Often referred to as one of the world’s most scenic coastal walkways, the trail between Coogee and Bondi Beach is the best day hike in Sydney. Starting at famous Bondi Beach—the iconic hangout of lifesavers, surfers and international travelers—the trail begins by the oceanfront pool on the southern end of the beach.
Only a few minutes into the walk, an ancient Aboriginal rock carving is visible on the left side of the trail. In 10 more minutes, the trail emerges onto Tamarama Beach, which is cheekily referred to as “Glamarama” for the attractive crowds. More family friendly is Bronte Beach, which is the next stop in the trail's procession of world-class, white-sand beaches. In addition to the playgrounds, barbecue pits and large grassy park area, Bronte has two natural pools that are perfect for a dip in the ocean.
Past Bronte Beach and the surfers bobbing offshore, the trail continues on to Clovelly Beach and its protected waters for snorkeling. Around the rocky coastal headlands—where it's possible to see whales in spring—the trail descends into Gordon's Bay with its underwater nature trail for divers. Finally, having already experienced five of Sydney's best suburban beach towns, hikers finish at Coogee Bay's popular stretch of sand.
The Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk takes most hikers about 90 minutes if they walk continuously without stopping. One of the perks of the trail, however, is stopping to swim in the protected waters or stopping in for lunch at a coastal café. Pubs, restaurants and public restrooms are available along the trail. To get back to the start of the trail in Bondi, travelers can take the local bus or simply turn right back around to get a second look at the beaches along the way.