Bondi Beach is the most famous of Sydney’s beaches, with Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly nearby. A six kilometre cliff top coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee allows you to experience the amazing views, beaches, parks, bays and rock pools. My best friend, Kim, and I decided to tick this coastal walk off our bucket list and set off for Bondi Beach. After 1 hour and a half of travel (combination of a train and bus ride), the sun was peaking and our arrival to Bondi was met with 30 degree heat.
Immediately, as we followed the path for the walk, our eyes were
greeted with stunning views. We couldn’t help but take many photographs along the way. The walk has several staircases and a few steep gradient paths along the way however, there are many rest stops with great views and seating during the walk from Bondi to Coogee.
It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to complete the walk, depending on the length of your stops. If you’re interested in also visiting Maroubra Beach, it takes another hour and a half to walk there from Coogee. As we wanted to spend the day at Coogee, we decided to walk to Maroubra another time. As we continued walking, passing by many locals and tourists, we noticed Tamarama Beach was nearby.
One of my favourites during the hike, the beach was quiet, clean and very narrow. With a park nearby and many sculptures, I can’t wait to stop by and spend a day at this beach entirely.
Taking a little longer to get there, due to many bays and beautiful rock pools in between, Bronte Beach was next on the map! Now this one reminded me a lot of Bondi, only with less people, which I much prefer. The beach was quite large, stretching out approximately 1 km. This was where the walk became slightly more difficult with quite a few steep stairs and inclines along the way.
One of the most interesting to see was Clovelly Beach, our next place of arrival. It’s small, tranquil and has a cement platform replacing sand. This eliminates the hassle of having to clean sand off yourself and your clothes constantly, perfect for snorkeling and sun tanning (if you’re keen on that). There was a beautiful rock pool to the left of the beach and I just had to take a break to explore it.
Many locals brought their dogs to the rock pool and it was adorable watching them run around and play in the water. After about 15 minutes, we decided to leave knowing that we were so close to our destination, Coogee Beach was up ahead.
The path had the most stairs at this point, but it was the most interesting and my favourite part of the walk. Thinking I had already seen the best views, I realised I was wrong while passing Gordon’s Bay. By far, both Kim and I found this the most beautiful place to take photographs. Even better in real life, Gordon’s Bay had a naturally relaxed atmosphere about it, with a mix of exotic and native plant species as well as timber boat racks that gave the bay a distinctive character.
Our walk was coming to an end with Coogee Beach right around the corner. Finally arriving at our destination, we were excited to spend the day where we had planned. Exploring, swimming and observing everything that caught our interest. Coogee Beach was smaller than Bondi and looked so beautiful once the sun started going down and everyone was leaving. To describe the beach in one word: Peaceful.
Immediately, we began planning our next trip and how we were going to spend a day at Gordon’s Bay to watch the sunset. As well as a day at Tamarama, and another at Clovelly, with excitement levels building, we look forward to more adventurous coastal walks and journeys that await us in the near future. If you’re up for some adventure with stunning views, I really suggest that you take part in this coastal walk. Whether it’s with a group of people, one other person, or just solo, nothing beats the views you’ll see and peacefulness you’ll feel that day. You won’t regret it.
It’s better to look back on life and say: ‘I can’t believe I did that,’ than to look back and say: ‘I wish I did that.’
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