Combine Music and Wine With a May Cruise to Sydney

Sydney is a great cruise destination all year round - but if you choose to sail to the city in May, you get to enjoy the popular Jazz and Shiraz Food and Wine Festival.

Held every year in the suburb of Cronulla, the event combines great music with equally great food and drink to make for a fantastic few days for locals and tourists alike.

Dozens of stalls offer gourmet goodies, fine wine and sugary treats in the picturesque setting of Dunningham Park, while some of the world's greatest jazz stars take to the stage for an unforgettable concert.

Jeff Duff, Elana Stone, Grace Knight, Vince Jones and Deni Hines are among those who have previous performed at the Jazz and Shiraz Food and Wine Festival.

As the park is located just 25 km from Sydney's city centre, the festival is ideally situated for a day out if staying in the heart of the metropolis.

However, there's more to Cronulla than the Jazz and Shiraz Food and Wine Festival and those taking advantage of cruise deals to Sydney will be able to enjoy a host of other attractions.

The area is home to several areas of natural interest, not least of which is the awe-inspiring Royal National Park and its 16,000 hectares of fantastic scenery.

Visitors can take in the spectacle of more than 700 species of plant flowering at the same time in the summer, as well as take trips to locations such as Audley - the perfect picnic spot - and Wattamolla and Garie beaches.

Keen walkers will also be able to take advantage of the 150 km of hiking trails that can be found in the Royal National Park - making for some stunning walks along the coast.

Other attractions in Cronulla include the Kurnell Peninsula, the villages of Bundeena and Maianbar, the Symbio Wildlife Gardens and the Sutherland Shire Entertainment Centre, which is a popular venue for live shows and concerts.

Alternatively, the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre in Gymea, the Sutherland Art Gallery and the Bundeena-Maianbar Art Trail could be ideal for culture vultures.