Coogee Beach is a popular family destination. The beach is patrolled there are four calm ocean pools, seaside playgrounds and parks with barbecue facilities. Families with young children are drawn by the flat surf conditions and seawater pools that make it easy to keep an eye on kids.
Three of the oceans pools can be found at the southern end of the beach. McIvers Baths, built in 1886, is Australia’s last remaining seawater pool for women and children only. Wylie’s Baths is a tidal pool with an elevated timber deck and Ross Jones Memorial Pool is known for its castle-like turrets jutting out from the concrete pool walls.
Giles Bath is a natural rock pool with great ocean views that can be found at the foot of the northern headland. Access it via the coastal walkway near the Bali Memorial at Dolphins Point or, in low tide, you can actually walk along the rocky foreshore from Coogee Beach.
Things to do
You can see Wedding Cake Island, made famous by rock bank Midnight Oil’s eponymous instrumental, just off the south end of Coogee. It’s 1km out to sea and the rocky outcrop is what protects the beach from most swells. The relatively calm waters are a gift to snorkelers and scuba divers who want to explore the underwater world.
You can walk from Coogee’s northern headland to Gordons Bay, another wonderful snorkelling and diving spot. It’s a hidden oasis that is only accessible to pedestrians and happens to be one of the prettiest bays in town. Sydney Underwater Scooter Tours offers amazing underwater experiences in the bay.
Eat and drink
Goldstein Reserve, across from the main beach, is perfectly positioned if you want a pretty spot to eat your takeaway fish and chips. Grant Reserve on the southern end of the beach is popular with families thanks to picnic tables, barbecues and a ship-shaped playground to entertain them.
For something more grown up, head to Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop for a drink overlooking the ocean before enjoying the punchy flavours of South East Asian cuisine at Sugarcane or head to one of the delightful local cafes, such as Barzura, Rosie’s and The Lion and Buffalo.
Getting to this beautiful beach by public transport is easy. You can hop on a bus at Circular Quay or Central Station for Coogee or take a train to Bondi Junction for a connecting bus. Alternatively, you can arrive at the beach on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6km trail with spectacular views.