Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Sydney, Australia
One of the top things listed on Sydney's TripAdvisor is the Bondi to Coogee or Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk. So it was reasonable to add it to our ever-growing itinerary. And we were so so glad we did.
We opted for the slightly longer Bondi to Coogee walk but started it in Coogee - making our way to Bondi. I would highly recommend doing it this way round. This means you avoid the crowds of people in Bondi and have a slightly different experience.
The coastal walk is absolutely stunning! We chose a sunny day and it's a great way to get some sun on you! The walk consists of a clear path which is made up of a combination of stairs, boardwalk and slopes - not ideal if you're pushing a pram (but worth wearing trainers!). It's very well signposted and there are plenty of water fountains & public bathrooms along the route. You won't get lost.
This is an ideal way to explore most of the Eastern Sydney beaches such as Coogee, Gordons Bay, Clovelly, Bronte and obviously Bondi. If you're planning to stop at any of the beaches, I'd suggest aiming to start your walk at around 9 am as the beaches get busy.
From all the beaches on the walk, this looked to have the calmest water and a large stretch of sand. Less busy than Bondi, this does still offer several eatery options but also has numerous beach hut & BBQ stations so a good option for a picnic! There's also a large stretch of grass behind the beach which was full of sunbathers so you can avoid the sand if you so wish!
This was the most stunning beach on the walk. Located only a stone's throw from Coogee, the water was breathtaking - and it seemed relatively quiet! Not much sand compared to Coogee, but there were many a sunbather camped on the rocks surrounding. There were quite a few snorkelling in the water so this might be an option if you're looking for an activity, but having not done it myself, I can't comment!
Clovelly was one of the strangest beaches I've ever seen. It seemed to consist of a deep bay that almost appeared like a swimming pool with a beach on one end! There were even pool ladders leading to the deeper part of the water so would be ideal for if you wanted to swim! Not much beach compared to others, but ideal if you're after a swim or spending time in the water!
A fairly busy beach, Bronte is exactly what you'd expect - plenty of surfers, a wide expanse of sand and a few cafe's on the shore. Fairly busy but still beautiful.
Bondi is probably one of the most famous Sydney beaches - and the crowds covering the sand certainly showed that! I absolutely loved the vibe of the beach and it's ideal for finding a spot for lunch but definitely not the place if you're after a relaxed morning on the beach! Loads of surfers, tourists and locals resulted in a long queue of cars to the car park. If you're planning on driving here, don't bother. We finished our walk here and had lunch at The Lamrock Cafe which was brilliant - would highly recommend the Eggs Benedict!
The walk takes a leisurely 2 1/2 hours which includes plenty of time for photographs and a couple of bathroom breaks! We drove and parked at the Crowne Plaza in Coogee (an underground carpark) and it cost us AUS$25 for the entire day (roughly £17). Please note there is limited parking in Bondi if you choose to come that way!
It could easily be a day trip so pack lots of suncream, water and a hat - you'll be good to go! Have you taken this trip? Is this the type of thing you enjoy on holiday?