The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk: Map, Photos & Is It Worth It?
Looking for a relaxing coastal walk between two of Sydney’s most iconic beaches? Want to experience some great views of the coastline and take a dip in the water along the way? If the answer is yes, you will love the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. Not only will you visit two of Sydney’s best beaches, but you will also pass through several beautiful local sites. Enjoy the ocean breeze, soak up the sun, and relish the views.
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About the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk is a 4 mile (6.4 km) walk along Sydney’s eastern shores. You’ll pass some of the best beaches in Sydney as well as a collection of more local bays, beaches, and parks.
The walk is suitable for those of all ages and levels of fitness.
You’ll hike along the coast with minimal tree cover, so do bring sunscreen as you will be exposed to the elements throughout your walk.
While living in Sydney, I completed this walk three times. I’ve walked the traditional direction by starting in Coogee, and have also done the walk from Bondi to Coogee. In my opinion, the standard route of starting in Coogee and ending in Bondi is ideal. The views are best when looking out towards Bondi Beach, plus there is more to do at Bondi upon finishing the walk.
I also did this walk on a visit to Sydney in 2015, when I was just 12 years old. Some of the photos in this guide were taken during that walk.
I recommend completing the walk in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. That way, upon reaching Bondi Beach, you can spend the hotter part of the day in the water. Relaxing on the beach after finishing the walk is a nice reward. Alternatively, you can start the walk just before sunset for some fantastic photos.
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk Map
Coogee to Bondi Trail Stats
Distance: 6.4 km (4.0 miles)
Total Ascent: 190 meters (625 feet)
Total Descent: 195 meters (640 feet)
Time: 2 to 3 hours
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk elevation profile
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Step-By-Step Trail Guide
Beginning in Coogee, follow the paved path that loops around the northern side of the beach. You’ll reach an open, grassy park with benches alongside the path that overlook the beach. This is a great spot to enjoy a meal and lookout over the beautiful coastline.
Coogee Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Continue to follow this wide path and follow signs for “Eastern Beaches Coastal Walkway”. Some signs use this as the name for the Coogee to Bondi walk.
Along your walk, the trail will feature a lot of small climbing segments. You’ll frequently hike down to a nearby beach, walk across said beach, and hike back up to overlook the coast.
The view between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay
Gordon’s Bay & Clovelly Beach
About 15 minutes after departing Coogee, the path will lead you down to Gordon’s Bay, which is supposedly a great spot for snorkeling.
Gordon’s Bay | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
After Gordon’s Bay, you’ll climb up and down a large stone staircase, and a few minutes later arrive at Clovelly Beach. There is a large parking lot here, a cafe, playground, and public restrooms.
From Clovelly Beach, the trail will lead through Burrows Park, which is a collection of sports fields and outdoor gym equipment that overlooks Clovelly Beach. Continue onwards to Waverley Cemetery. Here you’ll have great coastal views in either direction.
The view looking back towards Clovelly Surf Club and Coogee Beach
On the rocky peninsula between Clovelly Beach and Waverley Cemetery
Waverley Cemetery. This is about the halfway point of the walk.
The view from Lookout Point | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
A few minutes beyond Lookout Point, you’ll arrive at Bronte Beach, which is one of the largest beaches you will see on this walk. Here you’ll find a natural saltwater swimming pool, a large park, public restrooms, and cafes that line the road nearby.
When we walked the trail in April of 2023, there were signs posted stating that the beach was closed due to dangerous currents. If you see signs like this, don’t get in the water. You can however still enjoy sunbathing in the sand, but do so further from shore.
Bronte Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Bronte Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Cut across to the northern end of Bronte Beach, where you’ll continue up a small hill and hike down to Tamarama Beach. You can think of this spot as a smaller Bronte Beach, but just as beautiful and with far fewer people. Keep in mind that there are less amenities here than at Bronte, and this beach was closed as well due to dangerous surf.
Tamarama Beach is the last beach you’ll find before reaching Bondi Beach, which is about a mile from here.
Tamarama Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
The coastal cliffs between Tamarama Beach and Bondi Beach
Looking back at Tamarama Beach
The view from Marks Park, looking back towards Bronte Beach
After Tamarama Beach, you’ll enter Marks Park and then walk past Squid Bay. At the northern end of Squid Bay is a fantastic panoramic lookout offering sweeping views of Bondi. In my opinion, the views here are the best on the entire trail. This is a great spot for a photoshoot.
Walk down to sea level along a paved stone path, and after climbing up your last short staircase, you’ll arrive at Bondi Icebergs, situated at the southern edge of Bondi Beach. This can be regarded as the end of your trail, but for some their walk isn’t completed until they step onto Bondi’s white-sand beach.
Bondi Beach and Icebergs Pool | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Bondi Icebergs | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Before and After the Walk
What to Do in Bondi
Bondi Beach hosts the Icebergs Swimming Club, which is both a scenic saltwater pool and restaurant/bar. Grab a bite here and go for a swim.
You can learn how to surf with Let’s Go Surfing, one of the top companies in Australia for surf rentals and lessons.
Don’t forget to spend your time sunbathing on Bondi’s white-sand beach, and afterwards stop at one of many fantastic restaurants that line the beach. After one of the walks I did, I had a great lunch at Bondi Trattoria.
What to Do in Coogee
Coogee Beach is much smaller than Bondi but is just as vibrant. The beach is surrounded by a quaint suburb full of enjoyable restaurants, and you’ll often find people picnicking out in the nearby grassy park. There is usually minimal surf at Coogee Beach, so it’s a great spot to relax in the water.
How to Get to Coogee and Bondi
How to Get to Coogee Beach
From Circular Quay, take bus 373 or 374 to Coogee Beach (40 minutes). Get off at ‘Arden Street near Coogee Beach.’ You can get bus timetables here. You can also use Uber to get to Coogee Beach.
How to Get to Bondi
To return to the city center of Sydney, take bus 333, 380, or 389 to Circular Quay. You can also use Uber to get to and from Bondi Beach.
How to Get Between Bondi and Coogee
If you want to return to where you started the walk, perhaps because you drove to the start, then taking a bus usually involves a transfer. See the New South Wales Transport website for route details and bus numbers. Alternatively, you can take an Uber.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the walk from Coogee to Bondi?
The walk from Coogee to Bondi is 6 km (about 4 miles) and takes 2 to 3 hours. On this walk, you pass several of Sydney’s most famous beaches, plus get to see stunning coastal scenery.
Should I walk Bondi to Coogee or Coogee to Bondi?
We have done the walk in both directions and think it is best walking from Coogee to Bondi. In this direction, the views are best when looking out towards Bondi Beach, plus there is more to do at Bondi upon finishing the walk.
Is the Coogee to Bondi walk difficult?
The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk is a 6 km (4 mile) walk that is rated as easy. There are some ups and downs on the trail, as well as a few staircases to climb, but this is a good walk for all ages and ability levels.
Is the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk worth it?
The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk is one of Sydney’s most famous coastal walks. On this walk, you get to see several of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches (on this list are Coogee, Bronte, Bondi, and Clovelly), rugged coastal cliffs, hidden bays, and saltwater pools. There are also numerous cafes along the walk, if you want to take a break and grab a bite to eat. This walk is one of the best things to do in Sydney.
Bondi Beach | Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
If you have any questions about the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, or if you want to share your experience, let us know in the comment section below.
More Information for Your Trip to Australia
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