Walk from Bondi to Coogee

October 5th, 2016

Australians love to go walking. In fact, they have an entire industry designed around walks. They have lots of walking trails and books written to help you find those trails. My previous post about the Convict Trail is a great example of this. Another great, and perhaps 'famous' walk is the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk. This is truly a spectacular walk and a must for anyone visiting Sydney.

The walk starts on the Bondi Beach. Of course, you can do it in reverse, or you can park anywhere along the way. We parked at Clovelly Surf Club where they have a large and free parking lot.

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On the rocks at Clovelly Surf Club and park.

We then walked towards Coogee Beach, past the seagulls and then caught the bus at Coogee back to Bondi.

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Seagulls patrolling the rocks at Coogee

Back at Bondi, we got onto the trail and started to walk. The views are fantastic whichever way you look.

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Looking towards Bondi

All along the way...

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Along the Bondi to Coogee Trail

There are several smaller beaches along the way including Tamarama Beach.

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Tamarama Beach -more sand than surf

There are also some rocky shoreline areas which provide great photo opportunities.

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Mackenzie Point

This walk is so popular that along the way we even saw a pod of dolphins swimming along the walk! I know they are a bit distant in the photo, but I also thought the sight was quite the thing.

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Dolphins doing the walk

You can the pod in this picture of the shoreline along Bronte Beach and Tamarama in the distance.

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Bronte Beach coastline

Along the way the trail passes through a graveyard. While I am in no hurry to end there, is it quite the view to enjoy for all eternity.

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Waverley Cemetery

The last stretch of the walk before Clovelly boasts a lawn bowling club. These clubs are scattered all around Sydney. After watching a few throws, it struck me that it is basically curling on grass. The main difference is that the view is much nicer and the environment is a little bit warmer.

Walk from Bondi to Coogee

Don't forget to click on the photos to see a larger image.

Location: Bondi (2026), Inner City, New South Wales, Australia

In the Neighbourhood

October 4th, 2016

Now that we are somewhat settled in our new granny flat, I can put up a map and a few shots from the neighbourhood. You can see in the map our location. Note that we are actually in 18A. If you click on the map to zoom in, you will see our granny flat is actually behind the main house. Interestingly, if you use street view, you will see the roof of an older building where our flat is. You can zoom out to get some perspective on where we are. 

In the Neighbourhood
The view of our deck

Most of our neighbours assure us that they have never seen a snake or a deadly jellyfish, or a funnel web spider, however there are signs of snakes and at least three people have died from shark attacks. I am sure it is all fine though!

In the Neighbourhood
Beware of deadly creatures

Australia has some great natural wonders and vistas, ...

In the Neighbourhood
In the Blue Moutains

... some very interesting flora...

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The Banksia, AKA Bottlebrush

... and some amazing fauna.

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Lorikeet

We also have a few wonderful attractions just a short walk away ...

In the Neighbourhood
Olympic Park just a few KMs

  

Sydney has a load of ferries going every which way as well. Our local ferry starts at Rydalmere on the Parramatta River...

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The Parramatta catamaran goes all the way to Circular Quay

On the way, you get to see some wonderful landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

... and the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney Opera House

Don't be shy!

In the Neighbourhood
Don't be shy

Location: Rydalmere (2116), New South Wales, Australia