The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (Complete Guide)

Last updated: January 8, 2021

The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of Sydney’s finest coastal trails, featuring beautiful beaches, high sandstone cliffs, and incredible views.

Tourists from all over the world and local Sydney-siders alike come to Sydney’s east every day to undertake the hike between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach, combined with a nice meal at one of the many cafes along the way.

In this guide we are going to take you through the highlights of this beautiful walk, plus details on how best to get there.

Bondi to Coogee walk
Distance:6 km (one way)
Time:2 – 3 hours (depending on stops)
Grade:Easy (some steep sections)
Dogs:On a lead

How to Get There

Getting to Bondi can be a bit challenging on warm and sunny days, because it’s such a popular Sydney destination.

1. Parking in Bondi

Bondi has two paid parking areas along Campbell Parade, parallel to the beach, but they both tend to fill up quickly on busy days and are also very expensive.

There are also various underground public car parks close to the beach, such as Wilson Parking (map) on Hall St (entry and exit on O’Brien St) and Pacific Bondi Beach (map) on Campbell Parade.

Another option is street parking further away from the beach. Some street parking around Bondi is actually free with a time limit of 2 hours. Sandridge St (map) and Fletcher St south of the beach are great options to try and find a parking spot.

2. Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach

If you don’t have a car, or simply don’t want to be driving, public transport is definitely a good option. Regular train services travel between the city and Bondi Junction, with connecting buses departing from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach.

There are also buses departing from the Sydney CBD going straight to the beach, but they may take a bit longer depending on traffic.

Check the Transport for NSW trip planner for exact details.

3. Parking in Coogee

At the other side of the walking track, Coogee has a couple of paid parking areas. Free parking is available at Trenerry Reserve (map) south of the beach, or otherwise in the suburban streets nearby.

Highlights and Map

The coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee has lots of highlights, but in this article we’re going to focus on the following 11 highlights and landmarks:

  1. Bondi Beach
  2. Bondi Icebergs
  3. Mackenzies Point
  4. Mackenzies Bay
  5. Tamarama Beach
  6. Bronte Beach
  7. Waverley Cemetery Boardwalk
  8. Clovelly Beach
  9. Gordons Bay
  10. Dolphins Point
  11. Coogee Beach

In the track notes below, we’re going to navigate the Bondi to Coogee walk along those highlights, from north to south.

Here is a map for your reference, with the highlights marked from 1 to 11, starting at Bondi Beach:

Map and route of the Bondi to Coogee walk

Bondi to Coogee Walk Track Notes

With 5 of Sydney’s most famous beaches included in the Bondi to Coogee walk, this is going to be one beautiful day out.

If you think the walk to Coogee is a bit too far, check out our guide to the Bondi to Bronte walk, which is a bit shorter but still includes lots of scenic highlights.

1. Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is Sydney’s (and Australia’s) most famous and most popular beach.

It has everything one would expect from an Australian beach. A wide and long strip of sand, great swimming and surfing conditions, lots of restaurants and cafes, picnic areas, a promenade, and a classic pavilion.

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

With a long and rich history, Bondi Beach defines Australian beach culture, and is even listed on the Australian National Heritage List.

Also worth mentioning is that the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club is recognised as the oldest surf life saving club in the world, having been around for more than a century.

From Bondi Beach, head south to Bondi Icebergs on Notts Avenue, from where you can commence the walking track to Coogee Beach.

Bondi Beach lookout platform on Notts Avenue
Bondi Beach lookout platform on Notts Avenue

Notts Avenue has recently been upgraded to improve the safety and amenity for local residents, as well as for the one million yearly users of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

As part of this upgrade, a new lookout platform has been installed, with fantastic views of Bondi Beach and the ocean. This lookout is located next to Bondi Icebergs, so make sure you check it out before starting the walk.

2. Bondi Icebergs

If you’d like to enjoy a drink and a meal in true Bondi style, you can’t go wrong at Bondi Icebergs. It’s a swimming club with a restaurant upstairs that faces the ocean.

Swimming in the Bondi Icebergs Pool is a popular pastime all year round, even during the winter months when local die-hards happily do their laps.

Bondi Icebergs Club
Bondi Icebergs Club

From Bondi Icebergs, follow the concrete walking path around Bondi Bay towards Mackenzies Point.

The views of Bondi Beach and the ocean along this stretch are pretty spectacular, so take your time to really enjoy it all.

3. Mackenzies Point

At the end of that path is a set of stairs going up to a lookout from where you can enjoy fantastic views of Bondi Beach.

This lookout is located on the easternmost tip of Mackenzies Point, a headland between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach.

Views from Mackenzies Point
Views from Mackenzies Point

Also located on this headland is Marks Park, a large grassy area where the annual Sculpture by the Sea is being held. Even without the sculptures it’s worth exploring this park, especially with the recent upgrades.

From the Mackenzies Point lookout, the walking track continues south towards Mackenzies Bay.

4. Mackenzies Bay

Situated just north of Tamarama Beach, Mackenzies Bay is a picturesque bay with a shoreline that is mostly made up of rocks.

Interestingly enough, Mackenzies Bay actually turns into Mackenzies Bay Beach every few years, when sand gets washed up creating a little beach.

Mackenzies Bay
Mackenzies Bay

From Mackenzies Bay, continue on the walking trail that goes around the bay and the little headland, ending up at Tamarama Beach.

5. Tamarama Beach

Also known as “Glamarama” by the locals, Tamarama offers good but somewhat rough surfing conditions. The beach itself is small and narrow with a couple of popular volleyball courts.

Tamarama is not the best beach for swimming because of the deep and strong rip currents. This is why Tamarama Beach is better suited for sunbathing, a game of volleyball or for simply hanging out, rather than swimming.

Tamarama Beach
Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Park, located just behind the beach, has recently been upgraded. It now has great BBQ and picnic facilities, and also a brand new cafe with a toilet and shower block.

From Tamarama Beach, follow the main track heading south to Bronte Beach.

6. Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach is a family-friendly strip of sand, complemented by a large park with excellent BBQ and picnic facilities.

Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach

If you’re feeling hungry at this point during the walk from Bondi to Coogee, the strip of cafes along the road next to Bronte Park is a great spot to grab a meal and a coffee.

Or even better, get some fish and chips and eat it in the park, with the beach right in front of you. It doesn’t get much better that that!

Bronte Park
Bronte Park

From Bronte Beach, follow the track south that leads to Waverley past Calga Reserve, which marks the start of a scenic boardwalk.

7. Waverley Cemetery Boardwalk

In 2009, a 550m long wooden boardwalk was opened to the public that swings around the very large Waverley Cemetery.

This section was the missing piece in the Bondi to Coogee walking trail, and essentially changed it into an uninterrupted walking path.

Boardwalk in front of Waverley cemetery
Boardwalk in front of Waverley cemetery

The official name for this $2.5m boardwalk is the Sesquicentenary Boardwalk, to commemorate Waverley council’s 150th anniversary.

Walking (or running) over this boardwalk is an adventure in itself, with the rough ocean water right below you. There are 5 viewing points with comfortable benches that give you the best panoramic views.

8. Clovelly Beach

The boardwalk ends right where Clovelly starts. Clovelly is a vibrant and charming beach-side suburb with a lawn bowls club, a nice family-friendly beach, and a large parking area.

Swimming here is great but it can get a bit rough the closer you get to the open ocean, especially when the wind picks up.

Aerial view of Clovelly Beach
Aerial view of Clovelly Beach

Just around the corner of the Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club is a very large car park which is also a great spot to simply relax and enjoy the ocean views.

9. Gordons Bay

Next stop is Gordons Bay, but to get there you need to first conquer Cliffbrook Parade. This very steep passage from Clovelly to Gordons Bay is not for the fainthearted, so by all means take your time.

Nestled between Clovelly and Coogee, Gordons Bay is a small and secluded oasis. The bay itself has no parking available and is only accessible via the coastal walk.

Gordons Bay as seen from Clovelly
Gordons Bay as seen from Clovelly

Gordons Bay does have a small strip of sand but it can hardly be called a beach. Racks of boats from the local fishing club cover most of it, which makes Gordons Bay feel like a quiet fisherman’s village in remote Greece.

Besides fishing, Gordons Bay is also popular with divers and snorkelers. Maintained by the Gordons Bay scuba diving club, the Gordons Bay Underwater Nature Trail is a 600m bushwalking trail, only this one is underwater.

This underwater trail consists of concrete filled drums linked by a chain. There are even steel plaques that display interesting information.

10. Dolphins Point

The main walking trail continues around Gordons Bay to Dolphins Point, a peninsula just north of Coogee Beach.

Before heading into Coogee, it’s worth checking out the Bali memorial for the victims of the 2002 Bali bombings.

Dolphins Point in Coogee
Dolphins Point in Coogee

Close to this memorial is an old portico, which used the be the entrance to the Giles Gym and Baths. This complex was demolished in 2000 due to old age, but you can still make your way down for a swim or a bit of sunbathing.

From Dolphins Point, the walking trail from Bondi Beach finally arrives in Coogee, via Dunningham Reserve.

11. Coogee Beach

At the north end of Coogee Beach is the popular Coogee Pavilion. If you’re hungry or if you’d like a cold beer, this is a great place to hang out for a little while. The rooftop, if not too busy, offers some great views too.

Otherwise, head straight into Coogee, and settle into one of the many cafes, or grab some fish and chips to enjoy at the beach or in the park.

Coogee Beach as seen from the north
Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach itself is a very popular and characteristic 400m strip of sand facing beautiful Coogee Bay.

Goldstein Reserve, the large parkland area located right behind the beach, has lots of tables, barbecues, picnic shelters and trees that provide shade. Between Coogee beach and Goldstein Reserve is a long promenade.

Coogee Beach as seen from the south
Coogee Beach

The Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, established in 1907, has its iconic club house at the southern end of the beach, and can be hired for private functions.

South of Coogee Beach

Further south of Coogee Beach are two private baths that are worth a visit.

Surrounded by coastal vegetation and grassed areas, the McIver’s Baths complex consists of a large concrete sea pool, a sunbathing area, change rooms and a small clubhouse. McIver’s is one of the last remaining women’s only sea pools in Australia.

Views of Coogee Beach from Grant Reserve
Views of Coogee Beach from Grant Reserve

A bit further south is Wylie’s Baths, a large ocean tidal pool that has been there since the start of the 20th century.

For a small entrance fee, you can stay there all day, and enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean and Wedding Cake Island. You can also have a massage here, or practise yoga and pilates.

More Coastal Hiking

One of the perks of living in Sydney is that there is no shortage of coastal hikes, with the Bondi to Coogee walk being the most popular hike.

Some of these coastal and Harbour walks are connected, and together they form the 80km long hike between Bondi and Manly, an incredible coastal adventure.

If you’d like to add another section to the Bondi to Coogee walk, consider starting in Watsons Bay and do the Federation Cliff walking track to Bondi.

Otherwise, in Coogee, you can continue the coastal trail heading south to Maroubra Beach, from where you can continue on to the Malabar Headland.

 

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

 
 
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