Bondi to Coogee Walk
Did you really go to Sydney if you didn't do the Bondi to Coogee walk?
The plan was to do the Bondi to Coogee walk early in the day, to avoid the heat and the crowds. However, in true Sarah fashion Megan and I didn't actually begin the walk until midday. The clifftop coastal walk is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney. It stretches for around 6km along the city's eastern suburbs, passing Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama, and Clovelly beaches to name a few. Of course for any Bondi Rescue fan, the walk also doubles as ample time to do some lifeguard spotting. And yes, I did see some of the famed boys in blue. I tried my best to contain my excitement.
Although this will undoubtedly damage my reputation, I'm not ashamed to admit that I am the biggest Bondi Rescue fan. Therefore, it'll come as no surprise that visiting Bondi Beach was #1 on my list of things to do in Sydney. My first visit to this famous strip of sand was actually a few days before, on Australia Day. Sadly it was cloudy and cold so I was thrilled when I visited again it looked far more like it does on TV. I have to admit though, I didn't really like the beach. It's really busy, not nearly as pretty as some of the other beaches in Australia, but I did get to see the famed lifeguard tower so it redeemed itself.
This is the next beach to Bondi and it's was probably my favourite. It's a lot smaller and more picturesque - perfect for the ol' instagram. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Bondi to Tamarama and is about 5 minutes walk from Bronte beach. Tamarama is affectionately known as 'Glamarama' because - and I quote - "it is a beach where wannabe trend setters come to sunbathe and swim or simply try to be seen".
About 2km south of Bondi, Bronte is the next stop on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. If you're feeling peckish, there's a couple of cafes and shops near here to refuel. There's also an ocean pool which appears to be a common feature of Sydney beaches.
Approximately 2.2km south of Bronte beach is Clovelly. It's a small, narrow strip of sand with concrete platforms on either side, perfect for sunbathing. If you're a keen snorkeler Clovelly beach is the place for you with a diverse range of marine life - including a Blue Groper creatively named 'Bluey'. There's also a little cafe on the southern side with excellent tuna wraps!
The promised land! Coogee beach is lovely - it's quite big, there's grassy areas all around to relax on away from the sand, and you've got the Coogee Pavilion with shops, bars and (the all important) toilets. Many people choose to start and Coogee and end at the more famous Bondi, but it's actually quite nice to finish at Coogee - it's a lot calmer I thought.
Both beaches are also only a bus ride back to the CBD meaning there's really no excuse not to partake in this coastal stroll ;)