Thousands converge on Cronulla for final day of Walk the Walls


Cronulla Walk the Walls has been declared a great success by spectators, artists, business owners and organisers.

More than 5000 people are estimated to have inspected the street art in the back streets of the CBD and enjoyed family activities in Monro Park during the three-day festival.

After a positive start on Friday, numbers grew each day, with thousands converging on Sunday and driving a roaring business in shops and cafes along the mall.

Leader photographer Chris Lane captured some of the colour.

Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce said the event, which was jointly funded by the state government and council, had been a great success.

"The walls in Caringbah [where the festival was first held] were fantastic; these are amazing," he said.

"Our staff say the indications are a lot of out-of-town people, as well as shire residents, have been pouring in to the area.

"The quality of the art is of a very high standard. As one of our people said, 'You could easily have one of these in your loungeroom' ".

Among visitors from out of the shire were a group of friends, Liz, Jo and Maisie, from Blacktown, Penrith and Liverpool.

"We have only been here a short time, but it looks great," Jo said.

"We went to the Wollongong one and, when we heard out it happening here, we were so interested."

Vera and Adrian Dillon, of Oyster Bay, followed the art trail with their children Henry, eight, and Lotta, five.

"I love the initiative, I just love it because there are arty corners everywhere and it brings the place alive," Vera said.

"It is great to show the kids the artists while they are painting.

"We have been here for about two and a half hours and this is our second time around."

Skye, a Peakhurst resident, brought her young children Isla and Lachlan to enjoy the experience.

"We have been here half an hour and have a lot more to see," she said.

"I think it's great. There is a big crowd of people enjoying it."

Nulla Nulla cafe manager Shannon Hawkins said, "We love it. It has brought a decent crowd and brightened up the back alleyways".

Festival curator Tim "Phibs", who worked in conjunction with festival project manager, Sherie Skaines, said: "Everyone has embraced it".

"There are three times as many artists as we had at Caringbah and probably three times as many people," he said.

"The artists are excited with the success."