The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is probably one of the most iconic walks that you can do in Sydney(or maybe even in Australia). Following the rough cliffs along the ocean with stunning views all over, 6 of the most famous/beautiful beaches and Australian wildlife surrounding you all along the way.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you have already seen some of my pictures of this walk. I had such a blast and I loved taking pictures (so be prepared for quite a few lol) In this post I will show you all the cool sites, beaches and more.
BASIC INFORMATION ON THE BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK
This amazing coastal walk is six kilometers long, but since you have stunning views to distract you, it doesn’t feel like its that long. You will encounter the beautiful blue ocean, swimming pools, a historic cemetery, Australian wildlife and stunning mansions(one can dream).
Most people (Including myself) started the walk at Bondi Beach and ended up at Coogee Beach about 2.30 hours later. I did stop to take about a million pictures, so if you don’t do that and act like a normal human being(haha), it will take you about 2 hours. Besides Bondi and Coogee you will also pass Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach and Gordons Bay, GORGEOUS! you will be blown away, trust me 😉
There are a few restaurants that you can stop at along the way or you can bring your own food and eat somewhere on the many many picknick grounds or benches.
The walk is fairly easy, but not wheelchair accessibility – unfortunately. The last bit, just before and after Gordon’s bay, is a bit of a pain. There are quite a few stairs to climb up, so keep that in mind. I have had some health issues over the past year and I was able to do this walk with ease.
Finally, I also suggest taking a bus to Bondi Beach and then a bus back from Coogee to wherever you are staying. This is the easiest way. Otherwise, you will have to either walk the track back to your starting point or take a bus back to your starting point.
The path is pretty straightforward. But if in doubt, hug the coastline and follow the crowds. To start, go to the famous lifeguard tower.
The starting point for the walk. This world-famous beach is a Sydney ICON. Whether you are here in Summer or Winter, you will see people flocking to this beach. – Not to mention that Hugh Jackman is a regular and is frequently seen doing his best Baywatch impression LOL ladies you know what’s up 😉
It is also home to probably the second most famous lifeguard crew in the world, no one can top Baywatch of course. Their tower is located in the middle of the beach. Please try not to disturb them, however, they are hard at work making sure that everyone is safe.
From the Lifeguide tower walk towards South Bondi along the boardwalk. On the boardwalk seawall, you can see some amazing graffiti. It features anything from contemporary art to political messages.
Keep walking south and walk past the Bondi Iceberg club. This is a famous restaurant and swimming pool and offers some cool views of Bondi Beach. I suggest not to eat here because it is very expensive.
Now, just keep following the crowd and keep walking South. Here the cliffs will start to show its full force. It is truly beautiful (I will try to minimize the times that I use words like beautiful and amazing in this post, but its just so…beautiful)
At this spot, I sat down for a quick lunch. I brought some sandwiches with Dutch Sprinkles and lots of water. During my lunch, I played with my phone and took these two pictures.
In case you are wondering and want to try to get a similar shot – I used the app ProCam. Select Slow Shutter and then 4 seconds. Make sure you don’t move your phone, then you get pictures that look like this. WOOOOW! – I know ;O (Phoebe’s voice)
When you continue following the path you will see Tamarama beach. This beach is home to an in-your-face-yellow Surf Life Saving Club which is standing importantly on the cliff top, you can’t miss it. This deep tongue of sand is as popular for its surf conditions as it is for its posing – it’s not hard to see why it’s earned the nickname Glamorama.
Keep walking along the pathway walking slight up the cliffs towards your next beach. During the 10-15 minute walk, I saw this little guy in the bushes. So keep your eye’s open for these beautiful creatures. (I think this is a female Superb Fairy-wren, but I’m not sure, not a bird expert)
This beach is known as Bondi’s little sister and it is pretty much as stunning. The clear blue ocean, soft sand, great restaurants, and amenities make this a great beach to chill and take a dip. Since it is winter when I did the walk I opted out lol.
Again, just keep following the path, just before the toilets you have to take a left to go up the stairs to continue the walk. So pay attention when you are there. You will walk towards a dead-end otherwise, no big deal, just some extra steps for you.
Walk for another 5 minutes and you will encounter a detour. In 2016 there where some rowdy storms in Sydney, leaving a heck of a lot of damage. Some of the boardwalks got damaged, so you know you have to take a detour through the Waverley cemetery. I love old cemetery’s like this, but I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea.
I find this heritage-listed cemetery amazing. Loads of imposing Victorian and Edwardian monuments, statues and graves that neatly spill down the hill towards the ocean, I found it imposing.
The cemetery is immense so take a quiet and quick detour and wander around. Please do be respectful, it is a graveyard that you are wandering in after all.
Once you have seen enough graves follow the signs back towards the coastal walk.
Up next is not the prettiest beach you have ever seen, really quiet underwhelming over all the impressive beaches on this walk. The beach has two concrete platforms on the side, which attracted heaps of sunbathers and a pool on one side of the beach. This is pretty much it. Clovelly is used a lot of the time for swimmers, as the way it is designed is perfect for session training and save from jellies and other lurking creatures.
Keep walking and you’ll come across some serious lawn bowls game at the cliff-top Clovelly Lawn Bowls Club – possibly the most scenic bowls club in the world.
Keep walking and you will end up at some of the views you’ll see of Gordons Bay. Some tricky stairs are between you and this Bay, but boy is it worth climbing these. Also, you don’t really wanna walk all the way back, since you are so close to the end of the walk by now.
Isn’t she pretty?! This bay has some of the bluest water you have ever seen. Truly breathtaking.
This little-hidden nugget is great for snorkelling, it also has loads of little fishing boats dominating the beach. There’s however not a lot of sand at Gordons Bay. But it’s also the least-crowded of all six beaches and feels somewhat secret.
Last but not least, Coogee Beach. This beach is a lot quieter than braggy Bondi. Coogee is just as good, arguably better. There’s a large grass area to chill on, ocean pools and Coogee Beach is a lot calmer to swim at (thank you Wedding Cake Island). See the same, but different. There’s also lots of buzz, lots of sand and lots of green spaces for Frisbee-throwing or beach volleyball.
Additional Sydney Resources
- The ultimate Sydney bucket list
- 2 days in Sydney
- Spit Bridge to Manly Coastal Walk
- Whale watching in Sydney’s harbour
- mini-guide to Bondi Beach
- Sydney by night | all Must do’s and see’s
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