The Bondi to Coogee walk is a pretty big deal in Sydney. It extends 6km across Sydney’s eastern suburbs and is the perfect opportunity to see some of the most beautiful beaches, bays and rock pools that Australia has to offer.
The best thing is that it’s a lovely, leisurely walk of around 1-2 hours, depending on your pace (in opposition to the one million horrible mountain climbs that Nathan has dragged me on). There are some steep parts and a few too many stairs for my liking (although I do have a personal vendetta against stairs) but the path is smooth and accessible most of the way.
We did the walk in October, which is springtime in Sydney, and chose to start at around 2pm to avoid the midday heat. This is definitely a good tip to take on board if you’re planning the walk as even in spring the sun can be hotter than the fiery pits of hell.
Bondi, the starting point for the walk, is one of my favourite places in Sydney. It has a certain atmosphere that you cannot replicate or describe- it’s busy and touristy yet totally laid-back and natural.
There’s also some pretty cool street art on the promenade and the iconic Bondi Icebergs club and baths- all of which have prime Instagram potential.
As you pass the Bondi Baths and start your descent up the path, make sure you keep stopping to take it all in as every few steps you take offers a new view of the stunning coastline.
Next, we came to Marks Park, a renowned whale watching spot- although no whales were playing out on this day, unfortunately.
We then passed through the much smaller beach of Mackenzie’s Point, before reaching Bronte Beach. Bronte is generally a lot less populated than Bondi or Coogee, but just as gorgeous, so it’s a great point to have a little sunbathe or a swim if you’re getting hot and tired.
From Bronte, the walk then takes you by the Waverley Cemetery which is set on the natural sandstone cliffs. However, on this day, there was a sign to say that the path that goes alongside the cemetery had been damaged by extreme weather (always reassuring) and the reroute signs seemed to take you way off track. Therefore, feeling too lazy to go all the way around, we had no choice but to jump a few walls and head right through the centre of the cemetery.
Although in a historic sense the cemetery was actually very beautiful, especially with the backdrop of the glimmering ocean- I was sure a zombie apocalypse was imminent so it was a rather creepy addition to the walk.
After this little ordeal, we arrived at Clovelly Beach- set in the narrow bay between Bronte and Gordons Bay. We then had to scramble up a very steep staircase, which was just delightful… but the views at the top of Gordons Bay made it worthwhile (unless you’re super unfit).
Finally, after a little more walking (which felt like a lot), we came to the lovely Coogee Beach. By this point, we were definitely ready to lie down on the beach and we really wished we had brought a picnic as that would have been the perfect way to end the day.
Although, the lack of a picnic wasn’t a problem as there is plenty to do and lots of places to eat by Coogee Beach- Coogee Pavilion would be the perfect place to take in the views of the beach and have a well-deserved glass of wine.
As the sun set over Coogee, we felt so happy to have seen so much breathtaking natural beauty in the space of just a few hours. We sat for a while watching the sun go down and talking over everything we had seen- safe in the knowledge that there is a bus that takes you right back to the start. Blissful.