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The Bunkie @ Ethel & Ode'sLocated mere steps from Jibbon Beach in Bundeena, this self contained studio feels a million miles away, yet is located just one hour from the heart of Sydney. The Bunkie at Ethel & Ode's accommodates 2 people in a stylish beachside setting. Comprising a double bed, lounge, bathroom, kitchen with dining and its own balcony, the Bunkie is made for your next escape. Tesla charger available.
Fogo @ Ethel & Ode’sSelf contained studio for two, bath, kitchen, private deck, Tesla charger ... This gorgeous seaside escape is an adults only retreat for singles or couples wanting to escape from the world. Tucked away on the E&O property, Fogo offers absolute waterfront views and privacy. Equipped with kitchen, ensuite and its own private deck - you will never want to leave! Tesla charger is available.
Cockatoo Cottage BundeenaBe one of the first to experience the architect designed and newly-built ‘Cockatoo Cottage’. Unwind in the sun-drenched bay window and admire the landscaped native garden. Stroll down to secluded Gunyah Beach and pristine Jibbons Beach. Indulge in the alfresco dining area and relax in the private barbecue patio. Entertain with cutting-edge kitchen appliances and top of the range technology. Feel at home in your cosy oasis and explore all that the Royal National Park has to offer.
From beaches to bushland, Bundeena ticks just about every box on a nature lover’s wishlist. Despite the fact it’s just 55 kilometres south of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, this former fishing village on the southern shore of the Port Hacking River offers plenty of small-town charm, largely attributable to its bucolic setting surrounded by the beautiful Royal National Park. This protected reserve offers a dramatic union of windswept coastal cliffs, secluded stretches of sand, freshwater swimming holes, and wildlife-rich native forest. There are significant Indigenous sites here as well, from rock carvings to sacred middens. Bundeena is your gateway to this natural bounty and the thrilling outdoor adventures that accompany it. Take to the water, where kayaking opportunities abound, and wander along more than 100 kilometres of hiking trails. Or soar through the air: One of Australia’s top spots for hang gliding and paragliding awaits at Bald Hill Lookout.
From Sydney Airport (SYD), the drive south to Bundeena takes an hour. If you’re planning on venturing further afield into the Royal National Park, you’ll need to purchase a pass, either at the park entrance or the Bundeena Service Station as you enter town. Alternatively, drive or catch the train (from Central Station near Sydney’s central business district) south to the village of Cronulla, and enjoy a scenic 30-minute ferry commute across the Port Hacking River to Bundeena. This will leave you car-free (the town offers no rental options) when you arrive, although many of the region’s attractions are accessible on foot or via a shuttle bus that links popular spots throughout the national park.
There’s no bad time to visit Bundeena, but certain seasons are more or less suited to your interests. Peak season among hikers and animal fanatics is winter, when the sun’s intensity is dialled down, leaving pleasant temperatures for hiking dramatic clifftop trails, and migrating whales put on their annual breaching display off the coast. Spring transforms the bushland with native wildflowers, while summer heralds abundant watersports, whether it’s surfing at Garie Beach, swimming in the ocean at Bonnie Vale, or taking a freshwater dip in Karloo Pool.
On the first Sunday of every month, local creatives join forces to show off their talents along the Bundeena Maianbar Art Trail. This “open day” tour sees local artists welcome visitors into their private studios and galleries, and is a good time to meet the makers and pick up an inspired painting or artwork as a souvenir. Maps indicating participating outlets are available online or in local cafes.
Dozens of hiking trails cover the Royal National Park, but none is quite as epic as the 26-kilometre Coast Track. The full route takes most people two days to complete, but you can get a taste of the offerings on smaller sections, like the track from Bundeena to Little Marley Beach. Expect glorious coastal lookouts, sandstone cliffs, and fragrant native forest.
From the Bundeena ferry wharf it’s a two-hour walk along the Jibbon Loop Track to some of the region’s most important Indigenous sites. Squeak across the sand at Jibbon Beach (bring your swimwear to cool off) until you reach immense rocks engraved with art by the local Dharawal people tens of thousands of years ago.