Burraneer is believed to mean ‘point of the bay’ in a local Aboriginal language, and this describes the suburb’s aspect perfectly. Burraneer sits on the slender peninsular that forms the western border of Port Hacking. Across the water, Gunnamatta Bay forms the eastern border of the bay. Burraneer was formally named in 1827 by the colonial surveyor Robert Dixon. He retained many of the place names used by local aboriginal communities in the early days of southern Sydney’s colonial settlement.
Real Estate and Design
Burraneer offers an excellent range of homes, many of which have water views, and some direct waterfrontages. Among these, you’ll find luxuriously appointed executive dwellings, offering large living areas and three or more bedrooms. The suburb also offers a range of bungalows on large blocks, ideal for families. Burraneer also offers some apartments and townhouses, some of which have been constructed in recent years.
Restaurants and Cafés
Burraneer locals don’t have far to travel when it comes to finding decent coffee or good food. The Royal Motor Yacht Club is a local stand out. Situated on Woolooware Road, it offers an extensive dinner menu. A short drive away, Caringbah offers an excellent range of cafés and restaurants. Fresh Café gets some very strong reviews for its coffee. Despite its name, the coffee served by Camellia Gardens Teahouse is recommended, along with its other speciality. There are a wide variety of restaurants focussing on take-away food, including Chinese, Thai and Indian options. Five minutes away, neighbouring Cronulla offers a huge range of dining experiences including seafood, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Greek, French and modern Australian
Schools, Education and Institutions
Burraneer offers residents a range of childcare and educational services. Locally, there are a number of early childcare providers and preschools. Burraneer Bay Public School is well regarded by locals, and caters to children from kindergarten to year six. Government schools throughout the area provide secondary education. There are numerous independent high schools serving the community. The Sutherland Institute of TAFE has two campuses close by, in Loftus and Gymea.
Burraneer’s peninsular location means it offers spectacular views over local waterways. Across Burraneer Bay locals can view Dolans Bay, Port Hacking and Caringbah. Looking across Port Hacking, you can glimpse the leafy villages of Bundeena and Maianbar.
Burraneer has two compact shopping areas. A small cluster of shops is handily located on Woolooware Road and a second group of shops is situated on Burraneer Bay Road. Together, they offer easy access to a supermarket, bakery, butchery, pharmacy and newsagency. A number of large retail centres located nearby, including Westfield Miranda, the Parkside Plaza Miranda and Caringbah Marketplace which provide everything from large department stores to specialty boutiques.
Sport, Fitness and Recreation
Surrounded by Port Hacking, residents of Burraneer have an envy-inducing array of recreational options. Obviously, Burraneer is a great place to be located if you’re interested in canoeing or kayaking, or open-ocean swimming. Many locals have a keen interest in sailing, and make use of the Marina in Burraneer Bay. The Port Hacking Royal Motor Yacht Club is located here and offers all the facilities you’d expect. Burraneer Bay Park is also a great spot for relaxation. The park is home to a good stand of native bush, which makes it a great spot for kids. The park also boasts a sizeable children’s playground. The boardwalk at Burraneer Bay Park makes a lovely area for walking, running or cycling and there’s a well-maintained path for joggers and cyclists. Residents also enjoy ready access to a wide range of local sporting competitions including netball, basketball, tennis, soccer, AFL, rugby, rugby league, baseball, waterpolo and athletics.
Distance from CBD and Transport
Burraneer is located 26 kilometres south of the CBD. The journey by car takes about 40 minutes. The suburb also offers very good public transport links. Neighbouring Woolooware is situated on the Cronulla – Sutherland line, and it offers an easy commute to Sutherland and to the CBD. Cronulla is also a hub for bus and ferry transport. The Cronulla ferry provides connections across the bay to Bundeena.