Beau Ryan's insider tips on the best things to do in Cronulla

Former rugby league player-turned-media personality Beau Ryan has whizzed around the globe as the new host of ‘The Amazing Race Australia’ but he still gets a kick coming home to Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

Cronulla in Sydney's Sutherland Shire.
  • Kaitlyn Palmer Allen
  • November 2019

Much of the allure of the south Sydney suburb of Cronulla lies in its proximity to long stretches of golden sand, sparkling waterways and glistening bays. But for local Beau Ryan, knowing the lady who runs the buzzing coffee shop and being only 30 kilometres away from the big smoke is Cronulla’s real charm. After hopping across the globe as host of the 2019 season of ‘The Amazing Race Australia’, Beau settles back into life at home and gives us a glimpse into his beachside hideaway.

What was it like filming ‘The Amazing Race Australia’?

I learnt a lot about myself. I went to all of the countries with an open mind – and far out! I was blown away by the cultures. I can’t wait to get back to some of the countries and take my family. I mean, I won’t be racing around with a 30-kilogram backpack on but I’d like to go back and see them properly.

Where did you get to visit?

I went to Asia, Africa and through Australia.

You grew up south of Sydney in Wollongong but now live in the Shire. What do you love most about Cronulla?

Heaps of things. I love the people and the fact that it’s in Sydney but still a bit out and only 30 minutes from the city. And it’s close to Wollongong, so I go down there to see my family. I love the beach and the weather’s always good – I love everything about it.

A birdseye view of the Cronulla tidal pool.
The Olympic-sized tidal pool is a must-visit in Cronulla.

How do you spend a typical Sunday?

I get up and go to my local coffee shop, Shelly Park Shop with my wife and kids. I go there every day – it’s legit 100 metres away. I’ll grab a coffee. I drink a lot of coffee, so I’m very good friends with the owner. I might grab breakfast, too. We usually come home, go for a swim, chill out with the kids and then invite people over for a barbecue.

117 Ewos Parade, Sydney, +95 2 79 648, fb.me/shellyparkshop opens in new window

Cronulla has a great surfing culture. Do you surf?

I don’t surf. But I might go for a swim at home or down at the beach. Or we’ve got a nice ocean pool near us.

What’s your favourite local gem?

There’s this modern Thai place called Alphabet St I love it – and I just spent a lot of time eating street food in Asia. We eat out quite a lot and we try to eat there at least once a month.

5/8 Kingsway, Cronulla, 02 9544 0756, alphabetst.net opens in new window

A spread of food from Alphabet St, Cronulla.
Modern Thai eatery Alphabet St is a local secret in Cronulla.

Where would you go for your ultimate Cronulla ‘Amazing Race’ challenge?

The Cronulla sand dunes opens in new window are some of the biggest in Australia. If you want a tough physical challenge, racing across the dunes will give you an incredible and invigorating workout.

Grab a footy, go for the tackle and score a try at local Tonkin Oval. Or head to Shark Park (aka PointsBet Stadium opens in new window) and watch the NRL pros.

There are some incredible ocean pools opens in new window in Cronulla. Feeling brave? Try diving into the Olympic-sized tidal pool in the middle of winter.

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