The southern-most part of the Sutherland Shire has plenty to do for young kids and you can begin your day at…
Bonna Point Reserve
Bonna Point Reserve, which was only built earlier this year, is a huge playground that really does cater for kids of all ages. We provided a full playground review of the reserve earlier in the year and have been back on multiple occasions.
The fact that it has a skate park, flying fox and massive slide ticks the big kids’ boxes while little kids will be happy to play in the sand and on the smaller structures.
We met some friends here, all brought a plate for morning tea, and even though it was a busier day, there was plenty of room for us to spread out and the playground was big enough to accommodate the many kids.
You can easily spend an hour or two at this playground (thankfully there are toilets!) and when you’re ready for lunch it’s only a short walk to…
Cook at Kurnell
If you haven’t been to Cook at Kurnell before then you’re in for an absolute treat. It’s beachy setting (you’re literally outdoors, on the sand) large striped and straw umbrellas and vintage food vans are as close to a coastal holiday as it comes. You can even lie back in their beach chairs and enjoy a cocktail if you like.
There’s even some equipment for the kids. It’s not big, but it’s amazing the difference a few sings, small cubby house and slide set on sand can make to kids who don’t love to sit still for long. Your pets are also welcome too.
We parked ourselves at the nearest table to the equipment so that, after ordering our food, the kids could play while they waited for it to be prepared.
You won’t be disappointed by the food here either. Their menu is “Meditteranean meets Miami” and I can personally recommend the Smoked ham panino and Fish tacos, which I’ve eaten here on other occasions. On this particular day, I just had some sweet potato chips ($6) and a Pine mint frappe ($9), which both satisfied 100%. My daughter ordered the fish and chips ($12) and my son and his friend both chose ham and cheese toasties ($7 each). I did my usual routine of taste-testing their meals.
The food was flawless, however, I did have the same issue with having to try and cut up fish strips that had been served in a bowl- I guess places do this so that the chips don’t spill everywhere, but it’d be great if they just served smaller morsels of fish that didn’t need to be cut.
Hands down, this is the Shire’s best beach bar and a great spot to get a jug of sangria and enjoy the long summer days with some friends when you can wrangle a child-free night too.
One of the best things about a beach bar is, of course, that as soon as you’re done you can go to the beach!
The beaches of Kurnell have quickly become our favourites in the Shire as they’re much easier to park at than the beaches around Cronulla. If you’ve just come from Cook at Kurnell then you’ll be right over the road from the dog-friendly area (the western-part of Silver Beach).
Don’t forget your sunscreen, bodyboards, buckets and spades so that you can make the most out of your time at the beach.
There’s definitely not a lot of shade here so you’d be wise to bring a beach umbrella or pop-up tent if you have one too.
If you need some refreshment after this then you can head up to Endeavour Coffee and Ice Cream or pop back into Cook at Kurnell for an all-natural Pure Pops ice-block (but we were beat!)
Is there anything else to do in Kurnell with kids?
Sure is! Have a picnic or go for a walk around the beautiful Kamay Botany Bay National Park, stop for a smoothie at the Milkhouse or take the kids to the site of Captain Cook’s landing for a brief history lesson!