainment Centre is a unique multi-purpose venue ideal for hosting a wide variety of events such as conferences, presentations, dinners, product launches, community and professional theatre and concerts. For more information, click here.
There are a number of shows that are on at the Entertainment Centre. You should check out the program.
You can do just about anything here at Club on the East. There are pool tables, entertainment, bingo, trivia nights, fine dining plus much more. It's like a home away from home. For more information, click here.
Sharks Basketball. Photo courtesy of the Sutherland District Basketball Association.
Depending on what you like to do with your spare time, there are a number of places that are worth exploring near Sutherland and they are all only a short drive away. For more information, click on each activity listed below to find out more.
Pay a visit to the Sydney Tram Museum. It's steeped in history.