Bundeena is a village located in the south of Sydney that we often visit for a coffee, bush walk and a swim at one of the secluded beaches during the summer months. Bundeena is an Aboriginal word meaning “noise like thunder” (presumed to be a reference to the sound of the waves crashing on Horderns Beach). This village offers a lot of activities on both land and water. For those who just want a relaxing day, there are parks where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic surrounded by spectacular vistas.
How to get there:
You can reach Bundeena by two options, by car through the Princes Highway towards the south, just follow the overhead signs at Loftus where you need to bare left into the Royal National Park. The national park or ‘The Royal’, as the locals call it, covers over 15,000 hectares and hugs Australia’s eastern coastline. Bundeena bound visitors do not need to pay the $12 per vehicle park fee as you are driving through, however you still need to stop and advise the ranger if in attendance, park hours are generally from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you intend to visit other spots of the national park then you will need to pay the entrance fee.
The other option is by ferry. You can catch a train to Cronulla or drive and park your car near Gunnamatta Bay and catch the ferry which has several services for the 20 – 30 minute ride to Bundeena Wharf. We’ve tried both methods and I guess both give you the best of their respective worlds. Driving along the winding roads of the national park surrounded by dense eucalyptus trees is heart pumping, the trip across the water with its views by the classic ferry is just mesmerising and relaxing. It’s your choice!
Around the village, there are coffee shops, the newly rebuilt and expansive RSL Club and grocery stores for supplies in case you forgot to pack a picnic basket. For activities, camping, swimming and kayaking are available, just about covers everyones interests. Bundeena is the perfect destination for setting out on foot! Most of the nearby tracks can be easily explored in one day but do not underestimate the longer trails and always be prepared.
Every first Sunday of each month is the famous Art Trail. Participating artists in Bundeena and Maianbar open their studios and give visitors a unique insight to view and discuss their art works. It’s free and there is an opportunity to secure some of their art too.
For those who want a thrill and some serious walking, the Coast Track is a must do. We’ve done this walk lots of times and we seem to discover a new spot to enjoy the scenery. The walk starts from Beachcomber Avenue where there is a car park and toilet block.
The walking paths are well laid out along with the look outs. What to see, The Balconies, The Water Run, The Wedding Cake Rock, The Waterrun, Marley Head and Marley Beach. This walk can be completed in 3-4 hours with a distance of around 9 kms. Bring plenty of water/snacks and wear appropriate clothing to fit the climate of the day.
CAUTION: always exercise some caution, don’t walk on the edges of precipices, or in any places to close to the edge, a landslip could easily happen.