Bondi’s famous waves, beautiful water and golden sands make it a great place for surfing and swimming – but that is not all Bondi has to offer. Bondi Beach offers a year-round beach lifestyle which attracts not only the young and vibrant and energetic but also those in need of recuperation and comfort. Throughout the year Bondi is alive with vibrancy and excitement and warmth.
Great coffee shops and restaurants abound for breakfast while basking in the sunshine.
Then go for a walk from Bondi to Coogee on the Coastal Walk. Spectacular coastal scenery awaits you, with beaches, rockpools and parks along the way. The path from Bondi to Coogee is 6 km of winding walkway and begins just near the Bondi Baths. It takes about 1-2 hours to complete while walking at a fairly leisurely pace.
Every spring, part of this beautiful coastal walk is transformed by sculptures in the famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which is the world’s largest yearly free outdoor sculpture exhibition. The coastal walk is transformed into a 2 km long art gallery which features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world.
Up a set of steep stairs near the start of the walk, in Marks Park, there are a number of Aboriginal rock carvings. This is one of the walk’s highest points and a great whale watching spot between May and November, which is the migration season. On the way south to Coogee/Tamarama you’ll pass by Mackenzie’s Point Beach. This is one of the smallest beaches in NSW and is only accessible at low tide. While a terrific place for surfing, the beach is not suitable for swimming, however it is a lovely place to relax by the water.
As the coastal trail winds towards Bronte Beach take the stairs near the rock pool to the cliff top board walk. This will give you fantastic panoramic views of Tamarama, Bronte and Bondi to the north and Malabar Headland to the south. Rest and relax at one of Bronte’s cafes, or just find a shady spot under a tree.
As you continue on from Bronte, the walk passes by the historic Waverley Cemetery perched on top of sandstone cliffs and rock platforms. If you follow the cliff path you will reach Clovelly Beach. This beach is popular for swimming and snorkelling and rests in the narrow bay between Bronte and Gordons Bay. There is a challenging steep staircase that needs to be climbed to reach Gordon’s Bay, but it is worth the climb with its clifftop views.
The scenic track continues from Clovelly and ends up at Coogee Beach. There you will find picnic areas in the park and BBQ facilities. You may enjoy a swim in either the protected beach or in Wylie’s Baths. Also there are many cafes and bars in the area for a drink before the walk back.
Plenty of buses are available which link Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly, so you can join the walk at many of the various stages.