After arriving back into Sydney from the Blue Mountains, I had one last day here before heading to Melbourne for a few nights. After spending time showing my friend around the CBD, Circular Quay and Manly we thought it would be a great idea to head to Bondi and do the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. I have done the shorter Bondi to Bronte walk here, roughly 2.5km, whilst the ‘Sculptures by the Sea‘ attraction was taking place in October/ November of last year. This was a fantastic time to do the coastal walk and if you are interested in seeing my post about Sculptures by the Sea you can do so by clicking right there! <<<<<<
Now two things… This Bondi to Coogee walk is double the length at 5km, or 3.5 miles if you prefer. I prefer, as miles is what I am used to and makes it seem shorter. Unless I am going on a run of course, in which I switch it to km as it sounds like I have done more. I like to mix it up every now and then.
The other thing is that this trip had such nice weather compared to my previous trip you can see linked above. This made for some excellent photo opportunities and really made the walk a beautiful one. I would recommend it regardless of the weather however and below I have uploaded my favourite shots of the trip.
What I noticed this time round is that Bondi Beach was FULL of dead jellyfish washed up on the sands. I hardly go for a dip in the ocean here in Australia and sometimes nature gives me a reminder why. I am definitely not a fan of open water anywhere, let alone a country with so many deadly animals. Fair play to those of all ages that enjoy the waves.
So as you can see, Bondi is the beach I decided to start at. A fairly short bus ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay and being such a world renowned beach, this is a great place to start or finish. Early on into the walk you can tell it is one that is hugely popular, this guy making the most of the high footfall. Searching the name below on Instagram, it seems he has gained 101 followers however not following anyone, nor any posts to view as of the date this is published. Will the channel turn into something great? I guess we shall see.
This is Bondi Icebergs Club. Opened in 1929, it describes itself as an international landmark and it is understandable why. The pool is open all year round and on a sunny day the water is incredibly inviting. I love how the pool water mixes with the ocean with every crashing wave that spills over, making this seem more like a swim in open water. Maybe this is what I need to get over my fear of the unforgiving ocean.
I recall this section of the walk very well, as around every corner there was a different sculpture by a different artist. The rocks below were bleeding blue last time around, you can see the walkway half way down the image on the left just above the crashing waves in the foreground, winding around the coast line.
This was a picture back then as I was walking that very section of footpath. Rewinding back to November 2017…
But back to 2018, and a much brighter day. This is roughly as far as I got last time before getting a bus back up to Bondi, however we decided to do the whole thing. I am pleased I did.
At one point the guy below got down on one knee, I thought he was about to propose but I think he was just tying his shoelace. Camera was ready just in case. Lovely view though, don’t you think?
Now what I wasn’t expecting to see during the walk was this huge graveyard. It didn’t lower the tone of the walk at all, I just wasn’t expecting this to appear around the corner. This is Waverley Cemetery, opened in 1877 and is heritage listed. Not many cemeteries can boast this, but apparently it is regarded as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
And as we arrived at Coogee Beach, the sun started to set. This was certainly not an afternoon wasted, and I would highly recommend this walk to anyone. The beauty of it is that it is a walk along the coast line, meaning regardless of your walking ability, there is no time restrictions as to how fats or slow you want to do it. It is walked, jogged, done partially and sections are doable via wheelchair. And no matter what section of the path you are on, the views will convince you that this visiting was absolutely the right choice.
What did you think? I hope you enjoyed this post wherever you are, I know some of my readers hail from this region of the world and it would be great to hear from those that have also done it. For everyone else, I hope you get to do this walk one day, coming to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without this trip!
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