Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee
Liz and I decided we wanted to do the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee. We both love the ocean and heard the views along this walk were unsurpassed. We began our walk in Bondi on the Promenade. We climbed up the hills and looked down upon the beach and the crashing surf; absolutely beautiful.
We then continued along the path to Mackenzies Point. Here was a beautiful lookout point with water all around. We continued walking and the path went downhill to Tamarama. Tamarama is a small beach with some cafe if you want to catch a bite or a drink. We had our water and decided to walk on. Our next stop was Bronte Beach which is really beautiful. Just past Bronte is Waverly and the huge Waverly Cemetery. As we walked along the cliff(many yards away) we were able to see the headstones, monuments and crosses jutting out from the cliff; eerie but beautiful. Clovelly is a small beach that is very sheltered it almost seems like a pond; no waves. Gordon's Bay right past the beach was very deserted except for a lone man snorkeling. Our final stop on our walk was Coogee. Coogee is a nice sized beach with plenty of shopping and restaurants. This was our final stop on our 2 1/2 hour walk.
The walk was absolutely beautiful; we saw such amazing sights and met some fun people along the way.
**Dress appropriately for walking; some areas are quite steep and the walk is very long. Bring and umbrella and plenty of water. We got drizzled on a bit at the end of our walk.**
- Hiking and Walking
The Beautiful Beach
We always arrive to Bondi Beach via a bus from Bondi Junction. As soon as we see the beach; it is an "Ahhhh" feeling. The beach is beautiful with a long stretch of sand and crashing blue surf.
There is always a hub of activity; joggers, surfers, skaters, bikers, joggers, people swimming, sun worshippers and even a TV crew filming something (don't know what but they were pretty pissed that people kept walking into the shot). Bondi doesn't have a snobbish vibe; it's much laid back and easy going. Everyone we met from locals, tourists and shop workers were exceedingly nice.
On our last two trips to Australia I have thoroughly enjoyed our Bondi visits. The beach is beautiful and the waves are incredible. We are always amazed at the skills of the surfies catching a wave.
Life Saving Monument
Beaches can be dangerous with rip tides, big waves and inexperienced swimmers. It's up to the brave lifesavers of the beaches to keep everyone safe. This monument at Bondi is for all that protect the beaches.
The World Famous Bondi Beach
I am not quite sure if there is a way to describe all the different ways I have had Bondi Beach described to me in the past. What I can tell you is that this place is world famous, and if you go there you will know why. As AussieDoug will tell you, it does not have the best surf, nor the best surfers. I can tell you first hand it is not the best food, and I am sure someone will tell you the quality of the sand is not pure grain. That being said, when you get to this beach, you will notice people from all over the world come here to see and be seen. There were alot of bad Paris Hilton look-alikes, plenty of older men in speedos with Dunlap, and a fair share of attractive Australia hunk and hunkettes. Have a gander, it is worth your time!
(Make sure you check your times of buses though).
Go fly a kite!... or Festival of the Winds
September 12, 2004 was the date for this year's 26th Annual Festival of the Winds, and boy, was it windy! All sorts of kites were being flown this weekend, and there were also cultural events scheduled at the pavilion amphitheatre (back courtyard), kite workshops and displays, and lots of kids' activities.
- Budget Travel
The baeutiful Bondi Beach
After doing some extensive traveling in and around the beautiful continent Australia, it has come to our attention that there is a far higher concentration of good-looking people in Sydney’s Bondi to Coogee region than anywhere else on the continent... and they definitely aren’t that shy to show it off. This beautiful beach sits flanked by picturesque, wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs that double as lounging platforms for Sydney’s most beautiful people. Surfing is popular here at Bondi Beach, no matter what the weather. You'll see the surfies catching a wave. The waves are rough is some sections and the current is strong. Surf lessons are available at the Bondi beach.
- Family Travel
The Westfield Bondi Junction
The Westfield Bondi Junction is a huge shopping and entertainment center. There is tons of shopping for men, women, children and for the home. Both typical and upscale stores can be found here such as Coles and Chanel. The Movie Theatre shows the latests flicks and there are plenty of food options from baked good to Chinese food to keep your belly full.
The Westfield is a destination within itself; with so much to see and do it makes you dizzy. It is just like the Pallisades Mall back at home with all it has to offer.
Swim in the Beautiful Water
The water at Bondi is beautiful but the waves can get rough. I would suggest that you stay in the shallow end if you are not a strong swimmer and watch the current warning signs concerning the wave conditions. Strong swimmers definitely get a work in this surf.
Feeling Brave? Try Surfing...
Surfing is popular here at Bondi Beach. No matter what the weather, you'll see surfies catching a wave. The waves are rough is some sections and the current is strong; I wouldn't suggest a novice to go out there alone the first time. Surf lessons are available at Bondi.
Bondi Pavilion Community Center
The Pavillion has many things to offer visitors: restrooms, showers, lockers, food options and shopping.
The Pavillion is the hub of activity with the stretch of beach right in front of it being the most popular.
Find great local businesses ie cafes, tattooist...
If you are visiting Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, get onto a website called virtual shopping communities. It lists loads of local business operators and has website links to show you around. There are maps and easy send to mobile address cards. It is a great help if you are traveling as it points out all the local services like cafes, beauty therapists, organics, medical services and much more.
Walk Along the Beach
It was a little too chilly for me to want to put on a swimsuit and get in the ocean, but we still wanted to go check out the beaches when we were in Sydney. Probably the most famous one is Bondi Beach. We went to the area and had lunch and then found the nice wide, paved walkway along the beach that connected all the beaches. It was a lovely walk. This photo is taken from a the highest point, looking back at Bondi beach. So, even if you don't feel like swimming in the ocean, be sure to take a trip to the beach and have a walk around!
Swim with the Icebergs
So why would you build a great lap pool right next to the world's most known beach? So you can swim year round!
The Bondi Icebergs club have been in existance since 1929, and most Iceberg members have a passion for swimming year round, which does not always mean a warm dip! As Sarah and I visited today in April, there were tons of people swimming laps, while the waves crash into the pool!
It really is one of the icons of Bondi Beach, and a must see when you are visiting here! It is located on the southern most tip of Bondi, and if you want to join in the fun, take a dip for 4 dollars.
There was this big stone with funny shape on Bondi Beach. So decide to take some poses with it.
I am risking my life cos I have to climb high and behind me is the sea. If I were to slip and fall thats the end of me;p
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
The Beach and Surrounding Area
They don't call it Bondi "Beach" for nothing! Enjoy yourself on the beach or walking around the streets of town with plenty of shopping and places to eat. Take a walk to the cliffs on either side of the beach and look out into the ocean and watch the waves crash up against the rocks. This place is gorgeous!
Check out the website for more info and details of what's on at Bondi Beach.