Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
It is safe to assume that most people have heard of Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. Images of surfers, lifeguards and tanned bikini clad beach goers most likely come to mind as you imagine this golden sand oasis in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. However you may not have heard of Coogee Beach or any of the 5 beaches between Bondi and Coogee. If you have a spare day to explore the area or even a spare couple of hours you should consider the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk.
This walk is one of Sydney’s most iconic walks and it stretches over 6 kilometers around coastal headlands, through bustling beach suburbs as well as small little coves with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. If you have the time we recommend that you make a whole day out of this walk which is roughly 2-3 hours one way. Be sure to bring your bathers and a towel so you can take a dip in one of the 5 beaches along the way.
The walk starts at the famous Bondi beach with its large lifeguard tower sitting atop the golden sand filled with beachgoers from every corner of the globe. Here you will find surfers carving their way through crashing waves, swimmers doing laps at the famous Bondi Icebergs, and people enjoying the most famous beach in all of Australia. Following the trail past the Bondi Iceberg will lead you to Mckenzie’s Point, which in the right season is the best vantage point to watch the majestic whales as they migrate through the area.
After admiring the panoramic views of McKenzie’s Point and perhaps being lucky enough to see a breaching whale you will stumble upon Mark’s Park which is the location of 2,000 year old traditional aboriginal rock carvings. Once you finish admiring the work of art from years past you will continue down the path to Tamarama beach. This beach is referred to by the locals as “Glamarama” beach and has a reputation for being the place where all the beautiful people hang out when escaping the crowds of Bondi.
Tamarama Beach is also home to the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. For three weeks each spring this section of the coastline will come alive with over 100 sculptures scattered across the stunning outdoor stage.
Next up on the coastal adventure is Bronte Beach, which if you are making a day of the trek, is a great place to stop for some lunch. Here you will find the Bronte Road café strip full of cafes, restaurants, and takeaway to fill any belly. Here you will also find the famous Bogey Hole which is a man-made saltwater pool area built to provide protection from the often rough surf. Here is a great place for the kids to have a swim and enjoy exploring some of the many small natural rock pools that are surrounding the Bogey Hole.
Next you pass through the historic Waverley Cemetery which is the resting place for many famous Australians. After that you will stumble onto Gordon’s Bay. This is the must see for all of the underwater enthusiasts. The bay features a narrow beach lined with fishing boats and is very popular amongst divers and snorkelers. Here is where you will find a 600 meter Underwater Nature Trail if you are keen to add on an underwater adventure to your walk.
After saying hello to some of the local marine life at Gordon;s Bay you will finish the final few hundred meters along the path to your final destination of Coogee Beach. This beach features calm surf, great for the whole family, and natural rock pools. And a nice promenade with cafes, restaurants. So treat yourself to some fish and chips, a coffee, or a nice cold scoop of gelato after your day of wandering along Sydney’s most iconic coastal walk.