Bondi to Coogee

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Sydney is along the east coast of Australia. The city is famous for its plenty of coastal walks. The coastal walks offer spectacular views of the never ending ocean and the blue waters. And one of the most famous walks is the Bondi to Coogee Walk.

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Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk

Bondi to Coogee

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a famous 6 km coastal walk in the suburbs of Sydney. It is ranked as one of the best coastal walks in Sydney.

Bondi beach is a very famous beach in Sydney and it is famous among the surfers. The laid-back coastal cafe culture attracts the locals and the tourists.

The walk offers six sections of different views and experiences. The official starting point for the Bondi to Coogee walk is the Bondi beach. It then passes through the below beaches:

  • Tamarama beach
  • Bronte beach
  • Clovely beach
  • Coogee beach
  • A part of the walk is also through Waverley Cemetery where one can see the graves as old as the early 1900s.

Look out for the grave of Henry Lawson at Waverley Cemetery.

Bondi to Coogee Walk (Sydney)
Bondi to Coogee Walk map (Source: Google Images)

The views during the walk are spectacular. The breeze from the ocean and the freshness in the morning air was something to die for. Note: It is a great walk either during the sunrise or the sunset.

And it is one of my most favourite things to do in Sydney.

Bondi to Coogee Walk (Sydney)
A view of the ocean

How to get there?

Public transport

The fares can be paid using the Opal transportation card. The fare can be paid by tapping the credit/debit cards as well. However, opal cards often offer discounts on fares.

Sydney CBD to Bondi beach

To get to the Bondi beach from Sydney Central Business District (CBD), one must take a train and then a bus. This is the most convenient way to get to the starting point.

  • Frequent trains run between Town Hall and Bondi Junction.
  • And frequent buses run between Bondi junction and Bondi beach.
  • More up-to-date information can be found on Transport for NSW website.

Coogee beach to Sydney CBD

  • Frequent buses run between Coogee beach and the Town Hall.
  • More up-to-date information can be found on Transport for NSW website.

Drive

The quickest and easiest way to get to Bondi Beach is to drive. The Bondi beach is around 9 kilometres from the Sydney CBD and it only takes about 20 minutes to drive. There is parking right next to the Bondi beach, on the top end of Hall Street and is free parking. But finding parking here is very hard especially over the weekends.

As the Bondi to Coogee walk is a one way walk, one has to either take a bus or taxi back to Bondi beach or walk back from Coogee beach to Bondi beach.

Bondi to Coogee Walk (Sydney)
Wildlife on the way

Hiking details

Things to know

  • I suggest walking the Bondi to Coogee walk in the morning.
  • The best time to take pictures is during the sunrise. The views are breathtakingly beautiful.
  • There are water points where one can refill the water bottles throughout the walk.
  • There are toilet facilities along the way.
  • There is a cafe in the midway of the walk where one can get a good coffee.
  • Look out for dolphins and whales. I have seen dolphins during the walk.
  • It is quite busy over the weekends and in the evenings on weekdays.
  • Watch out for wildlife like lizards.
  • There are multiple pools along the ocean where one can take a swim. There are showers and change rooms.
  • Dogs are allowed on the walk but they need to be on a leash at all times.
  • The walk is perfect for all fitness levels. There is only one set of stairs that is steep.
  • Some people walk back from Coogee beach to Bondi beach to make it a 12 kilometres walk.
  • Cyclists are not allowed on this walk.
  • Carry a light jacket as it can get very windy near the coast.

Other information

  • Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.
  • Carry sufficient water and keep yourself hydrated. The water bottles can be refilled at various points during the walk.
  • Carry a hat and sunscreen.
  • Carry an extra pair of socks.

Logistics

  • Starting point: Bondi Beach (The Bondi beach is around 3 kilometres from the Bondi junction).
  • Finishing point: Coogee Beach.
  • Note: Some people prefer to walk from the opposite direction which is from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach.
  • Distance: 6 kilometres.
  • Time taken: 2 hours.
  • Type: One way.
  • Grade: Easy. There is only one set of stairs that is steep.
  • Path: Bondi beach –> Bronte beach –> Coogee beach.
  • Charges: FREE other than the parking cost if one if driving.

Whale watching

During the whale migratory season i.e. between the months May and October, humpback whales can be spotted. Even though I have not seen the whales, I have definitely seen the dolphins swim closer to the beach. The cliffs are a great spot to just look out for these amazing marine life.

Sculptures by the Sea

The Sculptures by the Sea is an annual event in Sydney where the artists from all around the world display art and sculptures. It is a 2 kilometer coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach.

Sculptures by the Sea
A sculpture at Sculptures by the Sea in 2018

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, definitely. This is one of the safest walks in Sydney. I have done this walk alone plenty of times and I have had no issues whatsoever. There are many people walking this coastal walk and hence there is not a single place where you feel lonely or scared.

However, like any other place, be cautious, especially at nights and trust your instinct.

Conclusion

I would definitely recommend doing this walk when you visit Sydney. It is truly a beautiful relaxed walk along the coast on a lazy warm weekend. The vibes on this walk are so refreshing. I strongly feel that visiting Sydney is incomplete if one does not do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

If you love this walk, then you would also enjoy the Spit Bridge to Manly Coastal walk.

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23 comments

  1. Reading your blogs is the reason I am falling in love with Australia. I have heard of its beauty but you are actually introducing me to the real beauty. and being a hiking enthusiast, I love the way you describe a place and journey. Sculptures by the Sea is my takeaway from this article and definitely planning a trip around the event, when time and situation permits to travel.

  2. I remember my walk with you and neha from Bondi to Coogee and still I loved that walk. If I visit Sydney again would love to take such walks more

  3. Thank goodness for your blog, it’s helping me to travel when I can’t right now. This looks absolutely amazing.Adding this to my overflowing bucket list

  4. I have never been to Australia, so I can not comment about the place, but your post is so much detailed and descriptive that I can easily picture the spot in front of my eyes and it is amazing.

  5. Everyone seems to be sharing all their travel tales, and amazing pictures which is making me wanderlust. My to travel list is growing longer by the day.

  6. This walk looks worth taking, I have a question is the coastline clean? I also liked your photos Raksha, it helped me in re-constructing the walk in my head.

  7. I have heard so much about this coastal walk from travellers! This walk seems to be perfect for anyone who wants to explore the coastal Sydney! The Sculptures by Sea sound so interesting. I would love to spend hours on this 2 km stretch and photograph all the artworks!

    • I’ve heard so much about Bondi, but this is the first time I’m reading about Coogee. The bit about humpback whale sighting absolutely had me! I’ve always been so fascinated by whales – they’re one of my favourite marine animals. This walk sounds like a lovely way to spend a morning – maybe I’ll get to try it out one day!

  8. Been to Sydney, to my brothers place. Had a walk, courtesy my sis in law😊 and we were lucky enough to spot a few dolphins. I would also suggest this. Bondi Coogee is a must if you can fit in a leisurely day in your itinerary

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