Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Enjoy one of Sydney’s most iconic walks, taking in beautiful beaches, cliff tops and great cafes along the way. The 6km 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. 


Fast facts

  • 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 


> View map of the Bondi to Coogee Walk

Couple enjoying a walk along Bondi Beach, Bondi

Couple enjoying a walk along Bondi Beach, Bondi

Start exploring 

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 around the headland.

Early morning swimmers at Bondi Icebergs Club, Bondi Beach

Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach

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 barbecue facilities, as well as a number of cafes, including local institutions The Bogey Hole and Iggy's Bread. 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.

Next up is Clovelly Beach, a sheltered narrow bay ideal for calm swimming thanks to the concrete platforms and promenades on either side of the bay, which also give the it a charming European feel. Feelish peckish? A stone's throw from the water is The Clovelly Hotel, a beautifully restored pub with a fantastic beer garden.

Clovelly beach and ocean pool, Eastern suburbs Sydney

Clovelly beach, Sydney east - Credit: Andrew Gregory - Destination NSW

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.

Couple enjoying a morning visit to Gordons Bay, Coogee

Gordons Bay, Coogee

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 and parkland for picnics and barbecues. Coogee is also home to four ocean pools: McIver Baths (the last ocean pool in Australia reserved for women and children only), Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Wylies Baths and Giles Baths

Housed in the historic former Coogee swimming baths and aquarium, 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. Other great eateries include Coogee Wine Room and Osteria Coogee, while the Coogee Bay Hotel has been the locals’ pub since 1873.

Coogee Pavilion - Sydney East

Coogee Pavilion, Sydney East

Sculpture by the Sea

For three weeks each spring, the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world, Sculpture by the Sea, illuminates the Bondi to Tamarama section of the coastal walk. Be dazzled by over 100 sculptures on this spectacular outdoor stage.

Sculpture: Byobu by Stephen Hogan at Sculpture by the Sea 2018, Bondi

Sculpture by the Sea 2018, Bondi

Getting there

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.

Beautiful attractions on the Bondi to Coogee Walk


Top swimming spots for cooling off


Where to eat & drink along the way