Sydney East

Highlights

Enjoy a dip or a stroll at world-famous Bondi Beach, watch great sporting contests at Moore Park and tour the Sydney Cricket Ground, and relish all the glamour of Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney’s east. There are surfing, sailing and kayaking tours, and lovely waterfront places to dine.

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About Sydney East

Discover beautiful, exciting and intriguing attractions in Sydney’s east. Enjoy Australia’s most famous beach in Bondi, cheer world-class sports in Moore Park and Randwick, explore indigenous and colonial heritage in La Perouse, and try delicious restaurants with fabulous ocean or harbour views.

Many more wonderful things to do and see await you, from spectacular coastal walks to elegant shopping in Double Bay, from seaplane joy flights in Rose Bay to a scenic ferry ride to Watsons Bay. Families with young children will be delighted with Coogee’s calm surf conditions and ocean pools.

Bondi Icebergs - Sydney East, Image; Destination NSW

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is an exhilarating experience. You’ll marvel at splendid ocean vistas on the 6km trail and meander by charming Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. You can spot majestic humpback whales between May and November from clifftop vantage points on the walk.

Another excellent walk is the Malabar Headland National Park’s Western Escarpment walking track, near the southern end of Maroubra Beach. The coastal and ocean views are spectacular and, like on the Bondi to Coogee trail, keep an eye out for frolicking humpbacks during their annual migration.

Other outdoor adventures include sailing and kayaking on glittering Sydney Harbour. You can hire kayaks and boats or join tours. Surfing is popular too and you’ll find surf schools at Bondi Beach and Maroubra. Both beaches are recognised in the National Surfing Reserves as places of intrinsic value.

Shark Bay - Vaucluse, Sydney Harbour, Image; Destination NSW

Bring a picnic hamper for pretty waterfront parks, such as Nielsen Park in Vaucluse. You can tour colonial explorer William Charles Wentworth’s stately Vaucluse House. The Federation Cliff Walk includes Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest lighthouse designed by convict Francis Greenway.

Nearby is the harbour entrance at South Head, a magnificent spot to watch one of the world’s great ocean-racing events, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day. Check out the events calendar for more top sporting contests, from cricket and football to the glamour of Royal Randwick Racecourse.

You’ll also find weekly fresh produce markets, such as the Moore Park Foodies and Farmers Market and the Bondi Farmers Market. Along the Bondi-Tamarama section of the coastal walk for a few weeks in spring is Sculpture by the Sea, the largest outdoor public sculpture exhibition in the world.

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  • Bondi World-famous Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s most stunning beaches. Sydney.com lists Bondi Beach accommodation, restaurants, apartments, things to do, events and more.
  • Coogee Coogee Beach is a beautiful, shimmering Sydney beach. Sydney.com lists things to do in Coogee, restaurants, accommodation, hotels, events and more
  • Double Bay Double Bay is located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, with pretty open parks, tree-lined boulevards, grand residences and luxurious penthouses.
  • La Perouse La Perouse is a starkly beautiful, historically significant suburb in the south-east of Sydney on Botany Bay.
  • Moore Park Home to major sports stadiums, entertainment venues, a dining and shopping precinct and an expansive park, Moore Park has plenty of things to see and do.
  • Randwick Randwick is a vibrant eastern suburb of Sydney just 6km south-east of the city, between the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the beachside suburb of Coogee, and the Royal Randwick Racecourse.
  • Watsons Bay Take a ferry across Sydney Harbour to Watsons Bay and stroll along the picturesque coastline, or eat fish and chips at one of Australia’s most celebrated seafood restaurants.