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Cronulla Beach near Miranda - courtesy Tourism New South Wales

Located only 20 km south of central Sydney and part of the Sutherland Shire, Miranda was once known as having the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere in the late 1980s. Residence of Miranda enjoy the benefits of being close to Port Hacking, Georges River and Botany Bay offering boating and fishing.

For those who prefer sun, sand and surf, there is Cronulla, and its neighbouring surf strips such as Eloura and Wanda beaches. Wollongong beaches are also accessible by rail and road. As well it borders Sylvania, Sylvania Waters, Caringbah, Gymea, Gymea Bay, and Yowie Bay. For the nature enthusiast, their is the Royal National Park, Australia’s oldest national park, offering picnic, bushwalks and cycle access.

Miranda was originally named after a character in William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ by James Murphy, who was manager of the Holt Sutherland Estate, which he founded in 1881. He liked the name because “I thought it a soft, euphonious, musical and appropriate name for a beautiful place”.

It was during the 1800s, that a sheep station was established with the homestead located where Westfield Miranda (formerly Miranda Fair) now stands. However, raising sheep was not very successful and workers turned to felling the iron bark and blackbutt forests. Smaller farms became established and the original homestead became the local village.

The railway was opened In 1939 and Miranda became a major retail centre for the shire.

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.

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