Thirroul Beach sits within a pleasure playground for young and old. With shops, cafes, boutiques on one side, a kids playground and Art Deco Ocean pool in the middle the long expanse of beach tops of what is a heavenly holiday spot.
I have collected my most frequently asked questions about Thirroul Beach and answered them below;
1. How do I get to Thirroul Beach?
Best to take the M1 and then turn off at Bulli Pass, after it winds down just turn left and head into Thirroul on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Turn right onto the McCauley Street and then left into Bath Street. Follow this down and you will see the kids park - the beach is just behind it.
By Car to Thirroul Beach
Sydney to Thirroul is 1 hour and 43 minutes
Parramatta to Thirroul is 1 hour and 21 minutes
Campbelltown to Thirroul is 39 minutes
North Sydney to Thirroul is 1 hour and 49 minutes
2. Is there parking and how much does it cost?
There is a small car park behind the kid's playground, otherwise, the parking is entirely un-timed street parking. There is also a larger car park to the right-hand side of the playground. It can get very busy on the weekends so be patient. None of the car parks has fees.
3. Is Thirroul Beach patrolled?
Thirroul beach is patrolled daily from 9 am - 6 pm during peak times (November-March). In the shoulder periods (Late September-November & March-late April) the beach is patrolled from 9 am-5 pm. There are no lifeguards from late April through the winter to late September.
4. Are there public toilets, showers and a bubbler at Thirroul Beach?
The original pool Art Deco bathrooms and showers have been restored and offer toilets, showers and a change room. There is a bubbler in the kid's playground.
5. Is there shade or undercover picnic tables at Thirroul Beach?
The park is surrounded by beautiful Norfolk pine trees and offers lots of grass and some shaded tables in front of the pool. But your best bet is to bring a picnic blanket and take advantage of the park and spots under the trees.
6. Is Thirroul Beach good for surfing?
Thirroul is a popular surfers beach - best to check out Surf-forcast.com for accurate and up to date information.
7. Is there an ocean pool at Thirroul Beach?
There is an ocean fed pool at Thirroul that is free and open to the public. It has marked lanes, lifeguards, showers and change rooms. The pool gets cleaned regularly however be warned the water can a bit nippy as a result. There is also an undercover toddler pool.
8. Is Thirroul Beach a good place for kids?
Thirroul Beach offers a safe and undercover toddlers pool, a fantastic playground, showers, change rooms, bubblers and lots of shade and space to play in the park and an expanse of beach to build sandcastles and dip their toes in the waves. It is a fantastic beach for kids that also caters well for their parents with shops, coffee and great food nearby.
9. Is there a good coffee nearby?
You can grab a coffee without having to get into the car at the Thirroul Beach Pavilion which is off the beach. If you feel like wandering a bit further then Finbox, Honest Dons and Buck Hamlin offer great coffee.
10. Is Thirroul Beach dog-friendly?
Thirroul Beach has timed access Via Jones St, Henley Road, Mary Street and Cliff Parade. However further south McCauley's Beach offers Off-leash access via Corbett Avenue.
11. Are there public BBQs at Thirroul Beach?
There are public BBQs in the park off Thirroul Beach. These can get very busy in Summertime but are generally clean and in good working order.
12. Can you recommend a place for lunch nearby?
You can't beat the Thirroul Beach Pavilion for convenience and the fish and chips are fantastic. Or South Sailor is a few minutes away and boasts having the best fish and chips in town. Walk down Bath Street and you will see Honest Don's if you are after something a little less deep-fried or go to Saffron's Milk Bar for a decently priced sandwich and a milkshake.
13. Does Thirroul host any events?
Thirroul’s main streets, beach and parks host the annual Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival every year in March or April. It is a community event that is run by the Lions Club and features art, music, market stalls and lots of food.
Thirroul beach and village are one of the most vibrant on the South Coast and offer so much more than just sand and surf so be sure to pack a picnic, bring some ball games, have an appetite and be prepared for a whole day or weekends worth of fun.