Travel Guide: The Shire & Northern Illawarra
Just south of Sydney, you'll find a (slightly) less busy & equally (if not more) beautiful part of the coastline that is the perfect location for a memorable day trip or long weekend. About 45 minutes to 1 hour out of the city (traffic dependent) you'll find The Sutherland Shire; also known as The Shire. Head a little further south and you'll find the Northern Illawarra region ~ a haven for surf, and a relaxed lifestyle worth diving into. As advocates for maintaining your daily rituals even while on holiday ~ we explore the area & discover our favourites spots for coffee, walking, and a daily swim.
See sunrise & have a swim or surf at Shelly Beach (Cronulla), followed by a breakfast bowl at Blackwood.
Husk Organics in Stanwell Park for an Allpress almond latte
Finbox in Thirroul for house batch brew
The new Bald Hill stairs starting in Stanwell Park are a quick and sweaty walk with beautiful views over Stanwell Park beach. We love this walk before a coffee at Husk Organics.
The Cronulla beach walk is beautiful anytime of day, weaving along 4km of coastline ~ dolphin spot as you go.
Rosie's Fish & Chips in Coledale for a nostalgic summer lunch, enjoy seaside after a swim.
We Are Mindful in Cronulla for fashion, homewares, and gifts.
One of our favourite ever book shops is in Thirroul village, Collins Booksellers Thirroul is a must visit. Grab a book for the days you'll inevitably spend relaxing seaside.
The ocean pool at Coalcliff is a must visit, or venture to the ever-popular Austinmer beach & see why it's the perfect spot for a swim.
Dinner & Drinks:
Explore one of the many beautiful seaside stay options via AirBnB.
Swimmers, tinted SPF, a silk sarong to take you from beach to bar, a good aftersun face lotion, hat, runners & activewear, sweater (nights can get a little cooler down south), and the Marine Coconut (Hydration) to keep you balanced and hydrated between sun and sip.