If there’s one thing you have to do when visiting Sydney, it’s the Coogee to Bondi Beach walk. The walk is more commonly known as the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach walk, but personally I think doing it the other way if you’re new to the city is better as you get the big reveal of the famous Bondi Beach and Bondi Icebergs pool when you round the last corner at the end.
About the Coogee to Bondi walk
The Bondi to Coogee beach walk is arguably the best of the Sydney coastal walks. It typically starts at the ultra-famous Bondi Beach, Sydney and finishes at Coogee Beach but you can also do it the other way around.
This coastal walk is absolutely stunning from start to finish. You go from up high on the cliffside to right down at sea level. Grab some brunch, a flat white or take a dip in the sea before carrying on your walk.
You may seem some places call this a Bondi Beach hike, but you’ll be pleased to know most of the walk is flat, so it’s definitely more of a stroll than a hike!
How long does it take to walk from Bondi to Coogee?
The Bondi to Coogee walk distance is just under 7km long. You can make it longer by walking the extra 2.9km from Coogee beach, Sydney to Maroubra, or shorter by just doing the Bondi to Bronte walk. The Bondi to Bronte walk distance is just 1.9km.
The Bondi to Coogee walk time is about 1 – 1.5 hours. The Coogee to Maroubra walk is roughly an additional 70 mins.
Bronte beach is great for swimming and surfing so you may want to stop for a spot of that! Or do the Bronte to Bondi walk after surfing.
Bondi to Coogee walk map
Take a look at this Coogee to Bondi walk map of one of the best Sydney beach walks the Bondi beach to Coogee walk. This Bondi Coastal walk map gives you an overview of the route you’ll take in relation to other parts of Sydney. It’s useful to get an idea of where you are as you walk from Coogee to Bondi.
What will you see on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk?
On this part of the Sydney, coast keep your eyes open for whales off in the distance during the Bondi walk.
You’ll pass dramatic clifftop views, a cemetery with the best view ever and plenty of tempting cafes!
Which way is best: Bondi to Coogee or Coogee to Bondi beach?It doesn’t matter too much since this is one of the best coastal walks in Sydney. It’s simply a question of where to you want to finish and which is easier to get to from where ever you’re staying.
The Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk has so many treats in store for your eyes!
Where to stop on the Bondi coastal walk
If you’re doing the walk Bondi to Coogee make sure to check out these stops, listed in the order you’ll come across them.
- Bondi Beach
- Bronte beach cafes: Cafe Salina is supposed to be good!
- The Bronte beach pool
- Bronte beach, Sydney and the Bronte beach park
- Coogee Diggers
- Coogee surf club
How to get to Coogee or Bondi to begin the walk
To do the coastal walk Bondi to Coogee you can get the bus to Bondi Junction. From downtown Sydney, this is the T4 train to Bondi Junction Station and then the 333 bus to the beach.
If you’re starting at Coogee simply get the bus to Coogee from your accommodation. If you’re staying downtown it’ll be the T2 train and then the 353 bus or the 373 all the way.
Once you’ve arrived it’s time to do the Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk!
My experience walking from Coogee to Bondi, Sydney
I love the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk and have done it twice now. Whichever direction you complete the Coogee – Bondi walk, you’re in for a treat! Personally I prefer ending this coastal walk at Bondi since that feels like a better grand reveal!
There’s plenty of cafes, restaurants and beaches to stop off at and swimmers and surfers to watch. Oh, and if you keep your eyes open you might even spot a few whales off out in the distance. I’m pretty sure we did, there was a massive splash far out to the horizon every few minutes and I’m pretty sure I saw a fin but I can’t be 100% sure…
There’s one spot just as you leave Coogee Beach where you can deviate from the main path and take a more rocky route. I highly recommend you do, you get even better views here and we even got to listen to a man playing on some strange sort of flute-violin type instrument which sounded amazing!
There’s a small boardwalk that takes you through some native plants (it’s almost forest-y!) and as you round the corner you’ll see Gordon’s Bay.
If it’s a nice day and you’ve packed your snorkelling gear then make sure you give the Gordon’s Bay underwater nature trail a try.
The idea behind it is to be like a water hiking trail. Instead of signs to mark out the trail, there are underwater drums which are linked by a chain. You follow these to complete the underwater trail.
There are even plaques underneath which explain what the wildlife you’re seeing is. The whole thing takes about an hour to do.
At Clovelly Bay, you may want to stop for a coffee as we did. In which case stop off at Seasalt cafe and kiosk which has a lovely terrace with sea views does a fab coffee and breakfast.
The last part of the walk from Tamarama to Bondi is nice and easy and is used in Sydney’s annual Sculpture by the Sea event where 100 sculptures are featured. If you keep your eyes open you might spot some aboriginal artwork of a whale or shark!
If you’re walking from Coogee you’ll spot Bondi Icebergs, the infamous outdoor swimming pool that you’d have seen in a tonne of Instagrams (including mine!) and then Bondi Beach behind it. Go for a swim in either the sea or the pool and relax after your walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach.
If you still have energy after this and are wondering what to do in Bondi Beach here are a few ideas. You could go for a swim at the Bondi Icebergs pool, take a beach walk along Bondi Beach or grab a flat white in a nearby cafe. In case you’re wondering, the Bondi Beach length is 1km. (Check out the Bondi beach map above)
Where to stay in Sydney
Resources that’ll help with your trip to Sydney
- Camper van & RV rental
- Booking.com for your hotels
- RentalCars.com for your ride in New South Wales if you’re not camping
- Skyscanner: Get your cheap flights to Sydney