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Sleepover in the Sutherland Shire

By Rebecca Mason
28 February, 2018

With so much to do in Sutherland Shire, packing it all in one short day simply isn’t enough. Turn your jaunt into the ultimate sleepover snoozing by the sea, camping in the wilderness or floating on the Port Hacking River. Already call the Shire your home? Pack your bags and explore your own stomping ground by planning a staycation without having to worry about an airfare. You can be rest assured no matter where you lay your weary head, there is somewhere dreamy to stay in the Shire.

Beachside Living

Beach Haven Bed and Breakfast
If award winning luxury escapes is what you’re looking for, this is the hideout for you. Nestled on one of Sydney’s most prestigious waterfronts, Beach Haven Bed and Breakfast stands in a prime location, just a stone’s throw away from the white sand of Bundeena beach. Did we mention the hot tub overlooking the ocean?

Rydges Cronulla Beachside

Sleeping by the sand doesn’t get more boutique than this. Enjoy sun drenched fresh rooms overlooking breath-taking ocean views on your private balcony and the onsite restaurant Red Radish serves sensational seafood and seasonal bites.

Quest Apartments
Feel at home at one of 60 fully serviced seaside apartments. The spacious apartments are stocked with all the amenities you could desire and are just a short stroll to the ocean. Choose from one or two bed apartments and enjoy the comforts of home by the Cronulla coast.

Nature Lovers

Sleep in the heart of the Royal National Park, surrounded by bushland and wildlife. There is never a dull moment when in the midst of nature with infamous hikes, kayaking and cycling at your doorstep. Too tired after sightseeing to cook? Head to Audley Dance Hall Café (open until 4.30pm daily), for a delicious menu filled with fresh food. There are plenty of options when picking your wilderness escape. Reids Flat Cottage, a renovated heritage building hosts a vast open plan living and outdoor dining area, the perfect getaway for families. Weemalah Cottage, tucked along the Port Hacking river bank is an oasis of tranquility. This wooden cabin can be home to six guests hunting for an idyllic hideaway. For wildlife spotters, the beautifully restored Hilltop Cottage offers heritage accommodation and is the perfect haven, with jaw dropping views overlooking the river and a large deck to relax on.

Sleep in Style

Sleep in architectural paradise at one of two newly built lodges. Both fringe the trickling Bundeena creek, surrounded by native ducks and just a short stroll to the shops and eateries of Bundeena village. After a day exploring, take a soak in the free-standing bath or snuggle up on the outdoor lounger at deluxe Bottlebrush Lodge. For the slightly larger parties, Maple Tree Lodge is the ultimate entertaining pad. Throw some shrimps on the BBQ on the expansive outdoor patio and keep cosy around the fire pit. However you spend your time alongside Bundeena creek, you can join the land of nod in ultimate luxury.

Something Different

Cronulla Holiday Houseboats
If you can’t tear yourself away from the beautiful Port Hacking River why not spend a night on it? Jump on board your very own houseboat and sail along the river meandering through the Royal National Park. Spend the day fishing, BBQ-ing on deck or relaxing on the sun loungers before spending the night anchored at the spot of your choosing.

Sekitei Boutique Accommodation
Transport yourself to traditional Japan at the quaint Sekitei, boasting a private Japanese garden and spacious bedroom, overlooking the Royal National Park. This serene retreat is not just for people. With an encouraging pet policy, you can enjoy the sanctuary of Sekitei with your four legged friends.

Outdoor Escapes

Bonnie Vale Campground
Bonnie Vale Campground is frequently cited as a hotspot for overnighters in the Shire, and for good reason. Zip open your tent to views of the Port Hacking river and stretch out onto the expanse of picnic-perfect greenery. Don’t forget your swimmers, many people visit Bonnie Vale for the large sand spit, making it the perfect swimming zone for water babies.

Mirang Pool Campground
Nestled in Heathcote National Park, as the name suggests, Mirang Pool Campground is a scenic spot to go for a dip. Get a real Australian Bush experience in this small campground where you won’t find any amenities and no vehicle access, just your tent and the breath-taking wilderness of the Heathcote bushland.

Apollo Campers
Why sleep in only one of the amazing places in the Shire when you can rent a campervan and explore them all? Apollo Campers offers a range of homely campervans to transport you from coast to bushland.

Cosmopolitan Living

Metro Hotel Miranda
For the shopaholics that want to be first in line at their favourite store, Metro Hotel Miranda is the place for you. Stay on the doorstep of the bustling Westfield Shopping Centre, filled with an array of boutique stores and restaurants from all corners of the globe. With Miranda train station less than five minutes away, and spectacular views over Botany Bay, sleeping at the gateway of the Sutherland Shire doesn’t get more convenient than this.

Waterside Experiences

Woronora Communities
Perched on the Woronora river, stands a colony of ensuite cabins in the midst of nature. Designed for the adventurer, fishing and kayaking are a must have on the agenda. Enjoy village style living as you explore the beauty of the open river and bushy parkland. Long term stays are encouraged so you can really make the most of your trip to Woronora.

Silver Beach Tourist Park
Silver Beach Tourist Park is a slice of tropical heaven. Set on the edge of the white sands of Botany Bay, you can’t be closer to the water without getting your feet wet. Offering panoramic views of Botany Bay and Sydney, the view alone is reason to visit. Recently renovated coastal cabins come with all the amenities you could want for the perfect escape and with a never-ending activity list, you could easily turn your weekend away into a week-long adventure.

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T: 02 8536 3600

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T: 02 9520 8166

Bundeena Kayaks

2 Seabreeze Lane, Bundeena

T: 0419 254 981

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104 President Avenue, Caringbah

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T: 02 9542 3646