It is this time of year when we are extremely time-poor trying to tick off our Christmas shopping list, as well as quite likely feeling depleted.
One destination that strikes a great balance with a top surf beach, super shopping and a great selection of delicious food is Cronulla. Travelling from the Central West is a relatively smooth drive on the M7 and M5 freeway. In approximately three and half hours you can be swimming at one of the best beaches in Sydney.
After spending only 4 nights away from our home in Orange since Dec/Jan, this was a perfect solution to treat ourselves to a pre-Christmas family gift and mini-break, killing two birds with one stone.
We chose to stay at Rydges Cronulla Beachside after being referred by a friend. Our family stayed in a one bedroom ocean view suite which was spacious accomodating up to 5 people. There are two balcony areas with views either side to the beach and Gunnamatta Bay. The hotel is older style, therefore you do need to watch children on the balcony as there is a reasonably big drop when you are 10 floors high. There is also a convenient hot spa and pool just above the foyer which is great if the weather turns. If you are ordering room service, there are some local restaurant options on the menu like Thai, pizza etc.
We all had fun and felt so relaxed. It is well worth considering if you are heading to Sydney and wanting to avoid the inner city chaos and traffic.
The convenience factor of being walking everywhere is wonderful.
The beach is across the road. There is a park and play equipment also to keep kids entertained.
There are numerous family friendly places to eat. Our favourites were;
Breakfast & Lunch
Next Door for really good coffee, egg and bacon rolls to take away to the beach.
Pilgrims Cafe for a relaxed eat in breakfast or lunch.
Sushi Train in Cronulla Mall is handy too when trying to get some Christmas Shopping done.
South Beach Seafood for reasonably priced quality fish and chips take away on the beach/park or sit in.
C.C. Babcoq for a please all semi-casual dinner
Queen Margherita for Pizza – really delicious Neapolitan style bases.
Salts Meats Cheese in Cronulla is an amazing treat dinner with the kids! It also has good vegan options on menu.