Things for families to do in Cronulla


Cronulla is a fantastic place for families to live and visit, with an enviable cafe and beach lifestyle, wide sandy beaches and world class surfing on your doorstep it’s not hard to find something that suits you and your family.


For sporting families there is a wide selection of activities ranging from golf, swimming pools, gyms, soccer and rugby clubs and of course for those who prefer to watch than participate the famous Cronulla Sharks rugby league team.
Cronulla’s Event cinema shows all the latest films and can provide a welcome respite from either the Summer sun or cooler Winter months.  If you prefer performing arts then look no further than the recently refurbished Arts Theatre Cronulla – in addition to seeing a show they also offer drama classes for the 12 – 18 years age group.


Enjoy a walk along Cronulla’s famous Esplanade Walk – it won’t cost you a cent !

Family walks are easy along The Esplanade, Cronulla’s popular walkway which runs along the coast line offering plenty of breath-taking views and opportunities to see dolphins and other wildlife. You can make the walk as long or short as wish with plenty of parking spots along the way. There are also family friendly parks as you take your walk which have play areas, bubblers and also toilets – always handy with the little ones!

Children’s Play Areas

Cronulla Mall (North End)

At the North end of Cronulla Mall is a small enclosed area with play equipment for the little ones and rubberised flooring.  There are plenty of cafes and food outlets nearby. It’s also close to the toilets!

Don Lucas Reserve  (Wanda Beach)

A fantastic open space with plenty of equipment for children of all ages.  Running/cycle track, space to fly a kite, kick a ball around and things to climb on and a basket ball hook.  Water station near by.  Also fitness equipment for everyone to use. Food and drink are available close by at the cafe under Wanda Surf Life club.  Showers and toilets are also close by and there is a First Aid station at the nearby surf life club.  There is plenty of parking nearby – though it can get busy at times.

Gunnamatta Park

Close to the shores of Gunnamatta Bay is an enclosed children’s play area with a good variety of play equipment and wood chip flooring.  Shade is provided by trees and there are shaded BBQ / picnic facilities close by. There is free street parking nearby and its a short walk to Cronulla train station. There are toilets nearby.

Dunningham Park



Boarding Dunningham Park, close to North Cronulla beach the enclosed play area offers a mix of slides and climbing frames.  There is shaded space in the park for a picnic or there are plenty of cafes and food outlets nearby.  Free street parking is available but it can be a busy area. It’s only a short walk to Cronulla mall for shopping and entertainment options like Cronulla cinema. There are toilets and showers nearby and First Aid at the nearby North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club.

South Cronulla Beach

You’ll find some play equipment for the littlies in the grassed area as you walk down to South Cronulla beach.  It’s not fenced in but does have a rubberised floor.  There is  plenty of shade under the trees and benchs for a picnic and also lots of cafes meters away for great fish and chips or ice cream. Free street parking is available. It’s only a short walk to Cronulla mall for more eating and shopping options. There are toilets and showers under the nearby South Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club.

Shelly Park and Oak Park

Shelly Park offers a smaller enclosed play area amongst the trees and is a great place for a family picnic or celebration with benches and BBQs.  There is a small shop across the road but it’s best to bring your own supplies.  Free street parking is available. There are toilets on the Esplanade footpath.

A little further along the Esplanade is Oak Park.  A quieter open space for a game of footie or chase.  There’s a swing set but not really much more.  Again free street parking is available and there are toilets and showers close by.  The sandy beach and sea rock pool make it a great place to cool down but there aren’t any life saving services to watch those in or close to the water at all times.