After eating so much delicious foods at Hurricane’s Grill, Sydney Fish Market and Pancakes On The Rocks, it is time for some exercise.
Sydney is famous for its coastal walks, and the most famous has to be the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. This is probably due to the ease of transportation, but also the myriad of activities that you can partake along the way and the stunning sea views.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is a cliff top coastal in Syndey’s eastern suburbs that spans six kilometers. This coastal walk covers five of Sydney’s eastern beaches: Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach and Coogee Beach. Along the way, you will see stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools.
How to Get to Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
Unless you really like the feel of money and fumbling for loose change every time you need to take public transport in Sydney, I strongly urge you to get a Opal card. Not only is it hassle-free, it gives you discount for every trip and there are various fee caps. Read more about the benefits of travelling with Opal card here.
All the 5 beaches along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk are serviced by trains and buses. You can find all the information here.
My mother and I decided to start our walk from Bondi Beach, so we took the train to Bondi Junction and took bus 380 to Bondi Beach. We got off at the Campbell Parade near Ramsgate Avenue station and we walked for 5 minutes to reach Bondi Beach.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Bondi Beach
There are a lot of activities available at Bondi Beach. You can swim in the sea or at Icebergs rock pool (there is free changing rooms and shower facilities at Bondi Pavilion). You can surf, dive, show off your skating skills at the Skate Park or have something to eat at one of the restaurants and cafes. There are many boutique shops in Hall Street, Gould Street and Campbell Parade where you can shop to your heart’s content.
This signboard signifies the start of the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. It says that it takes about 1 hour from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach (1 way).
MacKenzies Bay a short distance away is a nice spot for some photo-taking. My mother and I even spotted a pile of naturally-crystallized salt crystals.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Tamarama Beach
Tamarama Beach is one of the smaller beaches with where you can swim (only within the flagged area) and surf (only in the morning and afternoon). Tamarama Kiosk is the only cafe where you can get snacks and drinks. There is a shaded playground where the kids can play.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach is the beach if you are want fun for the whole family. Adults can either swim in the ocean or the salt water Bronte Pool or surf the thrilling but dangerous rip called Bronte Express. Kids can enjoy themselves at the shallow enclosed natural rock pool at the southern end of the beach called Bogey Hole, the secure shaded playground or children’s railway. There are free electric grills and covered picnic tables in Bronte Park for the perfect barbecue. The popular Bronte cafe strip has cafes, restaurants and a Fish and Chip shop.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Clovelly Beach
Clovelly Beach has a little something for everyone outdoorsy. For those who want to take a dip, you can either swim in the sea or in the concrete swimming pool at the southern side of the beach. Diving is taken to a whole new level at Clovelly Beach with a 600m underwater nature trail. There are drums every 20m and information on steel plagues. There is the outdoor gym with state-of-the-art outdoor gym equipment, a playground for kids. You can play barefoot bowls at Clovelly Bowling Club. The cafes and pubs behind the beach serves food and drinks all day.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Coogee Beach
Coogee Beach is another beach that is family-oriented. There are three ocean pools at Coogee Beach: Giles Baths, women-only McIvers Baths and Wiley’s. There isn’t much waves at Coogee Beach, so it is save for even kids to swim there. You can play volleyball and there is a children’s playground. Coogee Aquatic Reserve and Mistral Point at Coogee Beach are just two of the diving sites available at Coogee Beach. There are numerous parks around Coogee Beach where you can relax or have a barbecue. There are many cafes, bars and eateries in the streets surrounding the beach and on Coogee Bay Road.
It took us around 3 hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, but we stopped at many points along the way to take photographs so you probably can complete it in 2 hours if you just continue walking.
It is a relatively easy walk with amazing views, but it can get pretty hot on a sunny day. Drawing from my own experience, this is what I will suggest you pack for the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk:
- lots of water – at least 1 litre
- sunglasses – it can get really sunny and you can’t open your eyes
- hat – to reduce UV damage to your skin and hair
- comfortable walking shoes
The Bondi Coogee Coastal Walk is a great for a little exercise. It’s not too strenuous and the stunning view makes all the sweat worth it. You can see sculptures made by artists from around the world if you take the walk in October to November.
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