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Ferry departing from Bundeena to Cronulla.
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.
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 accommodation, Royal National Park accommodation and Sydney accommodation.

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Bundeena / Maianbar Attractions

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.

Visit the Bundeena-Maianbar 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.
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.

Stage 1: Bundeena Loop starts from Bundeena Ferry Wharf to Eric Street, Jibbon Beach, Beachcomber, Reef Street, Rymill Place, past the school and back to the Ferry Wharf.

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 guide.

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 (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)



Source: Bundeena-Maianbar Heritage Walk

Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia)
Mat Rush
(Lomandra longifolia)

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