A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 12th 2016
A cliche summer must-see
Being by the sea is my idea of a perfect summer day. The six-kilometre coastal walk linking the famous Bondi and Coogee beaches sounded ideal for a hot weekday off. Grab your sunscreen (you'll need it) and your swimmers, and hit up this scenic route. It is a great chance to get active, and spoils you with swimming spots along the way.
We set out for Coogee from postcard-perfect Bondi Beach, but many choose to do so in reverse. Savour the long, incredibly broad stretch of golden sand here as this is by far the biggest beach in the series.
The 1.2km walk (done on average in 25 minutes) between here and Tamarama is annually used for Sculptures by the Sea. This first stretch involves a descent allowing a close up view of the rocky shoreline and in contrast, a panoramic view back across Bondi from white cliff tops.
Follow the path to Tamarama Beach, or take the alternative route as we did across the rocky shore at the foot of the headland. Spot little rock pools. Remember to be cautious, particularly in higher tides. Stop to enjoy the quaint Tamarama Beach with sand and grassy areas hugged by two tall peninsulas. Take care if you choose to go for a dip here. While there is a patrol tower, there are generally no flags.
Tamarama to Bronte Beach is a short, level stretch. It's just 700 metres and takes about five minutes. Bronte, with sprawling grass and delicious take away options - from fish and chips, to burgers, and salads - was ideal to stop at for lunch. Just beware of the army of seagulls that don't miss a thing. This place has good surf, a nice rock pool and an ocean bath perfect to cool off in along your journey.
All fueled up, we set out for Clovelly (2.2km, and 50 minutes from Bronte). It was fun to make our way onto the towering red rock lining the road. The contrast between this and the blue that spread down the coast and beyond the horizon was a beautiful sight. From here enter the boardwalk bypassing the seaside cemetery. Picturesque cliff views are abundant.
Just before Clovelly Beach there is a small cliff top reserve you can detour to. We witnessed wonderful views of ocean waves, as well as the inlets to Clovelly, Gordon's Bay, Coogee, and Maroubra beaches. I was super keen to arrive at Clovelly. Having heard about the narrow pool-like bay surrounded by a jetty, I was rather excited to go for a splash. There is an abundance of sea-life for those who enjoy snorkelling.
The last leg (1.8km, about 45 minutes) was probably the hardest as we were facing late afternoon sun and the steepest hills of the walk. In between these, you'll find the gorgeous lagoon-like Gordon's Bay. The turquoise waters are also fantastic for snorkelling in, and this time around I learnt there's an underwater trail that divers can tour. This takes around 40 minutes. Relax here before conquering the last hill. Next stop Coogee Beach!