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Top 5 Shire Stays

By Shire Scout
30 April, 2021

Pack your bags and check in to one of these luxurious Shire escapes. With spectacular ocean strolls, incredible beaches, five-star restaurants, trendy bars, and great shopping, the Sutherland Shire has endless places to explore. From seacliff houses to central hotels, we’ve rounded up our favourite stays to help you kick start your next Shire adventure. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning!

Here’s our top 5 Shire stays.

Rydges Cronulla Beachside
Rydges Cronulla Beachside is home to cool, coastal interiors and a show-stopping view over North Cronulla Beach. Choose from a standard room or suite, then take a seat on your private balcony with a drink in hand. Rydges has modern amenities, thoughtful details and an outdoor pool, but it's the central location that’s a true stand out. Take an afternoon dip before venturing to one of the many surrounding restaurants or bars. We suggest the newly opened Papa Js, it’s literally only steps away! Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of the hotel grounds? No stress. Rydges also has an on-site eatery slash bar, The Alley, that serves great cocktails and small bites.

Simpson Cottage, Bundeena
Bundeena certainly has some extraordinary homes and this three-bedroom, heritage-listed cottage is no exception. Both enchanting and historical, Simpson Cottage was built in the 1860s and beautifully restored and styled as though it’s been pulled from a designer magazine.

Set on an expansive property with private gardens and beautiful water views, this home is perfect for couples, families or friends. Cosy, yet grand, many of the home's original features including the wrought iron, fireplace, French doors and exposed sandstone walls have been retained. Did we mention there’s also a private track to the beach?

For us, a highlight here is the property’s picnic table, with mesmerising ever-changing views of the water. Just imagine savoring a cheese platter and wine here. Simpsons Cottage offers a step back in time with today’s modern conveniences. Whether you choose to explore the area or never leave, you’re guaranteed a beautiful stay.

Quest Cronulla Beach Apartments
Just a stone’s throw from North Cronulla Beach, Quest apartments has a relaxed, laid-back vibe, closely resembling it’s beachside location. Here, it’s all about the amenities. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and balcony with glorious water views. Outside the comfort of your room, you’ll find an outdoor pool, sauna, spa and gym.

During the day, relax between the beach and pool before spending the night at one of the surrounding 5-star restaurants. Locals tip: stroll down to Next Door as the sun goes down for a cocktail and a few share plates. Our cocktail of choice? The Marjorie. With complimentary undercover guest parking, it can't get much easier than this!

The Bundeena Boatshed

If a few days with sand between your toes sounds like your slice of heaven then check out Bundeena Boatshed. This unique beachfront property is located on Gunyah Beach in Bundeena, with only steps (literally) between the Boatshed and the sparkling Port Hacking waterways. With postcard views from every angle, this one bedroom home is ideal for anyone wanting to ‘get away from it all’.

The Boatshed itself is compact, cosy and fully self-contained, with an idyllic terrace. There’s also an outdoor shower where you can rinse off after an ocean dip. Come nighttime, whip out your BBQ skills and enjoy an alfresco dinner as the moon glistens over the water. If you’re in luck, you may even see the dolphins that often swim by.

Hilltop Cottage
Nestled high among lush greenery and native trees, Hilltop Cottage is a serene oasis with water views as far as the eye can see. An explorer's dream, this three bedroom cottage offers the perfect starting point for exploring the national park. Begin your day with a peaceful morning coffee on the oversized deck, before a jam-packed day of walking tracks, beaches, and wildlife.  Hilltop Cottage offers everything you could need for a relaxing stay with your loved ones. Here you’ll feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

Whether you’re travelling from afar or just need to switch off, these Shire-based stays have you covered.

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Metro Hotel Miranda

522 Kingsway (Corner of Jackson Avenue), Miranda

T: 1800 004 321


Gerrale Street, Cronulla


Old Princes Highway, Engadine

Cronulla Beach

20-38 Gerrale Street, Cronulla

T: 02 9710 0333

Rydges Cronulla Beachside

20 - 26 The Kingsway, Cronulla

T: 02 9527 3100

Quest Cronulla Beach

1 Kingsway, Cronulla

T: 02 8536 3600

Engadine Motor Inn

1229-1233 Princes Highway, Engadine

T: 02 9520 8166

Bundeena Kayaks

2 Seabreeze Lane, Bundeena

T: 0419 254 981

EG Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens

104 President Avenue, Caringbah

T: 02 9710 0333

Sydney Tramway Museum

Cnr Rawson Avenue & Pitt Street, Loftus

T: 02 9542 3646