A popular family beach, Coogee Beach is patrolled, with lovely ocean pools and seaside parks with barbecues and playgrounds. Families with young children are drawn by the flat surf conditions and pools such as McIvers Baths, Australia’s last remaining seawater pool for women and children only.
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.
After the exhilarating walk replenish your energy at one of the delightful cafes or enjoy a delicious lunch on the Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop. You can buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips at several shops and enjoy them on the soft sands or adjacent Goldstein Reserve, an enchanting park with picnic tables.
In the ocean vista is Wedding Cake Island, made famous by rock bank Midnight Oil’s eponymous instrumental. A popular spot for scuba diving, the rocky outcrop protects the beach from most swells and creates the relatively calm waters ideal for swimming and stand-up paddleboarding.
On the northern headland is the Bali Memorial at Dolphins Point. Below is Giles Bath, a natural rock pool with great ocean views. You can walk from the northern headland to Gordons Bay, a wonderful snorkelling and diving spot. Sydney Underwater Scooter Tours offers amazing tours in the bay.
At the beach’s southern end is Ross Jones Memorial Pool, built in 1947. A walkway leads to Grant Reserve and picnic tables, barbecues and a ship-shaped playground. Steps lead down to McIvers Baths and the 1907-built Wylie’s Baths, where an elevated timber deck offers splendid ocean views.