South Cronulla Beach

Gerrale Street , Cronulla NSW 2230

A smaller and more sheltered beach than Cronulla itself with flat rocky areas at each end. There are beach areas by the ocean pools so there is somewhere safe for the children to play even when the surf is big.

The large expanse of Cronulla Park between the road and the beach also makes this a fine family spot.

There is a good but small playground and plenty of space for picnics. The views over Bate Bay are pretty, blighted only by the smokestacks of

  • Cafes: Cafe by the surf club.
  • Toilets: Showers, toilets and change areas in the surf lifesaving club.
  • Shade: None on the beach but plenty in Cronulla Park.
  • Playground: Small playground in Cronulla Park.
  • Ocean pool: Two pools a short stroll north along the esplanade, one has a beach area and is good for children—no shade though.
  • Shark net: No.
  • Mum’s report: Shelly Beach and Baths are better for the kids but the family comes here to have lunch in the cafe as well as play on the beach.
  • Extra: Dunningham Park playground is a 10–15 minute walk away. The Cronulla to Bass and Flinders Point stroller walk (see Sydney for Under Fives). Cronulla Sports Complex on the seafront has an indoor pool.
  • Parking: Four-hour carpark on Gerrale Street by Cronulla Park.
  • Nearest station: Cronulla is a 5–10 minute walk away.
  • Nearest ferry: Cronulla Wharf is a 5–10 minute walk away, ferries to Bundeena.
  • Bus stop nearby: Yes


For more thorough reviews on Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids, check out the guide written by Seana Smith (web link below). Seana blogs at Sydney Kids Food + Travel:

  • Family/Kid-friendly
  • Outdoor
  • Parks/Gardens/Reserves
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Special Needs
Age Appropriateness
Cost Per Child
  • Free
  • $10
  • $20
  • $30
  • $50
  • $100
  • $100+

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