By Jade Johnston
One of Sydney’s main attractions in the suburbs would have to be Bondi Beach. The reasons for this are clear. Bondi is a great surf beach, as well as swimming beach. Bondi is a safe beach, with an underwater shark net in use during the summer months. And Bondi is easily accessible by bus from the city centre.
For those looking for a more interesting (and active) Bondi experience, than look no further than the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. This walk can be done in either direction, but we recommend walking it from Coogee beach to Bondi beach, as then you can end your walk with a pleasant swim, or a cold beer overlooking the beach at the Bondi Iceburgs Club.
The Coogee to Bondi beach walk stretches for about 6 kilometres along the coast in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk takes about 2 hours to complete, but OurOyster recommends to make a day of it. Bring your swimwear and a picnic and enjoy some of the many beaches along the way.
The walk is not at all difficult. Any areas of the walk that are steeper, or which have staircases also offer frequent benches and seating where less fit walkers can take a break or just enjoy the views.
Public buses 372, 373, and 374 all regularly depart from the Sydney Central Business District and terminate at Coogee beach.
The walk passes through five beaches during the 6 kilometre hike, and all beaches provide toilet facilities, picnic shelters and electric barbecues. You will also pass by several shops and cafe’s where you can grab yourself a snack, if you didn’t pack a picnic.
The walk starts at Coogee beach, a small protected bay whose surrounding coastline is mainly made up of cliffs. The walk from Coogee beach to Clovelly beach contains a steep staircase, but if you are walking in this direction you will be going down the stairs instead of up. Those interested in snorkelling or diving can take a short break along the way at Gorden’s Bay, a popular snorkelling spot.
Clovelly beach is a small beach which is very popular with swimmers. It is also home to the world’s first surf life saving club. The walk from Clovelly beach to Bronte beach is one of the most picturesque parts of the walk. From here you will be rewarded with panoramic views over the suburb of Bronte, as well as a the pretty little Waverly cemetery. This part of the walk is characterized by a board walk with some areas of steps – but again, going this direction the steps will be mostly going down.
Bronte beach is a rather rough beach, and much better suited for surfers than swimmers. There are, however, quite a few cute little cafe’s just across the road from the beach if you want to stop for a snack and a coffee. The walk from Bronte beach to Tamarama beach is probably the easiest section of the walk. The walk here is very level and the two beaches are only a few hundred metres apart.
Tamarama beach is a very small and quiet beach which is popular with swimmers and sunbathers. This is a good place to stop and catch some rays if you feel like taking a break. During the month of November, the walk from Tamarama beach to Bondi beach is transformed into an outdoor art gallery by sculpture by the sea. This exhibit sees over 100 sculptures exhibited along the walkway.
You have now reached the world famous Bondi beach. Enjoy the surf, go for a swim, or celebrate with a cold one at the famous Iceburg’s club.
To get back to the city, catch any 380 or 333 bus which is marked “circular quay.”
Looking for accommodation in Sydney? We stayed at the Base Backpackers in Sydney. This hostel is located near by the bus stops that will take you to and from the Coogee to Bondi walk, as well as near a whole bunch of great restaurants to replenish your energy after your day of hiking. We used our Base Jumping cards to pay for our stay, which were provided complimentary by Base Backpackers, but all opinions remain our own.