Live like a local.
Eventhouse offers a haven for both down-time overlooking the ocean, and activity within the ocean, depending on your mood. Allow us to introduce you to some of our favourite Cronulla characters, from fashion designers to artists and surfing instructors, which make this beach-side suburb so charming. With local staff and local knowledge, plus a few tips from our local friends, we’ve created the Eventhouse Guide to ‘Live Like a Cronulla Local.’
Head south along the esplanade towards the ocean pools that dot the coastline to swim a few easy laps with the locals. If you’re up for a challenge, venture further south and swim around the infamous ‘Shark Island.’
If your ears pricked at the word ‘challenge’, we suggest tackling the Cronulla Sand Dunes, but be warned: with dunes at an incline of 45 degrees or more, these hills are not for the faint hearted.
Meet Rod – Every Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am, local artist Rod Coy conducts ‘Coy’s Art Classes’ along the esplanade, using the natural landscape and ocean as inspiration. Rod is the go-to man of Cronulla and his dog ‘Buddy’ is never far from sight. Ask front desk about enrolling in Coy’s Art Classes during your stay.
Barefoot on the beach
If you walk along the esplanade in the morning and don’t stop at this hole-in-the-wall café for a coffee or Acai Bowl, you aren’t truly living like a local.
Up and at ‘em to work-out and work-up an appetite.
Meet Mark – break out of your comfort zone with a surf lesson with Mark Aprilovic, owner of Cronulla Surf School, one of the founding members of the Cronulla Boardriders Club and guaranteed to make you laugh with his cheeky grin and quick wit. Receive a funky Cronulla Surf School cap when organising through our front desk.
Meet Yvette – The first Sunday of every month, the Bundeena Maianbar Art Trail sees more than 20 very different artists welcome you into their studios and homes. Yvette Linton-Smith of Studio 18, was once represented by Robert Pardo Lattuada Gallery in New York and Milan (very impressive), yet now uses her natural surroundings of Bundeena as inspiration. Feel free to wander through the homes and admire or purchase their paintings, drawings, pottery and jewellery.
Regular ferries run from Cronulla to Bundeena (aboard ‘Curranulla’, the oldest commuter ferry in Australia). Ask our front desk team for a ferry schedule.
Explore the streets and alleys of Cronulla mall to uncover the local boutique fashion finds, peppered with your favourite designer labels.
Meet Vanessa – Born and raised in Cronulla, Vanessa Cranfield, the creator of local clothing and accessories brand South of the Border, uses her home town as inspiration. Show your room key in South of the Border to receive 10% off your purchase.
Grab a complimentary bike from the lobby and explore the wider Cronulla community. We’ve enlisted the help of local cycling guru, Rodger Tranter, to recommend some of his favourite local tracks. Click here to learn more.
Pool or Pavement
Grab your sneakers and join the fit, friendly and four-legged with a walk along the shore-hugging esplanade boasting 4km of striking ocean views winding from North to South.
Walk South from the hotel past Bass and Flinders Point where you’ll discover a favourite local swimming spot ‘Salmon Haul’ with crystal clear water and views of Bundeena across the bay.
Meet the barbers of Men’s Republic – offering all the latest styles and trends for your hair and beards, kick back and relax with a complimentary coffee, scotch or beer with your service. Don’t be surprised if you spot one of the Cronulla Sharks NRL players (2016 premierships winners, no less) in the chair next to you – ask Steve, the owner, to point one out for you.
Men’s Republic does not take appointments. Try to get there early and if a wait is required, pull up a chair at Grind Espresso next door and enjoy some fantastic coffee and people watching.
Visit the neighbouring Cronulla Theatre (now GU Film House), an iconic Cronulla building first opened in 1928. An intimate cinema screening niche, arthouse and main stream releases, GU Film House offers the complete cinema experience.
Eventhouse guests receive discounted movie tickets at GU Film House. Ask our front desk for further details
Meet Diana – operating in Cronulla since 2002 with the creative gelato maker, Diana Kontoprias, Frangipani Gelato ranked third in the ‘Gelato World Tour’ Oceania round. Australian born and raised with Greek heritage, Diana learnt her traditional Italian methods and skills while on holiday. All of Diana’s gelato is made from scratch with all natural ingredients (Pavlova is our favourite).
Drinks & Dinner
Meet back in Red Radish for a signature ‘Tiki In The Shire’ cocktail (or two) accompanied by freshly shucked oysters.
Did you know?
‘Nulla Natural’ is a craft beer from Sydney Brewery designed specifically for Cronulla and Red Radish is the only Cronulla venue it can be found.
Late Live Music
The Brass Monkey books a steady stream of local and international acts with everything from indie music to reggae, hip-hop, folk, rock, jazz and the blues. Musicians including Missy Higgins, Matt Corby, Diesel, Jimmy Barns and Tim Freedman from The Whitlams have all jammed on the Brass Monkey stage.
The Blind Bear is a speakeasy-style bar hidden between shops in the Cronulla Mall attracting a pack-out crowd every night. Order the hot spicy wings and wash it down with an apple whisky.