Ferry departing from Bundeena to Cronulla.
On the southern side of Port Hacking,
nestled in the Royal National Park with Port Hacking on one side, are the small
villages of Bundeena and Maianbar. Once quiet villages, they are become very
popular over the weekends and holiday periods, with not only locals but visitors
from all over Sydney and overseas.
By road, Bundeena is only approximately 25
km from Sutherland (one of Sydney’s southern suburbs). Another pleasurable way
to get here is by the 20 minute ferry trip from Cronulla.
Surrounded by the Royal National Park, the village of Bundeena is a great
starting point for many of the walks within the area, including those through
the Royal National Park, to Garie, Marley, Otford and Wattomolla.
Hordern’s Beach at Bundeena.
There are a number of great beaches and picnic areas with Hordern’s and
Gunyah Beaches within the village and Bonnie Vale and Jibbon Beach within the
Royal National Park.
The village of Maianbar is separated from Bundeena by Cabbage Tree Creek and
the Basin a large bay off the Port Hacking River. It can be reached by a walking
trail though Bonnie Vale or by road. Maianbar itself is smaller than Bundeena,
with some houses reachable only by rough bush tracks.
There is only limited overnight accommodation in both Bundeena and Maianbar.
There is camping at Bonnie Vale and cabins and camping at the Bundeena Caravan
Park in Scarborough Street.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information. Check out our listed
places to stay in Bundeena-Maianbar
Royal National Park
Dharawal Aboriginal People
• The Dharawal people have lived in the
area for thousands of years with the traces of their existence still evident
today, such as middens, piles of shells from seafood feasts. Grinding grooves
are another indication of the Dharawal people and remains of bush ovens, where
animals were cooked. L
Dharawal Aboriginal People Maianbar and Bundeena are
still rich in traces of their original inhabitants: the Dharawal people. Easiest
to recognise are middens - piles of shells from seafood feasts. Grinding grooves
are another sign of the Dharawal. There are also the remains of bush ovens,
where animals were cooked. There is a diverse range of rock including rock
carvings and drawings of echidna, wallabies, whales, mythical creatures and
mysterious circles and squares.
Heritage Walk site or take an Aboriginal guided tour of the area, this can
be arranged by contacting the National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Royal
National Park Visitors Centre, Ph: 02 9542 6648.
Looking across Port Hacking from Bundeena Ferry Wharf to Glaisher Point.
Bundeena-Maianbar Heritage Walk
• The whole of the Heritage Walk is about 17 km. Scheduled to be
developed over three stages, it runs in a loop through Bundeena, traverses
Bonnie Vale and then loops around Maianbar.
Bundeena Loop starts from Bundeena Ferry Wharf to Eric Street, Jibbon
Beach, Beachcomber, Reef Street, Rymill Place, past the school and back to the
Stage 2: Bonnie Vale Link down Scarborough Street past the caravan
park, Liverpool Street, past Yarmouth swamp, across the soccer fields to Bonnie
Vale and the bridge over Cabbage Tree Creek
Stage 3: Maianbar Loop follows Pacific Crescent through to Park
Street, then Newcombe Street, through the National Park to the Reserve and down
to Fisherman’s Bay and back to Pacific Crescent.
Each stage of the walk is accompanied by a brochure, with stage 1, the
Bundeena Loop being completed. The walking route is marked by marker poles with
the Heritage Walk logo. The number shown on the marker poles relate to
information provided in the brochure. At a few places on the walk, are pedestals
with more detailed information about what you are looking at or might see.
Check out their website for a downloadable Heritage Walk - Bundeena Loop
Most of the work developing this walk through the three stages, will come
from volunteers. To get involved call the co-ordinator on Ph: 02 9527 7338.
• some of the flora to be discovered on
the walk include: Bangalay (Eucalyptus botryoides), Blue Flax Lily (Dianella
caerulea), Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Cabbage-tree Palm (Livistona
australis), Coastal Banksia (Banksia integrifolia), Common Mat Rush (Lomandra
longifolia), Native Cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis), Pearl Vine (Sarcopetalum
harveyanum), Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa), Silkpod (Parsonia straminea),
Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata), Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca), Tuckeroo