Spotlight on the Coastal Walk

When: All year round
Price: Free

There are a handful of incredible coastal walks across the globe, and the Bondi to Coogee walk is definitely among them. Following the coastal cliffs and beaches for six kilometres, you can set off, with just you and your backpack to see some of the most jaw-dropping vistas Sydney has to offer. Think sweeping panoramas, beautiful beaches, craggy cliffs, secluded bays, boutique shopping, great eating and drinking spots, cuppa-sipping cafes, beautiful parks and even some rock pools.

With seven stunning beaches that make up the coastal walk, it helps to plan ahead. Most of the beaches have sheltered areas for picnics, kids playgrounds, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms for the sandy struggle into your swimmers. For those who want to reward themselves with some sizzling hot snags, go on a Sunday morning and stop off at any local Surf Club to join the Nippers (Surf Life Saving for Kids) - a must do if you plan to stay for a while with the family and enjoy a sausage sizzle.  Or plan your own with free electric barbecues at Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra.

Timing and Terrain

The coastal walk is considered medium grade, and you can expect to encounter some steep gradients and staircases along the way. If you like to sit and ponder, there are some beautfiul places to rest, take postcard pictures and many instagrammable spots.

What to Take With You

Although classified as an urban walk, The Coastal Walk is front facing to all kinds of weather. If you’re not familiar with the Australian climate, namely the Australian sun – do as the locals do, and:

SLIP (on a shirt)
SLOP (on somesunscreen)
SLAP (on a hat)
WRAP (on the sunnies)

Save your feet and wear comfy shoes, and bring along plenty of water to fuel you while you’re in full sun and lastly – always swim between the flags at Aussie beaches. 

Keep your eye out for whales between May/June and October/November. 

Back to Comfort

When you’re ready to hang your hat and rest your weary feet, it’s so easy to get back to your choice of Sydney Lodges at Randwick  or Potts Point sit back with a glass of wine and scroll through your pics of the day.

 

GETTING THERE

There are loads of ways to configure your walk, but let’s say you kick off your adventure at Randwick, here’s how you could do the walk in two separate stints:

From Randwick 

  • Walk down Coogee Bay Rd to Coogee Beach and then turn left and walk all the way to Bondi Beach via Gordon's Bay, Clovelly, Bronte and Tamarama.
    Trip will take you up to four hours, non-stop.  
  • Alternatively when you reach Coogee Beach turn right and follow the coast to Maroubra.
    Trip will take you up to three hours, non-stop.  

From Potts Point 

  • Catch the train to Bondi Junction Station and catch the 333 bus down to Bondi Beach, once there turn right and walk around the coast via Tamarama to Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon's Bayor wanting to really challenge yourself - go the whole way to Coogee and Maroubra.
    Trip will take over three hours, non-stop.

 

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