Cronulla in Sydney
Cronulla is a beachside suburb in the Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney.
Cronulla is the only Sydney beach located on a train line and has a large amount of free parking along the foreshore. This makes it one of the most accessible of Sydney beaches.
There is a direct CityRail  train service from Sydney City to Cronulla. The train leaves at least every 30 minutes and the trip takes around 55 minutes. If coming from Sydney Airport take the train from the airport to Wolli Creek and change to a Cronulla bound train.
It is a 45 minute drive by car from Sydney City centre, or 30 minutes from Sydney Airport. Continue to drive south past the airport along Botany Bay and continue to follow the signposted route to Cronulla. There is no charge for parking at the Cronulla beaches or anywhere in Cronulla. Parking time limits do apply in places so check before you leave you car because parking inspectors are quite prominent in the area.
The cycle route from Homebush Bay to Kurnell passes near to Cronulla. It is a pleasant and largely off-road cycle from Botany Bay to the northern Cronulla beaches. From the cycleway along Captain Cook Drive, follow Elouera Road into Cronulla. There are some cycle facilities on this road. If you want a quieter route, or if you are in a hurry to get to the beach, turn first left off Elouera Rd, and follow the beach into Cronulla, or stop for a dip at Wanda.
Once you are in Cronulla, the shops, North and South Cronulla Beaches, and Gunnamatta Bay are within walking distance of the accommodation spots and the train station. The north end of Cronulla mall aligns with North Cronulla Beach, the centre (Surf Road) aligns with South Cronulla Beach. The far southern end of the mall, past the station, is Gunnamatta Bay.
Walking 1km along the beach esplanade northwards will get you to Eloura Beach and a further 1km will get you to Wanda Beach. Walking southwards along the ocean will get you to Shelly Beach and then Bass and Flinders Point.
You can drive and park within Cronulla, but parking can get difficult during summer, especially if there is a surf carnival on, or on a sunny summer weekend, and especially at South Cronulla beach.
There are buses from Cronulla and Caringbah stations that service surrounding areas [http:/www.connexnsw.com.au]. They will get you closer to the Eleura or Wanda beach than the train does. The catch is that they run infrequently, every hour or so on weekdays, and every couple of hours on weekends. They also wander around the area rather than travelling directly, taking around half an hour for the trip.
Taxis are available at the station.
- Cronulla Beach (directions: Short walk from the train station)
There is no one Cronulla Beach, but rather South Cronulla and North Cronulla Beaches separated by a headland and connected by a waterfront walk. Both beaches have grassy park areas behind them suitable for picnics etc. South Cronulla is more protected, and tends not to have the stronger currents and waves of the more northern beaches.
- Eloura Beach and Wanda Beach (directions: North and East of Cronulla beach)
North Cronulla, Eloura and Wanda are all part of the same long stretch of sand. These beaches are further to walk, but often offer easier parking and less crowds. They also may be less sheltered than South Cronulla. The length of sand here is greater than any of the other Southern Sydney beaches.
- Bass and Flinder Memorial (directions: South along the beachfront esplanade from South Cronulla Beach)
Bass and Flinders discovered the Port Hacking waterway around Cronulla. A memorial to them and and explanation of their journey is on the headland near the entrance to Port Hacking. Nice views across the river and ocean from here.
- Gunnamatta Bay (directions: On the southern side of Cronulla, the opposite side of the station to the ocean)
Gunnamatta Bay is on the bay side of Cronulla. It has a large netted cnclosure for swimming, and no waves. Its has a large deep water section, that you can swim laps etc. Although diving is a bad idea, the water is plenty deep enough to jump off the wharf, and there will be plenty of kids doing just that on a summer weekend. A coffee shop, beach, and park..
- Darook Park (directions: On the southern side of Cronulla, the opposite side of the station to the ocean)
Darook Park are is also on the bay side of Cronulla,
Is available at all the Cronulla ocean beaches. Surfboard hire is available at Wanda Beach
You can choose to swim in the surf, or the rock pools at the ocean beaches, or in the calm waters of the bay.
Along the esplanade. Head south from North or South Cronulla beaches, you can walk from an hour or so along this paved waterfront path.
Just lying on the beach doing nothing
- Snorkeling (address: Cronulla, NSW) (directions: Shelly Park)
There are some beautiful reefs in the Cronulla with most in the South. If you follow the coast line of Cronulla you'll come across 2 parks the first one is called Shelly Beach and the next Oak Park. These are awesome places to go and see the reefs of Cronulla and if your even more adventurous you could go across to Bundeena, which has a vast area of reef which most of the time you'll have to yourself. :)
- Scuba Diving
- Pro Drive Cronulla (directions: On Cronulla St, just towards the mall from the station)
Offers dives and introductory courses around Cronulla
- Pro Drive Cronulla (directions: On Cronulla St, just towards the mall from the station)
- Movies and Books
If reading is your thing there is a modern and comfortable library on the mall, with lots of space for lounging around with a book. . There are also a movie cinemas accessible from the northern end of Cronulla Mall (located on the Kingsway next to McDonalds), showing all the latest flicks. You will always get a seat.
Cronulla Mall Runs between Cronulla Station and the Kingsway. It is an outdoor pedestrian precinct bordered by shops and cafes. It has a beachware stores, other fashion stores, as well as supermarkets, bakeries, and take away food.
Miranda Fair is the major shopping hub of the Sutherland Shire, around 5km from Cronulla.
Cronulla Mall is filled with take-away places, alfresco cafes, and restaurants with just about every kind of food. Good for lunch, coffee or a cheap meal, or an evening meal. North Cronulla Beach has a selection of restaurants just in front of the beach, good for dinner, or breakfast by the waves. South Cronulla Beach has a selection of cafes, fish and chips and ice-cream, great to eat in the park or on the rock wall with your feet in the sand. All the beaches have kiosks open when the beach is busy if you don't want to move your towel.
Coffee & Quick Snack
- Nulla Nulla (directions: The station end of Cronulla mall) (02) 9544 3239
An eat-in coffee shop. It is a great place to go for a good coffee and food. Expect to pay restaurant prices.
- Grind (directions: Surf Road, up from South Cronulla, off the mall)
Good coffee, but also among the most expensive take away eapresso in town. They usually have a extra special grind available, for an extra price.
- Gloria Jeans Cronulla (directions: Right on North Cronulla Beach)
Seafood restaurant. Book ahead, as it tends to be popular
- The Nuns' Pool (address: 103 Ewos Parade, Cronulla) (directions: across the road from Shelly Beach)
price: $25-$40 for mains. Breakfast, Lunch, and functions
Modern styling, and popular for weekend breakfast. Certainly one of the more expensive breakfasts in Cronulla though. Great views of the water. Try the Affagato on a summer's day for the perfect ice cream and coffee mix.
- Summer Salt (address: Mitchell Road, Cronulla, in Eloura Surf Life Saving Club)
Cronulla's most expensive and elegant restaurant. Full degustation menu available, but still does kids meals!
- Northies Bar and Restaurant,One of the most famous drinking holes in Sydney. People as far as Queensland have heard of Northies. Northies is famous for its great atmostphere and great location. Cronulla loves to drink and you will see locals (and ring-ins) out on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays (day and night) at Cronulla's favorite drinking spot. Very popular and crowded spot located directly across from North Cronulla Beach. On other weeknights, it is actually a nice spot for dinner and a casual drink not too far for the beach. The restaurant is reasonable, and has kids meals. Sit inside to escape the cigarette smoke.
- Cronulla RSL (located at South Cronulla beach) an RSL with a great sports bar and cocktail room, it also host a pokie room. It has a nice view of the beach.
- Fusions Nightclub Although no where as good as a night club in the city, fusions can be quiet handy. It is across from Gloria Jeans on Cronulla Mall and costs $10 for entry after 9PM.
- Cronulla Leagues Club,  if you are looking for more of a club atmosphere, or just a place you can gamble away all your money and drink at a reasonable price then this is it. Hosting a huge pokie room and television area if your keen on watching the Rugby League. It is the club of the local Cronulla Sharks football team. This venue is in Woolooware, around 3km from Cronulla, and around 1km walk from Woolooware station.
- Rydges Cronulla Sydney,  Located on the Kingsway opposite Cronulla Beach just down from the mall - If you look up you will see Rydges written on the side of the building. Certainly not a luxury hotel, but has the basics. Try to get an ocean view room if you can. Often Internet only specials on their web page.
- Quest Apartments and Hotel, Located across the road from the beach, these apartments offer a self-catering option for those wishing to experience a home away from home. The standard of accommodation offered is high and the service is great.
- Cronulla Beach YHA,  Level 1, 40-42 Kingsway, Cronulla, ph: 02 9527 7772, fax 02 9527 0533. email email@example.com. Dorm beds $22-$27 per night. Double/twin rooms $64-70 per night.
- Cronulla Motor Inn, Located on the Kingsway right as you enter Cronulla on the left hand side, it has a big sign out the front - if you are looking, it is hard to miss.
Cronulla library has Wi-Fi and 10 computer terminals. Wi-Fi is $2 for two hours. Terminals are available at $3.30 per hour, but during peak times they may all be in use.
McDonalds in Cronulla has free Wi-Fi.
A ferry leaves from Cronulla every hour to Bundeena on the edge of National Park. Bundeena has its own bay beaches which are quieter than Cronulla, and a small selection of restaurants, take away places and coffee. Catch the ferry from the ferry wharf on the Gunnamatta Bay side of the railway behind the station. Don't miss the last ferry back. The timetable is on the wharf.