Foreshore Facilities

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Our foreshore facilities include boat ramps, pontoons, wharves, small craft launching facilities, tidal baths and ocean pools, set against a backdrop of stunning waterways and beautiful bays.  Our waterways include three of Sydney’s six rivers, fantastic beaches, two great bays, Port Hacking and Botany Bay, 50% of Sydney’s mangroves and 90% of saltmarshes.


Boat Ramps

Residents and visitors to the Sutherland Shire are blessed with direct access to three waterways, the Port Hacking River, Georges River and the Woronora River. 

Enjoy safe and easy access to some of our most spectacular waterways from our eighteen boat ramps, pontoons and small craft launching facilities throughout the Shire.

Water depth should be taken into account before launching your boat.  Please consider the time when using the boat ramp and avoid launching or retrieving your boat during low tide.

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Small Craft Launching Facilities

Small craft launching facilities provide safe and convenient access to the water for users of non-powered vessels and small craft such as kayaks, surf skis and paddleboards by way of a ramp extending to the beach from the adjacent car park. 

Our small craft launching facilities at Lugano Avenue, Burraneer and Old Ferry Road, Illawong provide safe access for these activities and are a great opportunity to take to the water. 

Tidal Baths and Ocean Pools

Tidal baths provide safe and functional access to enclosed swimming areas in estuarine environments. They also provide safe access to the water for recreational activities such as fishing and diving. In some cases they provide access for boats to transfer passengers to and from land.  All our tidal baths are netted.

Ocean rock pools provide safe and functional access to enclosed swimming areas in ocean environments on the Cronulla Peninsula.  We have three ocean pools in Cronulla and a netted swimming area at Silver Beach, Kurnell.

Dogs are not allowed in public bathing areas, including rock pools, tidal baths such as Gunnamatta, Gymea Bay and Lilli Pilli, and beaches (unless designated a dog off leash area). 

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Protecting our Foreshore

Seagrasses are a unique group of specialised marine plants found in sheltered areas and shallow waters, growing in soft sediments such as sand or mud that provide food and habitat for marine life and help to protect erosion. Some simple ways to help protect seagrasses are:

  • Avoid anchoring in, or mooring boats over seagrass beds.
  • Avoid walking through seagrass areas at low tide.
  • Avoid travelling across seagrass beds in boats at low tide in order to minimise the potential for propeller damage.
  • Avoid digging for bait in seagrass beds.

Read more about seagrasses here.

There are a few places where you should not bring your dog. One place is Deeban Spit, Maianbar, where dogs are prohibited to assist in protecting shorebirds. Dogs are also not allowed in the Royal National Park. To see where you can visit with your furry friend, head to Where can I take my dog?

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