The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of the best coastal walks in Sydney and maybe even one of the most famous coastal walks in the world! From beautiful sandstone cliffs to some of the most popular beaches in Australia, and world class views, there is so much to see.
The Bondi to Coogee walk should be on everyone’s must do list and is best enjoyed as a day trip, so there is enough time to relax at the beaches and watch the surfers catch the waves.
In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about the Bondi to Coogee walk. How to get there, what to bring, what to see and many more tips to have the best time on this amazing Sydney coast walk.
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Map for the Bondi to Coogee walk
How to get to the Bondi to Coogee walk
The Bondi to Coogee walk is a one way walk that is easily accessible via public transport. You can start the walk either at Bondi or Coogee. Which one is the better option really depends on what plans you have for after the walk. I personally like ending the walk in Bondi as there are a lot of restaurants and bars in which you can end the day. I also had the feeling that the walk was easier when starting in Coogee. However, if you are doing the walk in the early morning it might be nice to start in Bondi and watch the beach coming to life. There is just something special about Bondi in the morning!
If you want to start in Bondi, you can catch a train from the the city to Bondi Junction and then catch a bus to Bondi Beach. If you would rather start at Coogee, you can catch the bus 373, for example from Museum station, which is in walking distance to Central station.
On Transport NSW you can plan your journey.
There are also a few parking spots around but they are usually quite expensive and especially during summer it can be very crowded.
How long is the Bondi to Coogee walk?
The Bondi to Coogee walk is 6 km long, which should take you about 3 hours if you stop to take photos and take some breaks. However, I would recommend to plan more time for the walk to grab lunch on the way and go swimming at the beautiful beaches.
However, if you want a shorter walk, you can exit the walk at many points and catch a bus somewhere on the way, such as in Bronte.
How difficult is the Bondi to Coogee walk?
The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a quite easy walk and shouldn’t be a problem for most people. However, there are some hills and stairs that are a bit tiring. It isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or prams.
Good to know
Bring snacks and sun protection on the Bondi to Coogee walk
Even though there are many places to grab something to eat, it is really nice to stop at a park and have a little picnic. There are also BBQ facilities at many parks and beaches which you can use. There also isn’t a lot of shade and the Australian sun can get very strong. To protect yourself make sure to put on sunscreen and bring a hat.
Where to find water on the Bondi to Coogee walk
You can find water fountains at all of the beaches and several other spots on the walk.
Where to find public toilets on the Bondi to Coogee walk
There are several public toilets on the way, such as at Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach.
Where does the Bondi to Coogee Walk start?
If you start in Coogee, start at the beach and walk left, facing the water. At the northern side of the beach there is a boardwalk leading into Dunningham Park. From there you have an amazing view of Coogee Beach. Follow the pathway to
If you start in Bondi, you can see the promanade from the beach. Follow the promanade and it will lead you to Bondi Icebergs, the first stop after Bondi Beach. From there, you can just follow the path.
As I recommend starrting the Bondi to Coogee walk in Coogee, the directions here will follow that way. However, it is really easy to walk in the other direction.
The Bondi to Coogee walk route (from Coogee)
Coogee Beach to Gordons Bay
Before you start the walk, I cannot recommend enough to visit Melonhead to grab a delicious smoothie for the way. It is my favourite Smoothie place and I go there everytime I’m in Coogee.
Walk along Coogee Beach to the left, past Coogee Pavillion where you can see the headland in front of you. After entering Dunningham Park, you can turn right and walk along the boardwalk leading to Giles Baths. When the sea isn’t too rough, you can go for a swim in the rockpool.
The headland offers stunning views over Coogee Beach and is the starting point of the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Where you can see the arch saying Baths you can walk to the grass are ato get to Dolphins Point, which offers beautiful views of the sandstone cliffs. After walking back on the main path, you come along the Bali Memorial, built in remembrance of the victims of the 2002 Bali bombings.
Keep on the main path with the white fence and the ocean on your right until you come to a point where you can leave the footpath on your right and walk over sandstone through a scrubby area. From there you already have amazing views of Gordons Bay.
A small pathway through the bush brings you back to the main path which you have to follow to get to Gordons Bay.
Gordons Bay is a beautiful secluded bay, which is perfect for a swim. In summer you can find a lot of people sunbathing on the rocks and bringing their floaties. The water has a beautiful colour and is quite calm which makes it great for swimming and snorkeling.
Gordons Bay to Clovelly Beach
Just follow the boardwalk from Gordons Bay to Clovelly. Clovelly Beach is a family friendly beach with a swimming pool and a large concrete area where lots of people are sunbathing. To continue the walk you have to walk around the beach to get to the other side.
Clovelly Beach to Bronte Beach
The next section is one of my favourites and leads you around the Waverly Cemetery. You walk over a wooden boardwalk, right along the ocean that offers incredible views of the coastline and the waves crashing in. There are many viewpoints on the boardwalk where you can stop and take some photos.
If you follow the boardwalk, you soon see Bronte Beach in the distance. Along the road there is a sandstone area at the cliff on which you can climb to get the best views of Bronte. You can even see Tamarama Beach from there. However to continue the walk, you have to walk back to follow the road to Bronte Beach.
When you get closer to the beach, you can see the Bronte Bogie Hole at the right tide. It is a natural rock pool that is protected from the waves and therefore makes it a good swimming spot. It is not to be confused with the Bronte Baths, another famous pool at Bronte Beach. This is one of the most insta-famous spots on the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Bronte Beach is a family-friendly beach and has great BBQ and picnic facilities. Right next to the beach there is Bronte Park. It is a great spot for a break and you can even grab lunch from one of the roadside cafes and enjoy it with a view of the ocean.
Bronte Baths can be reached via a path from the Park. It is very easy to find and is perfect for a swim. In summer it’s usually very crowded but it is one of my favourite spots to go swimming on the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Bronte Beach to Tamarama Beach
Follow the main path between Bronte Park and the beach and it will lead you to Tamarama Beach. On the way, make sure to look back before you leave Bronte, as the views from this side of the beach are great.
Tamarama is a rather small beach on the Bondi to Coogee walk but it is quieter than Bronte and Bondi. You can usually spot a lot of surfers there. It is not the best beach for swimming as there are often strong currents. However, it’s great to sunbath, hang out or have a BBQ in Tamarama Park.
Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach
Right past Tamarama Beach, at Mackanzies Bay, a stunning rocky bay,you can see many people sunbathing in summer.
If you continue walking, you can see Bondi Beach in the distance. From Mackanzies point, a lookout between Tamarama and Bondi, you can have a great view of Bondi Beach. Follow the path until you get to Bondi Icebergs, where you can see the insta-famous Icebergs pool.
The pool at Bondi Icebergs isn’t free but you can buy a ticket. If you want to know more about this and many more amazing rockpools in Sydney, check this out! Bondi Icebergs is a swimming club with a famous restaurant that offers ocean views. Walk down to the beach and enjoy the graffiti at the wall.
At the end of the Bondi to Coogee walk, you can spend some time on Australias most famous beach. Grab some food or some drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars in Bondi.
This was my guide to the Bondi to Coogee walk with everything you need to know! If you would like to do more hikes in Sydney stay tuned, there will be more soon!
If you have any questions or tips please let me know in the comments 🙂
Linda (LD Holland) says
We definitely will be putting Australia and Sydney back on the travel plans when things open up again. It is great to read about new walking trails like the one from Bondi to Coogee. I am sure it would take us more than 3 hours with photo stops! It would be a toss up if we wanted to start or end in Bondi. I love the idea of secluded bays for a swim stop!
Barbara Farfan says
I got to visit Sydney twice in my 2-year petsitting adventure down under, but I didn’t do the entire Bondi to Cogee walk. But I DID have a smoothie from Melonhead! And I highly recommend it too. I can’t believe I missed the Cemetery By the Sea. So unique – I must return to Sydney just to see that! Phab Photos! Thanks for sharing all of the Bondi beauty!
Carol Colborn says
We have decided to visit my daughter in Melbourne next year and to go up to Sydney to spend a week there, too. This Bondi to Coogee Walk would be something we would love to do…just 6 kms of great scenes!
I’m sat reading this article in rainy England and it’s giving me itchy feet! Love the photos and the coastal walk definitely seems a great thing to do.
This is a great guide for the Bondi – Coogee Walk. Your visuals made me wanna go there. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions.
This looks just stunning. Some great pictures too. I am planning to fly over and visit friends in sydney next year, this is really lovely to know. They keep asking me what I want to do whilst i’m there, this is definitely up my street.
Medha Verma says
Both are spectacular beaches and I visited them 2 years ago. I planned to take the Bondi to Coogee Walk too but there were two reasons I could not – the weather was horrible that day, it was pouring. And I had my old parents along with me who were not keen to walk so much! Nevertheless, I always feel bad about missing it, looks like it would have been an incredible experience!