A Sutherland Shire suburb on Sydney’s southern fringe, Engadine is sandwiched between the Woronora River and the Royal National Park, the first park to be declared in Australia.
The Royal embraces more than 16,000ha of sandstone plateau that opens on to several fine surf beaches of which Wattamolla and Garie are the best known, while the bayside beaches bordering Port Hacking are popular swimming and fishing spots.
The park is virtually bisected by the Hacking River and boats can be hired at Audley to capture a water perspective of the park which has recovered magnificently from the ravages of the disastrous 1994 bush fires.
Engadine's northern border is defined by the Woronora River which also separates the suburb from the Australian Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Lucas Heights.
Controversy has long surrounded the AAER's complex and the debate over whether Australia needs its own atomic energy research unit is back on the table as proposals to update the facility are back on the Commonwealth Government's agenda.