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Port Hacking is an Australian estuary, located about 26 km south of Sydneymarker, New South Walesmarker and fed by the Hacking River and several smaller creeks, including Bundeena Creek and The Basin. It is a ria, a river basin which has become submerged by the sea.

The local aboriginal people call the estuary Deeban. Matthew Flinders and George Bass (with Bass's servant William Martin) explored there in early April 1796. They called it Port Hacking after the pilot Henry Hacking who was the principal game hunter in the colony and who first told them of a large river he had seen inland on kangaroo hunting expeditions.

Port Hacking effectively forms the southern boundary of Sydney's suburban sprawl. Working inland from the sea, the indented north bank of Port Hacking is formed by the suburbs of Cronullamarker, Wooloowaremarker, Burraneermarker, Caringbahmarker, Dolans Baymarker, Port Hackingmarker, Lilli Pillimarker, Yowie Baymarker, Mirandamarker, Gymea Baymarker and Grays Pointmarker. The southern bank is largely undeveloped land within the Royal National Parkmarker, although the small communities of Bundeenamarker and Maianbarmarker are found there. Warumbulmarker and Gundamaianmarker are other localities on the southern bank, in the Royal National Park. Cronulla and National Park Ferry Cruises operates a regular passenger ferry service that crosses Port Hacking, connecting Cronulla and its railway station to Bundeena. They also operate cruises along Port Hacking that depart from Cronulla.

Port Hacking is a drowned river valley, with a water surface area of 11 sq-km. With very little industrial and no agricultural inputs, the water quality is categorised as 'extremely good', and the extensive inter-tidal shoals provide opportunity for wading birds.

Port Hacking is a popular recreational area, where many activities can be enjoyed such as swimming, fishing and boating. The estuary and bays are used for watersports such as wakeboarding and water skiing and Scuba driving.


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