There’s no shortage of fun activities in and around Bundeena and Maianbar. Here’s our take on some of the best things to do...4
Have a beachin' timeWith four beaches on the doorstep – Bonnie Vale, Horderns, Gunyah and Jibbon – Bundeena is a beach-lover’s paradise. Spend a morning or afternoon on some of the fi nest beaches Sydney has to offer. Each of Bundeena’s beaches has its own distinctive character, from cute, rocky little Gunyah to the wide expanses of Jibbon. The broad sandfl ats of Maianbar are also a children’s paradise at low tide. When visiting Bonnie Vale don’t forget to pick up a NPWS permit from the service station.
Buying giftsBundeena Post and Gift is open five days a week (Monday to Friday) and late on Wednesdays. It is also open Saturday mornings until midday during summer. You will find a wide selection of great gifts and cards. Banking and cash withdrawals are also available. Phone 9523 5800.
Cruise on the cutest ferryThe little green-and-yellow ferries that chug back and forth between Bundeena and Cronulla are a familiar sight to visitors and locals alike. Cronulla & National Park Ferry Cruises also operates cruises around Port Hacking each day in the summer months. For three hours you explore the upper reaches of the Hacking River aboard the Tom Thumb III as you follow in the path of Bass and Flinders. A newly-acquired vessel, TSMV Gunnamatta, operates champagne breakfasts, morning tea, lunch and sunset dinner cruises. For further details call 9523 2990.
Catch your dinnerThere are few better ways to spend a lazy afternoon than dangling a hook in the water. Bait and gear are available from Bundeena Service Station and the Maianbar General Store.
For a great day of fishing, Dorso's Deep Sea Fishing Charters caters for both beginners and experienced anglers. During June and July they also do whale watching tours. Phone 0412 133 328.
Getting activeBundeena Kayaks hire kayaks from Bonnie Vale during the warm weather months five days a week (closed
Monday and Tuesday). They also run Paddlefit classes on Fridays at 9.30am and learn-to-kayak sessions on Saturday at 8am. Guided day and night tours are also available. The popular new sport of stand-up paddle boarding is also offered with boards for hire. Lessons also available. Bookings are essential (ph 0419 254 981).
If lawn or barefoot bowls is your thing, visit Bundeena Bowling & Sports Club on Liverpool Street. Relax afterwards with a cool drink in the beer garden. The Bowling Club also has regular live music entertainment. Phone 9523 7292 to check out what is on.
Dance the night away at Bundeena RSL Club. They also have regular live bands playing on weekends. Phone 9523 2115 to find out what’s on.
One of the area's most beautiful short walks is along the track that winds up from Bundeena to Maianbar. The track starts next to Bonnie Vale campground and climbs up through the forest before coming out in Maianbar where you can enjoy a cool drink and a delicious snack or lunch at the Maianbar General Store (ph 9523 0639).
Have a picnicBonnie Vale picnic ground is one of the most picturesque spots in Sydney and it is also ideal for children. There are plenty of picnic tables, shady spots and free barbeques. All the supplies you need are available locally. The service station on Bundeena Drive or the Maianbar General Store can supply everything for a barbeque lunch.
If you are driving, pick up a NPWS permit from the service station to avoid a parking fine!
Follow your artBundeena-Maianbar is famous as an artists’ haven. On the first Sunday of each month join the local art trail where artists open their studios to the public. Visit www.arttrail.com.au for details. Artist Peter Mulder's Art Gecko is part of the Art Trail and is also open by appointment. His work includes vibrant paintings of local and Royal National Park land and seascapes as well as of WA's Kimberley region. Call 9527 3719.
Ellie Smith’s Neil Street Gallery is a freelance boutique gallery. It holds regular exhibitions by local and other artists (ph 9527 9795).
Also visit Something at Mary’s Pottery Studio & Workshops open every weekend (ph 9523 3758) selling beautiful pottery by local artists. At Gymea, the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre (ph 8536 5700) has fantastic exhibitions a delicious cafe and regular entertainment. Admission is free. Open every day from 10am.
It is well worth a trip to Stanwell Park, 35 minutes south of Bundeena, just to wander through the extensive selection of artworks at john Vander's Articles Fine Art Gallery at 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Here you will see a wide selection of John's popular work, much of it reflecting local themes and scenes, plus that of other Australian luminaries including David Boyd and David Brayshaw.
Markets & FestivalsBundeena Markets showcases the works of local artisans. It is held on the first Sunday of the month at Bundeena Reserve from 9am until 3pm. There is something for everyone: handmade ceramics, antiques, plants, jewellery, folk art, clothes, books and much more. For more information visit www.bundeenainfo.com/markets
Bundeena also hosts the Art of Living Festival now in its 18th year at the grounds behind the community centre on Bundeena Drive. The festival highlights the cultural diversity of the local community and the Sutherland Shire. The 2013 festival will be held on the weekend of 8-10 March. On the Friday night the opening of the art exhibition is held in the community hall and continues over the entire weekend. On the Saturday, the Village Fair brings Bundeena “back to basics” and exhibits and awards prizes for the best vegetables, best homebaked cakes and the grandest eggs. The Sunday is the big day for live music and entertainment, market stalls, workshops and plenty of activities for the kids. For more information visit www.artofliving.com.au.
In November, Maianbar will host its own Art & Craft Festival. For more information phone 9544 2052.