Spotlight on local business: Cronulla & National Park Ferries

Recently Beach & Bay Realty attended the 2012 Shire Tourism Awards where we were gifted with the opportunity of meeting so many inspirational businesses and individuals contributing to tourism in the Shire, one of which included Cronulla & National Park Ferries.

Cronulla & National Park Ferries won 2 awards on the evening – Tours & Transport and Heritage Tourism. Christine from Cronulla & National Park Ferries also received a Highly Commended Award for her “Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in the Shire by an individual”.

Christine tells us more about one of Cronulla’s many iconic businesses…

Without the Cronulla Ferries life would be much more difficult for commuters from Bundeena! When did the first ferry cross and how did the idea come about?
In 1915 permission was given for a ferry service between Cronulla and Simpsons Bay, Bundeena.  In 1939 a regular service was established with the purpose built MV Curranulla.

How often do the ferries between Bundeena and Cronulla depart?
Hourly service.

What time is the first and last ferry from both destinations?
Mon to Fri – ex Cronulla 5.30am, ex Bundeena 7pm
Sat Sun (summer ex Cronulla 8.30am ex Bundeena 9am, last ferry ex Cronulla 6.30pm ex Bundeena 7pm)  (winter morning times the same last ferry ex Cronulla 5.30pm, ex Bundeena 6pm)

How many vessels do you currently have?
3 vessels:

  1. MV Curranulla
  2. MV Tom Thumb III
  3. TSMV Gunnamatta

What type of cruises do you offer?
More info is on the web page but some include daily morning tea cruises aboard the Tom Thumb III, Champagne Breakfast, Sunset Dinner Cruises, live music cruises, Christmas Party Cruises, birthdays, group cruises etc.

Which cruise would you recommend as a “must-do” for tourists visiting Cronulla and its surrounding areas?
Either morning tea aboard Tom Thumb III or Champagne Breakfast or Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Where is your favourite place in either Cronulla, Bundeena or anywhere in The Shire?

Finish this sentence – ‘I Love Cronulla’ because….
Of the pristine waterways of the Hacking.

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Cronulla Cash Vault – WIN $15,000!

The Cronulla Cash Vault kicked off on the 12th June allowing one lucky Sutherland Shire resident the opportunity to be $15,000 richer with 10 other residents winning $1,000 in Cronulla Gift Cards simply by unlocking the Cronulla Cash Vault.

How to enter?
Over the June long weekend residents all over the Shire should have received a bright yellow card in their letterboxes, each labelled with their own code.

Grab your code and head down to the Pavilion Stage at Cronulla Plaza between 9am & 5pm before 24th June to try your luck at the Cronulla Cash Vault by entering your unique code.

If it’s your lucky day and the Cronulla Cash Vault opens, select a key from inside the vault and you’ll be rewarded with either $15,000 cash or $1,000 in gift cards at the prize celebration on 30th June.

Second chance draw
If the vault has not been cracked open by 11 winners and there are still keys remaining at the end of the promotional period, you still have a chance!

Residents can enter the 2nd chance draw by spending $20 at any Cronulla Beach CBD business in one day as long as they return their secret code with their receipt to the Cronulla Cash Vault staff during the promotional period (12th – 24th June). The second chance draw for remaining keys will take place on 25th June and lucky winners will receive a phone call.

Let’s celebrate!
The Cronulla Cash Vault calls for a celebration! On 30th June everyone is invited to the festivities at the Pavilion Stage starting from 11am including entertainment by award winning comedy and illusion magician Brendan Mon Tanner plus local musicians Hot Potato.

At 12pm the Shire’s “lucky 11″ residents will gather at the Pavilion Stage to open the prize chests with 1 prize chest containing $15,000.  The others will hold $1,000 in Cronulla Gift Cards which can be spend in over 300 shops, cafes and businesses in Cronulla Beach CBD.


  •  Competition is open to Sutherland Shire residents only
  • Only 1 entry per household
  • Must be at least 18 years old to enter

Important! Make sure you check your junk mail or else you could miss out!

For more info contact Cronulla CBD here or via their Facebook page. Good luck!

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Sutherland to Surf 2012 – Happy 40th Birthday!

Did you know the first Sutherland to Surf was held in 1972! Yes it’s that time of year again, entries are now open for the 2012 Wanda Surf Life Saving Club Sutherland to Surf which will be held on Sunday 22nd July, 8.00am sharp.

If you haven’t already, sign up! You can walk, run or roll the 11km from Sutherland to Cronulla. Whatever you do you will be cheered and encouraged by the many spectators who line up along the way, and brekkie at Cronulla is there to look forward to!

The event will start at 8:00am on Flora St, Sutherland, continuing onto Clement Pde, left to Hotham Rd and right onto the Kingsway to use east bound lanes only of the Kingsway to finish at Wanda Surf Club, Cronulla.

Some of the prizes are:

1st Male & Female   $1,000.00
2nd Male & Female  $500.00
3rd Male & Female   $300.00
4th Male & Female   $200.00
Stop procrastinating and enter online now!

Sutherland to Surf

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Misleading and Incorrect Auction Reporting

I have just read the Sunday Telegraph’s property section and in particular under the “Sales action: South”, after attending several of the auctions reported here on Saturday and taking into consideration that I must be objective, there are several discrepancies but none more glaringly obvious as the paragraph regarding the property result in Lilli Pilli.

One of my staff attended this auction. If there were 3 bidders they must have all have introverted personalities to the extreme as no hands were raised which therefore makes it very difficult to pass the property in to a bidder at $3.1mil? Which begs the question, which auction did the writer of this editorial attend? From the article I would say none and definitely not the one in Lilli Pilli which had only one bid, a vendor bid of $3.1mil. I had assumed that these pieces were written by journalists that had attended the particular auctions they focused their articles on. Now that I understand that reporters are reliant on getting the information 2nd hand from the agent it explains why reporting of general market conditions can be so off the pulse and so far from reality. Any buyer/seller/person interested in real estate reading that article would think that 3 bidders competed for that property up until $3.1mil at which point negotiations stalled. In actual fact, no bidder put up their hand.

It is an offense of the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 for an agent to report that a property passed in when in fact it passed in with a vendor bid.  Since launching our auction tracking system we have noticed many discrepancies with what results are recorded for in the Sunday papers but none has been so inconsistent from an editorial piece.

To be fair when I checked the Sun Herald’s real estate section, the Home Price Guide’s auction results show the property passing in, no figure available but at least they didn’t embellish the  result in a paragraph of incorrect, misleading reporting.

I think the media has a responsibility if they are going to report on the real estate market that some effort is made to check accuracy.

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Cronulla Property Receives National Recognition

Last Friday at Cairns Convention Centre, Sammut Developments from the Sutherland Shire won one of the most prestigious awards in the building industry in Australia when they were presented with the HIA-CSR Housing Award for Australian Apartment Project of the Year, 2012. That project is Drift at 10-12 Gerrale St, Cronulla, 11 luxurious apartments in the heart of central Cronulla. HIA describes the apartments as having  “house-like proportions, an extremely high level of workmanship and innovative and environmentally sustainable features”.

It is not the first National award that Allen and John Sammut of Sammut Developments have received and it is not the first award for Drift in Cronulla but it is one of the most highly regarded building industry award categories and brings with it the ultimate recognition of years of hard work, determination and skill.

I was honoured to be in attendance in Cairns when John and Allen Sammut were presented with their award in front of the best of the best builders in the country. Beach & Bay Realty were the selling agents for Drift so I knew first-hand what a stunning product they developed with Drift. We look forward to seeing their next development take shape, also in Cronulla.

I would like to thank Allen and John Sammut for their dedication to the highest level of craftsmanship and their commitment to the Sutherland Shire. Dismissed as “The Shire” it is people like Allen and John Sammut whose talent, hard work, determination and love of the Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire, will show the rest of Sydney and now Australia what we have to offer.



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Grind/I Love Cronulla Competition Photos

We present to you all the photos we have received during the last week for our I’d rather be at Cronulla/Grind Competition. Enjoy!

Kylie from Beach & Bay and Richard from the Grind are catching up tomorrow to choose the winner. Good luck!

Thanks to the participants
Ben McGrath, Brendan FitzPatrick, Donna, Eliza Barr, Hayley Levick, James Diggins, Jane Vidaic, Jeremy Peek, John Morton, Jonny Myatt, Karmila, Katie Morton, Kellie Urquhart, Lillian Lyon, Michelle Wright, Renny Gyorgy, Rhiannon, Rita Emiliani, Rita Longo, Robyn, Robyn Jordan, Shelley Barr, Stephanie Madonis, Steve Core, Susie George

Please note that because we have received so many photos over the week it is possible that we have missed one or two. If scrolling through the photos you have noticed that photos you have emailed us have not been included, please email and we will fix this for you.


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Cronulla’s iconic swimwear shop Hazards’ Mother’s Day Promotion

Local iconic bikini store Hazards Swimwear has a new look and new owners Cathy Parkes and Kellie Gibson.  Hazards Swimwear has been supplying the Sutherland Shire with Australia’s best loved swimwear and casual day wear brands for over 28 years including labels Seafolly, Jets, Tigerlily, Baku, Ginja, Bond-Eye and many more.  Friends and business partners Cathy and Kellie are injecting their own personality into the shop with a fresh new look and adding some exciting Australian brands.  From the creative hub of Byron Bay comes Goddess of Babylon and Muther Of All Things with Tallow previewing this Spring.

To celebrate their new look, Hazards Swimwear are having an in-house Mothers Day Promotion. Spend over $75 at Hazards before Mothers Day and go into the draw to win a $100 gift voucher (drawn on Mother’s Day).

Follow Hazards on Facebook or receive their newsletter to find out when new stock, competitions and sales hit the store!  Just email your details to

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Mother’s Day specials in Cronulla

Cronulla is the perfect location for a beautiful Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch, dinner or all 3! Zimzala & Summer Salt have some great Mother’s Day offers this Sunday.


  • Early bird breakfast (7:30am – 8:00am) – $35
  • Late breakfast (8:00am – 10:30am) – $40
  • Children’s breakfast package (12 and under) – $15
  • Lunch (3 courses) – $75
  • Dinner (3 courses) – $75
  • Children’s lunch/dinner package – $15
  • Click here for Zimzala’s full Mother’s Day menu including choice of entrees, mains and desserts.
Summer Salt 
  • “Spoil your Mother with a flute of Chandon Brut for $10″
  • 3 courses – $85  per person
  • Click here to view Summer Salt’s Mother’s Day menu
Simone’s On The Park
  • Enjoy a lovely Mother’s Day Lunch looking out at South Cronulla
  • Contact Simone’s On The Park for more details – 9527 4222

If anyone knows of any other breakfast, lunch or dinner specials/functions in Cronulla for Mother’s Day, contact us and we’d love to include it in our blog!

Don’t forget Cronulla CBD’s Mother’s Day competition!

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Earth Hour, Daylight Savings & April Fools’ Day

This weekend there are a few things you need to know:

Earth Hour

  • Saturday 31st March at 8:30pm
  • Uniting people to protect the planet
  • A great opportunity for astronomers to view the sky without the usual light pollution

Daylight savings ends

  • Residents should wind their clocks back one hour on Sunday from 3am.
  • Daylight savings will resume on October 7th at 2am
  • Perfect opportunity to change your smoke alarm battery

April Fools’ Day

  • The one day of the year where extreme jokes are socially acceptable (well, only some jokes!)
  • Prank someone before 12 noon or else you’re the fool!

We hope everyone has a great weekend!

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“The Shire” Reality TV Show

Monday morning my phone started beeping with text messages and emails from friends all over Sydney talking about the new reality tv show “The Shire” that Channel Ten are about to start filming in the Sutherland Shire. At first I thought it was a joke. Fast track 24hrs and it is all over the news.

Unfortunately Channel Ten has chosen the Sutherland Shire as the location because of its “natural beauty and tribe-like community!” I agree with the natural beauty description but who would not be offended by the “tribe-like community”?

And in what they are now saying as a bad choice of comparison, the show was described as an Australian version of the US Jersey Shore reality series. Have you watched Jersey Shore? Well I hadn’t watched that show until my sister, who is a school teacher overheard her students talking about it and she thought she better find out what it was all about. I watched an  episode with her. Trash doesn’t even come close to describing that show. The St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader reports today that the production company involved is now describing “The Shire” as a reality version of  Home & Away!

We’ve had Sylvania Waters, we’ve had the riots that set us back years, we don’t need a reality show to destroy the reputation we have been trying to build that this is a great place to live, bring up a family or run a business. Basically the Sutherland Shire wants to be taken seriously and this is a huge step backwards.

Residents from other areas of Sydney might think we are overreacting and maybe we are a little bit sensitive but the riots in 2005 are still on our minds and the damage they did to our reputation as a place to live and work is something we felt for years after and in some cases are still being affected by. Go anywhere in Sydney and say you are from the Sutherland Shire and someone will say something about the riots.

I am sure most residents would embrace a “Home and Away” style show here, one with actors from all parts and with the backdrop of our stunning beaches, bays and leafy suburbs.  Shoots could promote different areas of the Sutherland Shire, not just the natural landscape but cafe’s and restaurants and successful businesses. Unfortunately this show is not going to be like that, it’s to expose, “leave no stone unturned” as David Mott from Channel Ten has been quoted and has chosen reality actors from an age bracket of 20 – 28. I think that goes a long way to tell you what kind of show it is going to be (no offense to 20-28 yr olds).

Here are this week’s photos from my morning walks in Cronulla, next week I might be getting photos of the Channel Ten film crew!

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