The Sutherland Shire, an area in the southern region of Sydney is bound by Botany Bay and the Georges River and has long been lauded for its lifestyle benefits. Part of its appeal is the energy of the place – the fact it is fringed by beautiful national parks, tree-lined streets, beautiful rivers, secluded beaches and bays. As well as having access to nature’s bounty, the area is dotted with urban villages that connect via train to buzzing areas such as Hurstville and the Sydney CBD. Whether you want to take the time to smell the flowers, visit E.G. Waterhouse National Camelia Gardens, play golf or spend the afternoon in the Royal National Park, there are dozens of parks and gardens in the Shire’s boundaries that make getting back to nature a cinch.