The walking trail from Bondi to Coogee features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks along the way make for great locations to rest, swim or stop for a snack at local cafes, restaurants or takeaways.
Locals consider the path to be a medium grade urban walk, but there are some steep gradients as well as several staircases to climb too. The trail takes two hours to complete, with an added option to continue to Maroubra (an extra hour and a half).
When getting ready for the walk remember to wear comfy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and, during colder months, wear appropriate clothing. There are signs to direct you, but here is a guide to help.
Start at world famous Bondi at the bottom of Notts Avenue (near the Icebergs pool). From Notts Avenue, the trail drops to a concrete waterfront track offering views over North and South Bondi. Highlights along the way include Hunter Park, where sculptures from previous editions of the annual Sculpture by the Sea are on display. Pass through McKenzies, a rocky outcrop popular amongst surfers. It is also the smallest beach in the state during low tide.
This section of the trail is about 1.2km in length and takes 25 minutes to complete.
This is the easiest and quickest section of the walk, continuing below the Tamarama surf club. Walk either up the stairs to the footpath or across Tamarama Beach and climb the stairs near the kiosk. Tamarama and Bronte Beach are only a few hundred metres apart and offer great views of the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way, you might like to stop for a swim or surf at Bronte Beach. A nearby park, located just behind the beach, has sheltered picnic tables and free electric barbecues if you want to stop for a snack. This path is only 700m long and takes about five minutes to complete.
As you continue along the path you will encounter steps leading down past the Bronte SLSC onto the beach promenade. Follow this through towards the southern end of the beach at Bronte rock pool, the path beyond the rock pools does not link up to the coastal walk.
To continue, climb up the steps and footpath to the parking area across the road from the Bronte Road cafe strip. Turn left and follow the walking trail up through a steep cutting until you reach Calga reserve. A 500m coastal clifftop boardwalk with rest stations and lookouts traverses on the edge of Calga Reserve.
Above, you will find the historic Waverly cemetery on top of the sandstone cliffs and rock platforms.
From Clovelly, turn left at the bowling club and continue to make your way across the cliffs, or you can choose to follow the path through to Burrows Park. During low tide, there is a rocky outcrop with views of Bondi in the north and Malabar Headland in the south. Clovelly Beach is a tranquil spot at the mouth of a narrow bay between two rocky ridges.
Walk around the beach or cross it to the southern side of the bay past the car park until you reach Gordon’s Bay. You will stumble across a very steep staircase with a couple of platforms with seating at the bay. The Bondi to Coogee walk continues along a leafy timber walkway towards Coogee.