After climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and a quick lunch, we headed out for the next item on our agenda: the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
After all, a 3.7 mile walk after a bridge climb makes total sense, right? Actually, it was a wonderful day and I am so glad we did both activities. I enjoyed both of them immensely, mostly because I was with great company.
I Googled the walk before we went and the website I checked said the walk should take about two hours to complete. It took us longer than that because we stopped to admire the views often and frankly, also because I am just slow. It became very clear after about the 10th of many uphill climbs that I have to get back into the gym. Thanks to Claire and a Megan for being patient with me.
Rebels Just for Kicks
Because we are rebels, we did the walk the opposite way from how most people complete it. We started at Coogee Beach. Coogee Beach is located in Coogee, a beachside suburb about five miles southeast of the central business district in Sydney. We ended the walk in Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach is the name of the beach and the surrounding suburb in Sydney,
But First, Sun Protection
One of the things I was most worried about for this trip was the sun and whether I would be able to adequately protect my skin on days like this where I was outside all day. Basically, days like the day we did the coastal walk.
Luckily, I succeeded. I managed not to get sunburned in Australia, thanks in large part to lots of sunscreen, a striped rash guard that you will see in many photos later, and the hat below.
The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk Views
What will you see along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk?
You will see the Pacific Ocean and lots of amazing views. You will pass a cemetery and five swimming pools: Coogee Beach (where there is also a women’s sea pool), Clovelly Beach, Bronte Beach (there’s a rock pond here), Tamarama Beach and Bondi Beach. Swimming and snorkeling are possible at Gordon’s Bay.
Our first beautiful view happened just outside of Coogee at the spot pictured below. The view is amazing but what I remember most about this stop was a girl sitting on the very edge of the cliff, beyond the recommended stopping point. It was an area that did not look safe because it wasn’t completely solid underneath. She was sitting on a piece of rock that jutted out over the cliff, trying to get the perfect Instagram photo.
I couldn’t make myself stand there and watch. I was terrified that the rock piece was going to break off and fall into the ocean with her.
Spoiler: she survived the photo session.
The Pacific Ocean as far as my eyes could see. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I love the sound of waves crashing into shore. Wouldn’t you agree?
Waverley Cemetery between Coogee and Bondi
About halfway into the walk, we came upon the Waverley Cemetery. This cemetery opened in 1877 and is located on top of the cliffs at Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. It is known for its largely intact Victorian and Edwardian monuments. Waverley Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries I have seen. It spans 41 acres. It went on and on and on.
Given that it’s along the coast, its residents have some of the best ocean views in the world. Too bad they don’t get to enjoy it.
Due to construction of the waterfront path, we had to walk through the cemetery to continue on our way to Bondi (it was the official detour route)e). It may sound strange but I enjoy looking through cemeteries, during the day at least. There is so much history in them. This one was no exception.
The cloud below passed through the arch just as we walked by. Perfect timing.
Below are some really cool rock formations we saw along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
Megan and me. I am so glad we were visiting Australia at the same time and were able to meet up and explore Sydney together.
Finally, Bondi Beach was within view! There were several pools like the one below along the coast as we walked. They are public pools, which I thought was very neat. This pool is featured in photos of Bondi Beach a lot.
After spending some time admiring Bondi Beach and the views, we set out for dinner. We went to Doyle’s on the Beach in Watson’s Bay. It’s a seafood restaurant and it was delicious! Watson’s Bay is across the bay from Sydney which allowed us to witness the amazing sunset over Sydney after dinner.
We took the ferry back from Watson’s Bay to Sydney and had to get one more selfie in front of the opera house along the way.
We finished the evening with a bottle of wine and more conversation on the rooftop of our hotel. It was a wonderful day!
My time in Sydney and in Canberra were my favorite parts of my Australian adventure. Chatting, laughing and exploring with Megan and Claire (and her mom later on as well as Gemma and Angela my first night in town) was much needed and made me so happy. It was good for my soul and one of the many reasons why I love to travel.