Captain Cook Bridge to Cronulla
Once you leave Captain Cooks bridge, you have a nice little trail along the coast of Botany Bay for about 1km. Then you meet a junction, turn left for a brand new fully connected coastal trail that runs most of the way to Cronulla. The initial part of this trail is very scenic with new bridges across and around the mangroves. Its called the Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway. You then have about 200m on share path past a few warehouses.
After this, you will enjoy lovely mangrove cycling on shared path and wooden bridges till you turn to arrive at Captains Cook Drive. Cross to the other side of the road where the track continues on a double lane concrete trail. Follow that through to the end of Cronulla Golf Course. There is a busy intersection that you need to cross with care. When Captain Cook drive turns North East, you head up Bate Bay Drive which turns into a steep hill past a new housing estate. At the top you will be at Wanda Reserve and Cronulla is south about 3 km on the very wide concrete path.
At Wanda Reserve is a kids play ground and a good kids bike track that runs for 500m or so.
When you arrive in Cronulla, you are not allowed to continue along the coast according to the signage. You have to go up the roads. So your journey ends here and its a good place to stop.
Notes: Cronulla Station is very close so if you have travelled from the Inner West or Strathfield, relax and catch the train home. Another thing to consider is the wind. Train to Cronulla and ride back with a southerly sounds like a plan.
The photos start at Taren Pt and follow through to Cronulla
As Sydney was in yet another heatwave, I struggled to find any places that I wanted to explore. Then I remembered Kurnell because it has a great bay pool that is protected by a large shark net. Its one of the few places you can park almost on the beach. So we headed down to Cronulla, unloaded the bikes and went for ride.
We headed east along Prince Charles Parade and into the park and Captain Cooks landing place. We stopped at "the meeting place" and then went on the road to Cape Solander Lookout. There are a few cars on the road but there are also a few bikes so given that it is a National Park, riding on the road is fine for a rubbish rider like me. There are a few good spots to stop and take picture of a distant city, a nearby La Perouse and some good cliffs. We then returned to Kurnell and rode around the town, had a great lunch in the Village Store and then went swimming in our bike gear. I always have plenty of plastic in the car for driving wet and that was how we returned back to the Eastern Suburbs. All up its 12 km of riding and if you have never been to Kurnell, you should try it.
Note: Large numbers of bike riders head up up Captain Cook Drive with its large and well marked bike verge from Cronulla and finish at Cape Solander Lookout. I personally don't like roads where trucks can wiz by you at 75km an hour and there are quite a lot of them heading to the desalination plant and other large business like Caltex.
Here are photos of the Cronulla Ride on the way back to Captain Cook Bridge
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