Updated: May 2, 2019
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is one of my favorite things to do on a sunny day in Sydney. It is the perfect activity if you're looking to escape the constant buzz of city life and breathe in some fresh, salty air. The six kilometer (3.7 mile) walk might be a little hard to convince your friends to make, but I promise by the end they'll realize why it’s worth it. I’ll lay out some details of the walk, let you know the easiest routes to get there, and provide insights on some of my favorite spots.
Let’s be real, everyone uses apple or google maps these days. So, you’ll probably end up skipping this section, but in case you want to make sure those little blue dots are heading in the right direction, I’ll let you know what I find to be the easiest routes (all from Central Station for simplicity).
Train then Bus: Take the T4 train from Central Station platform 24 to Bondi Junction and then transfer to the 333 or 380 bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde (Stand C).
Bus (with transfer): Take the 440 bus from Haymarket Central Station, Railway Square (Stand J) to Bondi Junction and then transfer to the 333 or 380 bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde (Stand C).
Ride Share App: It is also easy to catch an Uber to Bondi if you’re looking for a quick and easy route. Uber’s can typically run you $25-30 Australian Dollars (Price reference from Central Station).
Okay, let’s get to the fun part. On this walk you’ll hit seven stops: Bondi Beach, Mackenzies Point, Tamarama, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, Gordon’s Bay, and Coogee Beach.
The walk starts at the legendary Bondi Beach. Here you’ll find massive waves, tons of tourists, an amazing ocean-side pool, and the famous lifeguards from the very popular Australian reality T.V. show Bondi Rescue.
The next beach I want to point out is one of my favorites, Bronte Beach. In comparison to Bondi, Bronte is less clustered by tourists and also features a pretty amazing coastal pool. If you’re lucky you might find some dare devils jumping from the pool wall into the waves below. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the stone steps down into the crashing waters yourself.
The last beach on the walk is Coogee Beach. Coogee is also a favorite of mine, in part because it features an amazing natural pool. These shallow waters are a perfect spot to escape the waves of the main beach. Coogee also has The Pavilion which is a sweet spot to grab a bite or drink after a long day out in the water.
Although these three beaches listed receive most of the coastal walk's praise, the bays, smaller beaches, and look-outs are just as beautiful. Mackenzies Point is the perfect spot to nail that Instagram picture, Tamarama is always chalk full of adorable pups, and Gordon’s Bay is a perfect spot to stop for a snorkel.
Overall, I can’t recommend this option enough as an alternative to the classic beach days Australia so often provides!
Country: United States
Course: Social and Political Sciences
University: University of Massachusetts- Amherst