The Coogee to Bondi walk is one of the most famous walks in Sydney. And rightly so!
The route hugs the coast and passes 5 stunning beaches, each with their own unique charm and gorgeous natural rock pools.
But owning the title of the best coastal walk in Sydney means one thing – Everyone’s doing it!
Come the weekend, everyone (and their dog) venture outdoors to do the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk.
I was eager to see what all the fuss was about, so I prepped a few sandwiches, hopped on the ferry to Circular Quay, and headed to the eastern beaches to walk from Coogee to Bondi Beach.
Now that I’ve been there, and done that, I created this guide with everything you need to know about the Bondi coastal walk, including whether the reverse option (Bondi to Coogee Beach) is better.
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What is the Coogee to Bondi walk
Bondi Beach is arguably the most iconic beach in Sydney.
Located on the eastern shores of the city, it’s world-famous and has been the set of many reality shows.
This, coupled with the thousands of influencers snapping gorgeous photos with the picturesque Bondi pools in the background, has led to Bondi Beach being one of the top tourist attractions in Sydney.
You can’t visit the city and not check out Bondi!
But there’s more to the eastern beaches than just Bondi Beach.
And the best way to experience them all is to explore the scenic coastline by doing the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. You’ll wander the sandy shores of Coogee Beach, Gordons Bay, Clovelly Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach before calling it a day at Bondi.
Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk: The details
- Coogee to Bondi walk distance: 6km
- Walking time: 1.5 hours nonstop | 2.5 -3.5 hours with breaks
- Difficulty: Easy
- Track conditions: The entire trail from Coogee to Bondi is paved and in great condition. This makes it extremely attractive for those looking for a nice afternoon stroll, and it’s not difficult.
Bondi to Coogee or Coogee to Bondi
There are two ways to do the Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk.
- Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach
- Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach (recommended)
So, which is better? Walking from Coogee Beach to Bondi? Or the Bondi to Coogee walk?
Coogee to Bondi is better
I recommend you start at Coogee Beach, especially if you haven’t been to Bondi yet.
One of the highlights of walking from Coogee to Bondi is the moment you reach Icebergs Restaurant, which marks the end of the trail. Here you’ll have sprawling views of Bondi Beach in the distance.
Another reason for starting in Coogee is because the first few beaches from that side are spectacular, and it’s a great introduction to the Bondi coastal walk.
Also, you’ll have worked up an appetite after your walk, and there are a lot more places to eat and drink in Bondi Beach.
But starting at Bondi also has its pros
On the other hand, if you’re looking to hang out at a beach after your walk, then I’d suggest walking from Bondi to Coogee.
Whilst Coogee Beach isn’t as big as Bondi Beach, the vibe is more relaxed, and it’s a great spot to spend the day.
Bondi, on the other hand, is busy and more chaotic.
Coogee to Bondi walk starting point
If you’re wondering “Where to start Coogee to Bondi Walk”, head straight to this point at Coogee Beach.
Use public transport to get here and avoid driving your own vehicle. Parking is a nightmare and ridiculously expensive, plus you’ll have to return via bus or taxi anyway to fetch your car when you’re done.
It’s just so much more convenient to get on the bus!
How to get to Coogee to Bondi Starting point
- Coogee to Bondi Walk: The walk starts at Coogee Beach. If you’re coming from Circular Quay or the CBD, take bus 373 to Coogee Beach. This is a 40-minute ride. From there, head to the left side of the beach, towards the Coogee Pavilion.
- Bondi to Coogee Walk: If you’re doing the walk in reverse, from Bondi to Coogee, take bus 333 from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach, which is a 40-minute ride. You could also take the train from Circular Quay to Bondi Junction and then hop on the bus to Bondi Beach, but the time is more or less the same, and staying on the bus is far more effortless!
The route is clearly marked, and you won’t struggle to find the path – just follow the scores of people ahead of you.
Bondi to Coogee walk map
Coogee to Bondi Beach walk: The route and highlights
If you’re fresh off the plane, you’ll soon learn about the beach culture of Australia. It’s all about beach volleyball, surfing, and tanning.
Coogee to Gordons Bay
When I arrived at Coogee Beach, I was pleasantly surprised.
Coogee Beach: Beach # 1
Coogee Beach was my first taste of the eastern beaches, and I loved it (except the crowds, but I had to suck it up).
Once you get to Coogee Beach, head in a northerly direction, and you’ll soon find the start of the Coogee to Bondi walk near the Coogee Pavilion.
Walk through Dunningham Park but don’t forget to look back as you’ll have sweeping views of Coogee Beach in the distance.
Soon after leaving Coogee, you’ll head down the cliffside to Gordons Bay. The sparkling clear waters will catch your eyes immediately!
Gordons Bay is a small cove, popular with snorkelers and stand-up paddleboarders. The shallow, rocky waters and offshore reefs make for the perfect place to explore the underwater world.
It’s also a prime spot to hang out. But the beach is pretty small, so most people find a place to sit on the rocks on either side of the bay.
Gordons Bay to Clovelly Beach
From Gordons Bay, there’s a short uphill climb. Once you reach the top, you’ll have unspoiled views of Gordons Bay to the right.
You’ll continue walking along the path before you catch your first sight on Clovelly Beach: The best beach along the Bondi Coastal walk for families!
As you initially turn into Clovelly Beach, you won’t actually see the beach.
Instead, you’ll see hundreds of people tanning on the concrete floor next to a long natural swimming pool.
But, walking further around the point and going inland, you’ll eventually see what all the fuss is about!
Clovelly Beach: Beach #2
Clovelly Beach is a narrow beach sitting at the end of a long bay. It provides perfect conditions for kids as there are no waves or strong currents.
There are small rock pools and kids everywhere!
Just like Gordons Bay, Clovelly Beach is also a great place to go snorkeling.
The beach is pretty long, so you’ll find a spot in the sand, although it seemed that most people preferred the concrete!
Clovelly Beach to Shark Point
The next beach on the Coogee to Bondi walk is Bronte Beach.
But first, you have to check out Shark Point, which is on the way.
Leaving Clovelly Beach, the path veers inland. Instead of following it, take a detour and head toward the coast through the open grass area on your right.
This route is more remote and quieter and offers some pretty epic views of the crashing waves as they hit the cliffs.
If you’ve prepared a few snacks, Shark Point is a good place to have a lunch break. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales, as it provides a great vantage point for sightings.
After your break, continue on the rugged path where you’ll pass Clovelly Bowling Club and Burrows Park Sportsfield.
Soon you’ll connect with the standard trail from Coogee to Bondi Beach.
Top tip: If you’re walking from Bondi to Coogee, keep an eye out for this sports field and head left as you see it. This alternative route isn’t as visible from the other side, so you’ll most likely miss it if you don’t know that it’s an option.
Shark Point to Waverley Cemetery
Not only does the Coogee to Bondi walk take you past several stunning beaches. But you’ll also set your sights on one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world!
Along the coast, with oceanfront views of the Tasman Sea, lies Waverley Cemetery.
You’ll walk along the boardwalk with the cemetery to your left (if you’re going from Coogee to Bondi) and the ocean to your right.
The size of the cemetery, and its prime real estate, certainly make it one of those awe-inspiring moments.
Waverley Cemetery to Bronte Beach
After walking to the end of Waverley Cemetery, you’ll climb up a flight of stairs and cross rocky terrain before setting your sites on Bronte Beach.
Bronte Beach: Beach # 3
Bronte is the little sister to Bondi Beach and has something for everyone.
The model train and shallow rock pools appeal to kids whilst adults will be drawn to the beach activities and fun shore break.
The Bronte Baths are Instagram famous and are equally as gorgeous in real life. The park behind Bronte Beach is a hive of activity, with musicians performing and people picnicking. It’s a great spot to end your weekend.
Top tip: If you’re short on time, you can also walk the section from Bronte to Bondi only. This is a 2.5 km coastal walk. Personally, I preferred Coogee to Bronte because of the contrasting coves and unique beaches. The section of the Bronte to Bondi walk is also busier.
Bronte Beach to Tamarama Beach
By now, you’ll be about 2 hours into your Coogee to Bondi walk and itching to see Bondi Beach.
But first, you’ll need to pass Tamarama Beach, which is just a few minutes from Bronte Beach.
Tamarama Beach: Beach #4
Tamarama Beach is smaller than Bronte and not as congested.
Unlike Clovelly Beach, which attracts families with kids, Tamarama Beach draws an older crowd of surfers and bodyboarders.
At the end of the beach, there’s a park and kids’ playground, and it’s another awesome place to hang out at the end of a busy day.
Tamarama Beach to Bondi
Leaving Tamarama Beach, I didn’t realize I’d be so excited to see Bondi Beach. But walking around the corner to Mackenzies Point, the excitement was real!
Don’t be in such a hurry to get to Bondi.
Take time to appreciate the views and be on the lookout for whales, as Mackenzies Point is the best place to spot them.
From there you’ll walk under a few overhanging cliffs before reaching the iconic Bondi pools, which mark the end of your Coogee to Bondi walk.
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Bondi Beach: Beach #5
As you head down toward Bondi Beach you’ll feel the change of energy.
In comparison to all the other beaches on the Coogee to Bondi Walk, Bondi Beach is massive. You can easily spot its sandy shores from a mile away.
If you’re planning on hitting the beach, then continue further along the coast and find a spot.
Or if you’d prefer to reward yourself with a beer, head to one of the many restaurants and pubs along the beachfront.
Where to stay in Sydney
If this is your first time visiting Sydney, you should stay near the harbor. This is the most central area, and is easy to get to the starting point of the Coogee to Bondi Beach walk.
Luxury: The Four Seasons Sydney has the most impressive views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s in the heart of Sydney and is the best place to stay in the city (if you have the budget for it). Check availability here.
Mid-range: The Little National Hotel is a boutique hotel that boasts a gorgeous rooftop bar, a swimming pool, and more. The location couldn’t be better, and it’s just a short walk from Wynyard Train Station. Check availability here.
Budget: The Sydney Harbour YHA is the best place to stay on a budget. Here you’ll find a range of rooms, from large dorms to private doubles with ensuites. The YHA also has an epic rooftop area that features some of the best views of the Sydney Harbour. Check prices and availability here.
Other experiences along the Bondi Coastal Walk
If you’re an adrenaline junkie or you’re simply looking to learn more about the history of the locations along the Coogee to Bondi walk, these tours are excellent options for you.
Coogee to Bondi walk tips
Here are a few things to know before setting off for your walk to bondi.
Avoid weekends if possible
I did the Coogee to Bondi walk on a Sunday, and the route was packed. And this was in winter – I can’t imagine how busy it is during summer.
Keep an eye out for whales
May to October is the migration season, where whale sightings are common.
Dolphins are seen all year round, so be on the lookout for those as well.
Bring a packed lunch
Prepare a few sandwiches, and enjoy your lunch on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Bring a reusable water bottle
There are refilling stations throughout the Coogee to Bondi walk.
There are toilet facilities
And they’re clean! You can find them at every beach along the route.
Wear a hat and sunscreen
There is no shade, and the Australian sun can be harsh.
The Coogee to Bondi walk is not wheelchair friendly
There are lots of stairs which make even traveling with a pram difficult. However, there are section of the walk that are more accessible than others.
Got a dog?
You can bring your furry friends along with you but keep them on a lease!
Get to know the Bondi area before visiting
Did you know that “Bondi” is an aboriginal word and was named by the Indigenous People? Discover all the interesting Bondi Beach facts here.
Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk FAQs
How long is the walk from Coogee to Bondi?
It takes 2 to 3 hours to complete the 6 km Coogee to Bondi walk.
Is Bondi to Coogee walk difficult?
No, the Coogee Beach to Bondi walk is not difficult. It’s a well-marked trail that hugs the coastline and is relatively flat.
Is it better to walk Coogee to Bondi or Bondi to Coogee?
I recommend walking from Coogee to Bondi so that you end your walk at the famous Bondi Beach (which is the highlight).
How many beaches are on the Bondi to Coogee Walk?
You’ll pass 5 beaches along the way, including Coogee Beach, Clovelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, and Bondi Beach.
Thoughts on the Bondi coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi
Sydney is absolutely gorgeous, and I never imagined the coastline to be as rugged and diverse as it is.
And that’s why you have to do the Coogee to Bondi walk as it will give you the chance to see that there’s more to Sydney than the Opera House and Bondi Beach (although both are amazing!)
I suggest doing the Palm Beach Lighthouse walk as well if you have the time. It’s located in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and you can find out more about it here.
Have you done the Coogee to Bondi walk? Or did you do the standard route: Bondi to Coogee? Which is better, and do you think it deserves the title of best coastal walk in Sydney? Let me know in the comments section below!
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