One of Australia’s oldest beachside suburbs, Coogee in Sydney’s east will charm you with soft white sand, ocean pools, seaside parks, spectacular views and delicious places to eat. You’ll find adventure too, from coastal walks to snorkelling or diving in an aquatic sanctuary teeming with marine life.
A year-round favourite with a vibrant cafe, bar and restaurant scene, Coogee delivers all the laid-back trademarks of Sydney’s beach lifestyle. You’ll find a range of places to stay for a weekend escape or beach holiday. The grand Coogee Bay Hotel has been a seaside retreat since 1873.
Getting to Coogee is easy by public transport, with buses stopping next to Coogee Beach, a popular beach for families with young children. The adjacent Goldstein Reserve and Grant Reserve at the southern end of the beach are pretty parks with picnic tables, barbecues and pine trees for shade.
Three of the four ocean pools are at the southern end. Steps from Grant Reserve lead to two pools. McIvers Baths, built in 1886, is Australia’s last remaining ocean pool for women and children only. Nearby is Wylie’s Baths, one of Sydney’s most beautiful tidal pools with an elevated timber deck.
Besides swimming and relaxing on soft sand, Coogee Beach is where you can start, or finish, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. The 6km trail winds along sandstone cliffs to other pretty beaches, including Bronte and Clovelly. You can spot whales along the coast between May and November.
On the trail is Dolphins Point, Coogee’s northern headland where the bronze Bali Memorial looks over the ocean. Just north of the point is Gordons Bay, which is part of the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve. You can join Sydney Underwater Scooter Tours for a snorkelling experience in the bay.