What I love most about Sydney — aside from the abundance of healthy food choices — is that despite being a highly urbanized city, it’s still very much ‘one with nature’.
It’s the type of city that makes you want to always be outdoors as you’re never too far away from parks, gardens and beaches.
Yes, beaches. Plural. In fact, when I did the 6-kilometer coastal walk in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, I was able to visit 5 — Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi — in a span of just 4 hours! Can’t beat that, huh?
So if you get a chance to visit Sydney, I highly recommend you give this a try. It’s really easy! Although, I wouldn’t recommend it to persons with limited mobility as there will be lots of uneven steps and sections with stairs.
Coogee to Clovelly
From Sydney’s Central Business District, take a 30-minute bus ride to Coogee Beach. Even with so much seaweed washing up on its shores, it’s still a beautiful family-friendly and pet-friendly beach. The walk from Coogee to Clovelly will take about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace. I was pretty slow because I kept stopping to climb rocks and to check out a secluded tiny beach called Gordons Bay. It may not look it but Gordons Bay is actually a well-known diving and snorkelling area so if you bring the right gear, you can self-explore its underwater nature trail. Then from Gordons Bay, just follow the footpath to get to Clovelly Beach, which is adjacent to a saltwater pool. I suggest taking a dip in this ‘ocean pool’ to cool off before continuing on with your journey..
Clovelly to Bronte
Clovelly to Bronte will also take around 45 minutes to an hour but it’s such a scenic walk that you won’t notice the time. This walk will take you through clifftop boardwalks and the picturesque Waverly Cemetery. If you dare, you can check out the old graves and maybe even spot some of the famous Aussies buried there before heading off to Bronte Beach.
Bronte to Tamarama
Once you hit Bronte, congratulate yourself. You’re halfway done with the coastal walk! I suggest you grab something to eat in one of the cafés or restaurants in the area before you finish the second leg of your journey. I veered slightly away from the trail because I wanted to have brunch in Three Blue Ducks, a highly recommended dining destination in the area that has sustainable and honest policies for its produce. Don’t worry about indulging in a hearty meal. The stroll to Tamarama Beach will be pretty straightforward so you can take your time and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
Tamarama to Bondi
While Tamarama Beach is enclosed in a tiny cove, it does have some rough swells so if you want to go swimming or surfing, always follow the rules. It was actually enough for me to just watch the surfers do their thing because the waves terrified me. But I was definitely mesmerized by how graceful and strong the surfers were in the ocean. Tamarama to Bondi is the final leg of the walk. And trust me, once you reach Bondi Icebergs, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for finishing the whole thing. I choose to do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk in reverse for 1 reason — I wanted to spend a lot of time in the world-famous Bondi Beach. Thus, upon completion, I treated myself to a margarita from The Bucket List, a colourful beachside bar and eatery in Bondi, and went shopping!
Gosh! If I could do that walk everyday, there wouldn’t be a need for me to have a gym membership!