We set off today on a walk in the hot sunshine. Having hopped on a bus, we arrived at the super iconic Bondi Beach which was great to see after hearing so much about one of Sydney’s most famous beaches. From Bondi Beach, you can take the iconic Bondi to Coogee Walk. It’s a 6 kilometre coastal, clifftop walk with stunning views across eastern Sydney’s beaches. En route, you pass beaches, parks, rock pools, and swimming pools. You can hop from beach to beach, stop off for drinks and food, and take it at your leisure. Why not make it ultra Aussie and have a barbecue on the beach? The walk takes around two hours, although you can also extend it by another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Starting off the Bondi to Coogee Walk, I must admit, I was a little underwhelmed by Bondi Beach. I felt exactly the same when I visited Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. It’s another iconic beach which is glamourized in popular culture but in reality is pretty crowded and commercialized. I much prefer a beach that is peaceful but beautiful, like Palm Beach north of Sydney, or Watsons Bay. How about you? I’ve also pulled together a list of my favourite beaches in the world, if you’re interested in having a read and comparing your own.
Bondi Icebergs Club is, however, pretty cool. It’s a beautiful pool with the Bondi ocean backdrop. You can grab a bite to eat, a cold drink with a view, or simply go for a swim in the iconic pool. It’s also the starting point of the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Once we had a good look over Bondi Beach, we set off on the Bondi to Coogee walk all along the coastline. It’s one of Sydney’s most famous walks, and – as we soon found out – very popular with locals. You can totally see why though. There are some incredible views and it’s lovely to walk or jog along the coast for a while, just soaking up the views and the atmosphere. A great place for a daily run or catch ups with coffee and a friend.
The walk takes around an hour and a half with the odd short break, and depending on how quickly you plan to walk it whilst taking in the marvellous scenery. I would, however, advise walking during the week – we went on a Sunday and it was heaving with locals jogging and walking, particularly as it was such a beautiful, hot day.
The first beaches we passed are McKenzies Bay and Tamarama Beach. From this point, you get awesome views of both North and South Bondi. McKenzies Bay is super popular with surfers, so you can stand and watch from the railings which offer a great view. It’s also the smallest beach in New South Wales, when it appears at low tide. Tamarama is nicknamed ‘Glamarama’, where Sydney’s most beautiful people hang out.
Bronte to Clovelly Walk
You just come across view after incredible view on the walk. It’s hard to keep on walking without stopping to take it all in. The next portion of the Bondi to Coogee Walk is the Bronte to Clovelly section. The cliffs above Bronte Beach are the perfect resting point for views across the entire Bondi to Coogee Walk. Here, you’ll also pass the Waverley cemetery on the rocky juts. What a place to be buried!
Before long, you’ll find Clovelly swimming pool. There’s never far to go on the walk before finding a swimming pool perched at the edge of the ocean.
After passing the swimming pool, you’ll see Clovelly Bowling Club. Here, you might even catch a game. There’s a cliffy area here with some of the best views of the entire Bondi to Coogee Walk. You’ll soon be able to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous waters of Clovelly Beach. It’s tranquil and so pretty and reminded me of a hot, tropical version of Cornwall, UK. I can see why it was the setting of a photoshoot whilst we were there.
Just around the corner, you’ll find Coogee Beach itself. It’s another gorgeous beach, and possibly nicer than Bondi Beach in my opinion. We sat and sunbathed for a while, taking in the beautiful views. After ticking off another handful of the world’s best beaches, I finished the day with sushi. I haven’t yet mentioned how great the sushi is in Australia – really good quality stuff. And it’s everywhere! Almost as good as Vancouver’s sushi. I certainly didn’t complain.
Have you done the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk? Are there any other walks in Sydney you’d recommend? I’d love to hear about them!