• Alison Fenton

Bondi to Coogee walk

Updated: May 25

As public transport users, it was a long journey to Bondi. Two buses and two trains later, we stepped onto the pavement at the beach. Bondi was buzzing, jammed full of tourists. It seemed that every visitor to Sydney was laying on the sand or being bowled over by the waves. If I was a local, I'd find another beach!

We spent some time in the water. Swimmers were crowded in between the flags. The waves were powerful and body-surfers were getting dumped beneath the churning waters. Both of our kids got submerged as they were swept into shore and I was amazed that nobody cannoned into us.


A film crew was taking footage for another reality television episode of Bondi Rescue. I'm not surprised the lifeguards see so much action here. Bondi was definitely the busiest of the beaches we passed on the way to Coogee.

We tired of the surf, changed back into dry clothes and started the 6km Bondi to Coogee walk. We hadn't hiked these shores before, and despite the eastern suburban backdrop, it was classic Sydney and very enjoyable.


The views were stunning and the pathway broken up with beaches and rock pools, cliffs, bays and parks. The walk would be manageable for most people but it has some stairs and was steep in places.

Once we finished the walk we stopped at the Coogee Pavilion and enjoyed some nice potatoes and exorbitantly priced drinks. In 2018 Sydney was ranked 10th most expensive city in the world and it's not hard to see why.


Cost: free but watch out for the pricey drinks