Once in Sydney, Australia try the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. This post shows you what the walk connecting Sydney’s best beaches is like and walk map and photos of all beaches are included.
A 6 km trail has been built down the coast beginning from Bondi Beach and ending at Coogee Beach. The other pretty beaches you will walk through are Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. Outside the beaches you can see the sea, cliffs and rocks all the way. The walk makes a really nice day out in Sydney.
Bondi Beach, Sydney
At any time you can stop walking and stay on the beach you like most and take a bus back to the city, or walk all the way to Coogee and take a bus back from there.
Bondi to Coogee coastal walk: surf waves
We have walked the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk many times since we love the scenery. For us it takes double the time said in travel brochures, it takes us half a day.
We like swimming in ocean waters once or twice along the route, and it may happen that we get hungry and stop somewhere for a meal.
Here you can see pictures from along the route, showing some of the best Sydney beaches.
Bondi to Coogee Walk Map
This is a Bondi to Coogee walk map and it shows all the beaches along the walk and the route between the beaches by car. The Bondi to Coogee walk is not use the roads, it follows the ocean shore. The route is clearly marked with many signs so you can’t get lost.
The walk starts at Bondi Beach.
The most famous beach of Australia: Bondi
Bondi is by far the most famous beach in Sydney and it is really nice both for swimmers and surfers.
In fact Bondi is a perfect beach for the whole family and for everyone. It has many trendy seaside restaurants, cafes and shops along the boulevard. We just looked in one of two shops and bought many nice things. That was not a good idea since we and had to carry them all the way to Coogee.
At Bondi there is the old-style Pavillion building that today serves as a local community centre.
If you have time for just one beach in Sydney, go and see the Bondi Beach.
How to Get to Bondi Beach
Bus and car traffic in Sydney is slow so it takes a lot of time to get to Bondi. It might help if you take a train to Bondi Junction and a bus for the last 3 km from Bondi Junction.
To make the most out of our walking trips we mostly pack our swimsuits and beach towels, just in case we should need them. And we never forget our water bottles and sunscreens.
Bondi Baths, Sydney
The coastal walk begins above Bondi Baths and Bondi Icebergs clubhouse at the south end of Bondi Beach. The Icebergs members come here and swim every Sunday during the winter, which certainly is nice, even if it for us Scandinavians doesn’t sound extreme.
The path begins with lots of steps between sharp rock formations but around the corner walking gets easier and the path is all the way in a good condition. Before the first beach, the Tamarama Beach, there is a lookout at Mackenzies Point.
Bondi to Coogee coastal walk: Tamarama Beach
Tamarama Beach has a yellow Surf Life Saving Club building. This is a nice beach that especially surfers seem to like.
Around Tamarama beach there are at least three different sandy coves, quite small but they look scenic from the footpath.
Tamarama from the coastal walk
Bronte Beach, Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
The next beach is Bronte. Bronte Beach has a good picnic area with gas barbecues.
Waverley oceanfront Cemetery
After Bronte comes the Waverley Cemetery where many people and among them many notable Australians have been buried. The walk then again follows the cliffs.
Bondi to Coogee coastal walk: Clovelly Bay
Concrete terraces on both sides of Clovelly Bay make the beach feel more like an ocean swimming-pool. In autumn the beach looked a bit dirty, but in the summer it’s a good beach for families. The beach restaurant served an excellent lunch.
The rocky Gordons Bay
Gordons Bay has a marked underwater route for snorkellers. This stony bay is not a good beach for swimmers, but it’s nice to look at.
The path goes on and there is a bowling club area, many stairs to climb and finally you are approaching the end of the route, Coogee beach.
Coogee Beach, the end of the Bondi to Coogee walk
As we started walking in the afternoon and walking took so much time with all the stops, we reached Coogee first at dusk.
Never mind we still took a dip in the Pacific Ocean before a half-an-hour bus trip back to the city. In fact you should stay longer at Coogee, which is a pretty place.
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a part of a longer Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk. The Eastern Beaches walk goes further south so you can continue walking for almost as long you like.
Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk, Sydney
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a popular walk with Australians and tourists like ti too. So there are always lots of people walking during the summer months. But as you know the Australian climate is nice round the year so it’s always a good time to enjoy Sydney’s eastern shores.
And I still have to add: you can walk the route in both directions. It’s as beautiful from Coogee to Bondi as the other way round.