Dramatic cliff tops that you can explore on foot, great surfing beaches, lush countryside and historic landmarks make this a fascinating part of Sydney.
Beachside suburbs include Cronulla, Maroubra and Malabar; Bundeena is just a short ferry ride away, on the edge of Royal National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of this area on walking trails that follow the rugged coastline of Botany Bay National Park. Along the way, you’ll see native flora and fauna on rock platforms, in sand dunes and freshwater streams; you might even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales from Cape Solander.
The southern beaches were the scene of first contact between European and Aboriginal people when Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770. Cook’s original landing place is in Botany Bay National Park; nearby La Perouse is where French explorer, Comte de la Perouse, arrived in 1788.