A six-kilometre coastal walk in the Eastern Suburbs, the Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk takes you along the winding cliff tops between some of Sydney’s finest beaches. Whilst most of the route is easy going, some sections do have steps which makes these parts unsuitable for those with limited mobility. All in all, it should take between 2 or 3 hours – though it is likely you will be tempted to stop off at the numerous rock pools and cafes available on route!
We began at Coogee Beach, although you can do the walk starting from Bondi. Coogee beach is popular amongst families but also has some good bars and restaurants close to the beach. For this reason, you may want to grab some fish and chips or a coffee before starting your walk. Following the signposted path, the next beach we reached was Gordon’s Bay. Gordon’s Bay is secluded and picturesque – making it one of the prettier beaches in my opinion. It is only a 10-minute walk from Coogee but this section does have more steps than the rest of the walk and so is a bit more difficult.
The third beach that you reach will be Clovelly Beach, which you will easily identify as the surrounding areas are mostly concrete. It does, however, have a fantastic saltwater pool and it is popular for sunbathers and swimmers who prefer quieter waters.
Bronte Beach was slightly busier, having both a saltwater pool and barbeque spots. On the opposite side of the beach, we stopped for a while to watch the surfers from the cliffs. The view back on the beach is spectacular and I would highly recommend doing this.
The final beach before Bondi is Tamarama, which is slightly smaller but also very popular amongst surfers. It is leaving Tamarama Beach and following the bend to the left that you will catch your first glimpse of Bondi Beach. ‘Bondi Icebergs’ have been made famous by travellers and influencers on Instagram and you may want to take a dip in the white pools before you venture to the beach itself. At $6.50 an adult, it is an experience worth having.
Once you reach Bondi Beach, you could choose to relax on one of the most famous beaches in the world or alternatively grab some food along the busy promenade. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping if you are still hunting for that perfect souvenir or beach inspired outfit. The Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk could easily be a morning or full day activity, thanks to the multitude of opportunities along the route for activities such as surfing, swimming or shopping. Just remember the sun cream and a camera!