A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 18th 2016
A small, shimmering summer must-see
Gordon's Bay is Coogee's quiet next door neighbour. I smile every time the sparkling cove catches my eye, and although close to the city it always has me feeling like I've been swept away to the tropics.
The bay is hidden beneath the hill just north of Coogee Beach. It's become my tradition to swing past Coogee Pavilion and the Giles Baths on the way. Follow the coastal path and a sign will let you know when you're close to this charming little spot.
A small seaside forest lines the descent to the beach. Featured in warmer weather are bright purple flowers, reminiscent of hibiscus. Glimpses of turquoise and the illusion of a lagoon framed by trees always stop me in my path. Enter, a dreamy summer paradise.
There is a quaint sand beach (even more quaint when it is high tide) that's lined by small boats. This makes me think of an island fishing village. This doesn't leave a lot of room, however there are plenty of spots to claim for the day on the rocks circling the alcove. While Gordon's Bay is tucked away, a fair few tend to find their way here on weekends and throughout the summer so get in early if you want to secure a good one.
The clear waters are illuminated in blues and greens, and are mostly shallow. It's a lovely place for snorkelling and floating around on a lilo. Just keep an eye out for the Blue Bottles (stingers) in the warmer part of the year. Other than that, enjoy this wonderful escape, that's just a bus ride away from the city!