Marked by high cliffs and deep bays, the Bondi to Coogee Walk in Sydney, Australia is one of the most iconic coastal trails in the region. The natural landscapes found along the Sydney coast trek are captivating. Trail walkers are treated to stunning sea views that stretch to the horizon. Following the jagged coastline, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk passes rocky lookout points and small sandy coves. For both tourists and Sydneysiders, the Bondi walk is a must-do activity.
Bondi Beach to Coogee Walk
As Sydney visitors, we have completed the Bondi coastal walk several times. We rank the trail as one of the best walks in the world – and it’s not just for the incredible seascapes. The Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk is a fairly easy walk and can be shortened if desired. Ample public transportation in Sydney makes it easy to access the trail at multiple points. In fact, our favorite route is completing the trek in reverse: the Coogee to Bondi walk (which we detail at the end of the post!).
Bondi Beach Coastal Walk: What You Need To Know
Before you walk Bondi to Coogee, you might have a few questions, like: How long is the Bondi to Coogee Walk? Where is the best viewpoint? Is there a Bondi to Coogee coastal walk map? No worries! We cover all of that and more in this post. First, let’s talk details.
Bondi to Coogee Walk Distance
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk distance is 6 km (or 3.5 miles) – one way. Therefore, the roundtrip Bondi to Coogee to Bondi walk distance is 12 km (or 7 miles). As we already mentioned, it is not necessary to complete the entire walk – and we detail each section below to help you plan your walk!
Bondi to Coogee Walk Time
How long the Bondi to Coogee walk will take depends on how fast you walk and how often you stop. At a relaxed pace with multiple photo stops, most trekkers will complete the one-way walk in about 2 hours.
Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Difficulty Level
Walking coastal Sydney between Bondi and Coogee is fairly easy; most walkers will not find it difficult at all. There are alternating inclines and declines from the bays to the points. Walkers should be aware that there are many stairs. Therefore, the walk is not suitable for strollers (prams) or those who have difficulty with steps. The path frequently changes from paved to dirt or rock; small portions of the walk are along the road. Walkers needing to rest will find several benches along the route from Bondi Beach to Coogee.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk Safety
For the most part, the path between Bondi and Coogee is smooth and wide. Along some portions near the high cliffs there are railings and signage, which suggest walkers should not cross onto the rocks below (and we advise you heed those warnings). However, there are parts of the trail that allow people to walk right up to the edge. Practice caution at these points when taking pictures (especially selfies!) and use common sense.
How to Get to the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk
The best way to access the Bondi cliff walk is via public transportation. Most trekkers start the walk in Bondi or Coogee and either walk roundtrip or just one way. Whether you are walking from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach or vice versa, there is a wide network of buses in Sydney that can get you to and from the walk.
How To Get To Bondi
There are multiple buses to connect Sydney to Bondi Beach, however, many intercity destinations will require a transfer at Bondi Junction. We highly recommend making the transfer, as the Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach walk is 3 km and will take about 40 minutes and not very scenic.
How To Get To Coogee Beach
Getting a bus to Coogee Beach is almost as easy as Bondi, but there are fewer routes that service the area.
Bus from Bondi to Coogee
If staying in Bondi, you can take the Bondi to Coogee bus (via Bondi Junction) and make the one-way walk back to Bondi. The Bondi Junction to Coogee bus routes are: 313, 314 and 353.
With a Car
If you are driving, but only want to complete the walk one way, you could park your car at Bondi Junction. From Bondi Junction, take a bus to Bondi, walk to Coogee, then take a bus from Coogee to Bondi Junction. However, doing so will incur fees for parking and for transportation.
Bondi to Coogee Walk Map
Sections of the Coastal Walk Bondi to Coogee
We have broken down the Bondi – Coogee coastal walk into the following sections: Bondi, Tamarama Beach, Bronte, Waverley Cemetery, Shark Point, Clovelley Beach, Gordons Bay, Dolphins Point and Coogee. Find details for the the Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk at the end of the post.
Bondi is a hip seaside town and a must-visit for many Sydney tourists. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers all flock to Bondi Beach, where there is a wide, powdery sand shoreline. There are numerous eateries, bars and hotels along the main road that fronts the beach.
Bondi to Tamarama Walk
The Bondi to Coogee Walk begins on the west end of the beach at the famous Icebergs ocean pool. From the pool, a coastal path leads south past interesting rock formations that have been sculpted by the sea and wind. The trail winds around the coast and climbs a set of stairs to Mackenzies Point. From the large circular platform, there is a fabulous view north to Bondi and the coastline to the south.
The walk from Bondi to Mackenzies Point is about 650 meters, which is about a 10-minute walk. It is the busiest section of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk – and for many visitors short on time, it is the only section of the walk they complete before returning to Bondi Beach.
The path continues southwest past rocks bearing grooved patterns and into a shallow cove. Following the coastline around the rocky point, Tamarama Rocks, the path descends a set of stairs and curves past the Tamarama SLSC (Surf Life Saving Club) to Tamarama Beach.
Look at a Bondi, Australia Map in Google Maps.
Nestled into Mackenzies Bay, Tamarama Beach is a deep sandy beach that feels secluded along the expansive shoreline. The beach extends into a small grassy park, where there are covered picnic areas and facilities. Good for surfing, beach volleyball or lounging around, Tamarama Beach also has a small café with a nice viewpoint.
Tamarama Beach to Bronte Walk
Continuing south on the coastal path, it’s just a short stroll around the point to Bronte Beach.
The long, crescent beach is the biggest beach on the walk from Bondi to Coogee. It’s a great place to stop for a swim, but swimmers need to be mindful of rip currents. The Bronte Baths ocean pool on the south end of the beach is a nice spot for a relaxing dip in the sea water (and they are free!). The large park beyond the beach has numerous grills, tables and green space. There are several Bronte Beach cafes along the south end of the park, as well.
Bronte to Waverley Cemetery Walk
From the south end of Bronte Beach, the trail continues up a staircase. There is a short detour to a point overlooking the pool and ocean, but an unnecessary stop for coastal trekkers completing the walk. At the top of the stairs, the trail follows the road for a short distance. Walkers can choose to stay on the road past a rock wall or turn onto one of the dirt trails that navigates onto the top of the rocks for better views. Where the road curves west, the path continues south along the coastline through Calga Park. Stairs lead down onto a boardwalk situated between the sea and the Waverley Coogee Cemetery.
Waverley Coogee Cemetery
The Waverley Cemetery overlooks the ocean from the top of the cliff – and the viewpoint location makes is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Opened in 1877, the cemetery is now heritage-listed. In addition to the numerous Victorian and Edwardian era monuments, many famous Australians have been buried at the cemetery. Walkers interested in the historic site can detour into the cemetery to take a walk through the gravesites and take in the views.
Waverley Cemetery to Shark Point Walk
At the end of the boardwalk on the south side of the cemetery, the trail again joins the road for a short jaunt past the Clovelly Bowling Club. The elevated street offers a nice view of the old men bowling on the green. At the south end of the Clovelly Bowling Club is a dirt pedestrian-only path that leads back out to the coastline and to Shark Point.
With a terrain of smooth, flat rocks, the steep cliff at Shark Point is our favorite viewpoint on the entire Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Shark Point juts into the sea and from the point, it is possible to see both Bondi Beach to the north and Coogee Beach to the south. Note: There are no barriers on this section of the walk.
Shark Point to Clovelly Beach Walk
From Shark Point, walk east through Burrows Park onto the paved path. Take a detour and go down the stairs to the rocks for exploration or follow the sidewalk toward Clovelly Beach. The path quickly comes to a fork where walkers can either descend to the beach or ascend a steep staircase that wraps around the end of the bay and provides spectacular views of the beach.
The long, narrow Clovelly Bay ends at a sandy beach, Clovelly Beach, which is surrounded by a small forest of trees. The shallow bay is filled with calm, turquoise water. On the north side of the beach there is a shaded picnic area and a small playground. On the south side, there is an ocean pool, a café and the Clovelly SLSC.
Clovelly Beach to Gordons Bay Walk
From the Clovelly SLSC the Bondi to Coogee walk continues along the shoreline around the point, passing a parking lot. Once around the end of the point, hop back on the inclined pedestrian path, Cliffbrook Parade, that leads past houses into Gordons Bay.
The rock-lined shallow Gordons Bay is our favorite inlet along the trek from Bondi to Coogee. The cove of pale, teal water has a tiny sandy beach where row boats are docked. There are no amenities, which makes Gordons Bay feel like a natural retreat. Footpaths break off from the main trail and lead to the water for further exploration, if desired.
Gordons Bay to Dolphins Point Walk
Just past the boats, the path is enveloped in forest, but only for a short stretch where it abruptly ends in a neighborhood. Walk a short distance on Major Street past the houses to Dunningham Reserve. A wide, paved path winds through the reserve directly to Dolphins Point. However, we recommend following a less-taken path. Just beyond the last house, before the park, there is a dirt path that leads out to a rocky point. With few visitors, the natural landscapes offer a secluded spot on the trek. The path winds around the end of the outcrop and re-joins the path to Dolphins Point.
Dolphins Point is a grassy, clifftop knoll overlooking the ocean and the Giles Baths below. On the point, the Bali Memorial sculpture commemorates the 2002 Bali bombings that killed many, including six men who played for the Coogee Dolphins rugby team.
Dolphins Point to Coogee Walk
From the Bali Memorial on the main path, walk across the grass to the Dolphins Point lookout. In the winter months, keep an eye on the horizon for migrating whales that like to play in the area. Take the stairs down to the rocks below for a different vantage point. Then, go back to the trail and continue to the final stop, Coogee Beach.
Coogee is a historic suburb of Sydney that was first settled by Europeans in the year 1838 and many notable buildings remain in the town. While Coogee Beach is not nearly as big as Bondi Beach, it is a popular spot for families, swimmers and surfers. Spending time on the beach is one of the best things to do in Coogee. Just off-shore is a small island, named Wedding Cake Island. The main street in Coogee, Coogee Bay Road, runs perpendicular to the beach and is home to a plethora of shops, restaurants and pubs.
Look at a Coogee Map in Google Maps.
Coastal Walk Variations
Not everyone has the time (or will) to walk from Bondi to Coogee. For some people, the coastal walk between the two cities isn’t long enough. There are several variations to the Sydney coastal walk for trekkers looking for a shorter or longer walk.
Bondi to Bronte Walk
Although not truly the halfway point, Bronte Beach is a good mid-point stop on the walk from Bondi to Coogee. Trekkers who don’t want to complete the entire route, often use Bronte as the destination point and then turn back around to their starting point. There are bus routes from Bronte to Bondi Junction (379, 360, 361). Find a Bondi to Bronte Walk Map in Google Maps.
How long is the Bondi to Bronte Walk? The Bondi to Bronte walk distance is about 2.5 km (about 1.5 miles).
Coogee to Bronte Walk
Walkers avoiding the congestion of the Bronte to Bondi walk can choose to complete the one-way or roundtrip Coogee to Bronte Coastal Walk. In our opinion, this portion of the trek includes some of the best vantage points along the coast and the most picturesque bays. Find a Coogee to Bronte Walk Map in Google Maps.
How Long is the Bronte to Coogee Walk? The Bronte to Coogee Coastal Walk distance is about 3.5 km (a little over 2 miles).
Coogee to Maroubra Walk
The Coogee to Maroubra Coastal Walk is an extension of the Bondi to Coogee walk. However, the Coogee beach walk can also be completed on its own. There are bus routes to Maroubra from central Sydney and Bondi Junction for walkers who want to complete the Maroubra to Coogee walk (or to Bondi walk) on a one-way trek.
How Long is the Coogee to Maroubra Walk? The Coogee walk to Maroubra distance is approximately 5 km. Find a Maroubra to Coogee Beach map in Google Maps.
How Long is the Bondi to Maroubra Walk? The complete Bondi to Maroubra Coastal Walk is about 10 km one way. Find a Maroubra to Bondi Beach map in Google Maps.
Coogee To Bondi Walk
As mentioned previously, our preferred route is the one-way Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. Although we have made the roundtrip walk from Bondi, we think it is a bit long and time-consuming unless you’re staying at either end of the walk. The one-way Coogee to Bondi coastal walk distance – 6 km – is the perfect length for a nice, casual walk. Furthermore, we prefer the Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk because we would rather end our trek in Bondi, where there are more things to do (like have a beer with a view at one of the bars in Bondi Beach).
Coastal Walk: Coogee to Bondi
We usually like to walk in the afternoons, except in the summertime when it’s better to walk early in the morning to beat the heat. From the city, we take a bus to Coogee, which terminates right at the beach. However, instead of immediately hopping on the trail for the Coogee coastal walk, we walk up the main street, Coogee Bay Road, and grab lunch to go. Our favorite spot is Erciyes Turkish Pizza for kebabs, but there are many food options on the street.
Coogee to Clovelly Beach Walk
We start the walk from Coogee Beach to Dolphins Point, where we find a place to eat our lunch and scan the horizon for whales. From Dolphins Point, we take the first dirt path out to the natural rocky outcrop for more views and exploration. Emerging from the rugged clifftop onto Major Street, we make the short walk on the street and then descend into Gordons Bay. If we are not on a schedule, we like to spend some time by the water on the rocks before continuing on the trail to Clovelly Beach.
Clovelly Beach to Waverley Cemetery Walk
At Clovelly Beach, we usually stay on the elevated path to Burrows Park. We walk straight through the grassy park to Shark Point, where we like to lounge on the rocks if we have time. The views are mesmerizing and the terrain is ideal for sitting back and taking it all in. We walk north along the rocky ledge to the Clovelly Bowling Club (where an old trail is now blocked) and follow the path inland and then north to Waverley Cemetery.
Waverley Cemetery to Bronte Walk
Our preferred route is on the cliffside boardwalk, with a detour into the cemetery at the mid-way point. Once past the cemetery, we stick to the road to Bronte Beach. Being a long stretch of beach, it’s nice to take off our shoes and walk this portion of the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk in the sand. There are also good bathroom facilities in the center of the beach, next to the Bronte SLSC.
Bronte to Tamarama Walk
Continuing the walk to Bondi, we follow the path to Tamarama Beach, but bypass both the beach and the park and stay on the trail. The walk from Tamarama Rocks to Mackenzies Point never ceases to amaze us with the unique geological features and stunning coastline. From Mackenzies Point, we join the crowds and complete the final section of the Coogee to Bondi walk.
Tamarama Beach to Bondi Walk
In Bondi, we usually linger by Icebergs, watching surfers and swimmers before walking down to the beach. On our Bondi Beach stroll, we pass by the Bondi Skate Park and then peruse the current street art along the beachfront parking lot. If it’s the weekend, we check out any events in Bondi or visit one of the weekend Bondi markets. Regardless of what day it is, we always finish our walk with a celebratory pint of beer at one of the bars in Bondi before heading back to the city.
Bondi to Coogee Walk Closure
In 2016, a portion of the Bondi to Coogee walk was closed for maintenance due to storm damage. The section that was closed was the boardwalk at the Waverley Cemetery. At the time, the trail was re-routed through the cemetery, which was actually quite fascinating to walk through. It’s scheduled to reopen in late 2018.
More Coastal Walks NSW
Although the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is by far the most popular, there are other Sydney coastal walks. Two other walks that we like are Spit to Manly Walk and Watsons Bay Walk. Use this link for more information and a Sydney walks map.
Essentials for the Bondi to Coogee Walk
- Don’t forget the basics! You will need comfortable walking shoes, a refillable water bottle, high SPF sunscreen and/or a wide-brimmed hat.
- If you are anything like us, you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your walk! For high-quality photos, bring an actual camera (rather than just your mobile phone). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- If you are visiting Sydney, it’s a good idea to have a guidebook for your trip.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
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