One of the things we had planned for our Sydney getaway was to do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, and so since we landed in Sydney at 6 am on a Sunday morning, we decided to embark on our adventure right away. This was a magical day and a perfect way to start our Sydney getaway. In this post, I will cover the highlights of the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk.
The Coogee to Bondi Walk Overview
The Coogee to Bondi Walk is about 6 km in length and you can start it either at Bondi or at Coogee. In fact, you can start it at any point in between, but the most popular length is this one.
We chose to do Coogee to Bondi because we wanted our adventure to end at Bondi beach, so we could spend the rest of our day there, as I’ve been reading lots about it and it was obvious that Bondi beach was a place to spend a good chunk of our Sunday.
We were blessed with amazing weather, which in my terms means sunny, but it also means that when you are walking for 3.7 miles, up and down hills you are want to make sure you keep hydrated.
There are few water fountains along the walk, so you could refill your water bottle if you have one.
During our Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, we saw a lot of people doing this walk from both directions. People of all ages, families with kids and dogs too. It’s for sure a popular thing to do, and if I was living in Sydney I’d do this walk every time I could for sure.
Coogee to Bondi in Segments
The Coogee to Bondi coastal walk could be divided into segments, to make it more interesting. It also will provide you with amazing picture opportunities as you will see in this article.
If you are into photography you need to make sure you do this walk, but even if that’s not your thing I find impossible for someone not to enjoy the breathtaking views you will get during this walk.
As I mentioned before, we started our Coogee to Bondi coastal walk in Coogee, and we basically just Uber from our hotel to the Coogee Pavillion, where we let the adventure begin.
If you are planning on getting the Big Bus hop on, hop off in Sydney which I highly recommend you do, they have a Bondi route that you can use to get to Bondi if you choose to start your coastal walk there, or to return to your hotel from Bondi if you go on the Coogee to Bondi direction.
Coogee to Clovelly
The first segment from the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk is Coogee to Clovelly. You can probably do this segment of the
walk in 45 to 50 minutes, plus any stop you make for pictures or just to sit down and admire the beauty.
Clovelly Beach is a small and tranquil beach at the mouth of a narrow bay between two rocky ridges, which makes it great for swimming and getting into the water.
There were lots of little kids taking their swim lessons in the ocean at Clovelly.
Clovelly to Bronte
The next segment of the Coogee to Bondi walk is Clovelly to Bronte. This part should take you another 50 minutes, and it has a steep incline and a cliff top boardwalk along with some stairs. I’d say the difficulty is maybe a medium, but you can always take multiple breaks along the way.
The cliffs above Bronte Beach offer great views of the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Bronte to Bondi
Next on our Coogee to Bondi coastal walk was the Bronte to Bondi segment, it was mostly downhill since we had climbed to get to Bronte basically, and so it was a bit less demanding physically, yet I’d like to suggest you make sure you hold the handrails on your way down those steps.
There is also a tour to Bondi you can take that has a Bondi to Bronte walking tour where they tell you all the cool things about this portion of the walk. You can check out this tour here
At this point we were excited to be able to see Bondi beach as well as the Icebergs which was our first stop at Bondi Beach.
Fun day at Bondi
After the 2.5 hours walk on the Coogee to Bondi coastal path, we definitely felt it was time for a drink, and so we stop at the Icebergs for a nice glass of cold white Australian wine and a beer.
The views for the Icebergs were amazing, and I just can’t get over it the genius idea of having a saltwater pool next to the ocean.
The views of Bondi beach from the Icebergs are spectacular, and the food menu looked very good, however, we didn’t have lunch at the Icebergs, because I had another place in mind to do so, at the other side of Bondi beach.
After recharging for a while after the Coogee to Bondi walk at the Icebergs, we continue to walk through Bondi beach. I’ve heard this is not the safest beach to swim because of the rip current, but there were lots of people surfing.
Maybe you can check surfing in Australia from your bucket list with some surfing lessons:
Sunbathing is always an option, and there was even a place to rent chairs and umbrella.
Many people were having picnics and playing volleyball.
Our next stop was a place called The Bucket List, and with that name how wouldn’t it make it to my bucket list. This was “the” happening place at Bondi. The food and drinks were great and it had great music.
Best of all, the views of Bondi beach while enjoying a great beverage. This is also a great place for people watching. There were many locals enjoying their Sunday as well in this place.
Around 3 pm we decided to start heading back to our hotel in Darling Harbour since our room was supposed to be ready. Before we got the Uber, we walked through downtown Bondi and found an amazing Sunday market where I was able to buy my two favorite souvenirs from Sydney: A hand made leather messenger purse and some amazing aromatic soaps.
The gentlemen that sold us the soaps gave us a great tip for another fantastic walk in Sydney, that I’ll be covering in another post: Walking across the Sydney Harbor Bridge with invaluable tips from a local.
When you have your Sydney getaway make sure you do the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. Remember you can do it either direction, but make sure to allow time to enjoy some amazing food and maybe some beverages at Bondi beach at both the Icebergs and The Bucket List.
Our Sydney getaway had a great start from sure.