Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
- Distance and time: 6km one-way, 2-3 hours
- Level: Grade 2 track. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels with occasional steep sections of stairs. Not suitable for prams or wheelchair users
- Top attractions: Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly, Coogee Beach
- Dogs allowed on leads
- Drinking fountains available at all beaches
Enjoy one of Sydney’s most iconic walks, taking in beautiful beaches, cliff tops and great cafes along the way. The six km walk takes two to three hours, depending on how often you stop, but you can also allow a full day to do the walk and enjoy a swim at each of the beaches en route.
Begin at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, a National Surfing Reserve and a great place to try surfing for the first time. Pass the stunning Bondi Icebergs swimming club – one of Australia’s most photographed pools – onto a paved path that will take you round the headland.
In the winter months, this is a great vantage point to spot humpback whales making the annual migration along the coast. At Mark’s Park, just south of McKenzies Point you can marvel at 2,000 year old traditional Aboriginal rock carvings, before continuing on to Tamarama Beach.
Follow the coastline to Bronte Beach. Here you will find a lovely park behind the beach with BBQ facilities, as well as a number of cafes. This is a good place to pause for lunch if you’re making a day of it. Bronte also has a beautiful ocean pool at the southern end of the beach, and a natural sheltered rock pool called the Bogey Hole.
Continue on from Bronte along the track that passes Calga Reserve. From here you walk past (or through) the heritage listed Waverly Cemetery, which is the resting place of many prominent Australians, including celebrated poet Henry Lawson.
Follow Cliffbrook Parade to Gordon’s Bay, a narrow beach lined with fishing boats. This bay is popular with divers and snorkellers, and is home to a 600m underwater nature trail. From Gordon’s Bay the walk continues to your final destination: Coogee Beach.
Protected from ocean swells by nearby Wedding Cake Island, this beach is a perennial favourite with families and holidaymakers. You will love the calm surf, natural rock pools and parkland for picnics and BBQs. Head to the Coogee Pavillion for a well-earned wood-fired pizza or treat the kids to an ice-cream at one of the plentiful cafes along the promenade.
For three weeks each spring, the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world, Sculptures by the Sea, illuminates the Bondi to Tamarama section of the coastal walk. Be dazzled by over 100 sculptures on this spectacular outdoor stage.
Public transport is recommended as parking is limited in Bondi. There are direct buses to and from Bondi Junction and Circular Quay to both Coogee and Bondi.