The Cronulla Beaches NSR is managed by the Surfing Sutherland Shire and Sutherland Shire Council’s Beach Operations Team.
Key Surfing Spots
Cronulla’s surfing breaks cater for a variety of surfing abilities. From soft easy beach breaks to world class waves at Shark Island and Voodoo this stretch of coastline has it all.
When it comes to surfing locations in Sydney, the beaches of Bate Bay/Cronulla provide perhaps the most variety and best quality of any other single stretch of coastline, headland to headland. From north to south there are in excess of 24 individual specific surf breaks and in addition to this another 5 kilometres of possible beach breaks available to surfers of all abilities.
There are a number of environmental issues that effect the cronulla Beaches Area. The main issues effecting the beaches is pollution from stormwater and sewage outfalls.
Cronulla Sewage Treatment Plant discharges sewage treated to a tertiary level with ultraviolet disinfection at Potter Point, on the Kurnell Peninsula. Prior to April 2001, Cronulla Sewage Treatment Plant discharged primary treated sewage and was a significant source of pollution affecting Cronulla beaches.
Cronulla beaches are also effected by storm water runoff during heavy rainfall. This runoff contains pollutants from diffuse catchment sources (urban runoff) as well as sewer overflows and sewer exfiltration. Urban runoff generally contains the artificial and natural compounds found in, or derived from, the catchment.