Photos | North Cronulla then and now

Sandhills used to start at North Cronulla and stretch to Kurnell.

The beach and surrounds have changed dramatically over the years as a result of the natural elements and ongoing development.

Photos from the Leader's archives and other sources tell the story.

In 1937, there was a line of concrete steps on the edge of the Esplanade, leading to a huge beach.

Big crowds flocked to North Cronulla beach in the 1960s.

And, then there was iconic Joe's Milk Bar and old Northies with its big deck, which made way for development in the 1990s.

Several big storms over the years have caused devastation.

Possibly the biggest, in 1974, led to the Prince Street seawall being built.