If you didn’t read Part 1 of my Ultimate Beach Hunt, I basically made it my duty to scope out as many beaches as I could while living in Sydney, Australia.
I spent three months living in North Bondi, and one my favourite things to do was wake up at sunrise and go for a run along the ever so stunning Coastal Walk. This six kilometre path starts at Bondi Beach and stretches to Coogee, offering stunning, uninterrupted views if the Pacific Ocean. There are so many lookout points and spots along the way to stop and stretch, reflect, or just zen out. It’s beautiful moments like this that make me never want to leave this place…
I envy the locals that live here. To get up everyday and have this view… this free outdoor gym and an ocean to jump into afterwards is simply unfair. This is truly the perfect place to live, raise a family and live a healthy life.
So here is a breakdown of the beaches you’ll encounter along the Coastal Walk and my ratings for them:
No I’m not talking about Jay’s Band from the City. This is the real deal- and the first beach you’ll encounter when you begin your coastal walk at Bondi. Some call this one ‘ol faithful’ but I like to call it ‘Hot Surfers Haven’. This is mostly a locals spot with waves that will make any surfer want to get up early in the morning and ride before work. It’s small and perfect for some serious water and tanning time. But don’t be fooled by the tide, these currents can suck you in and impossible to fight. As my surfer man Christian put it “You’ve got to feel the energy of the wave” If you love the feeling of being lifted 10 feet across the water, then this is the beach for you.
My Rating: 4.5 hot surfer boys/5
After passing Tamarama, Bronte Beach is literally around the next corner. It offers more beach space and is perfect for meeting up with some mates and having an afternoon BBQ. It has tons of picnic shelters, coin operated outdoor BBQ’s and kiosks to buy hot foods or icy treats to cool you down on a hot day. It offers a nice balance of sand and grass and is a great place to spend a Saturday.
My Rating: 4 perfect picnics/5
From here, the path continues past Waverly Cemetery, Clovelly Beach, and lots of little points and bays where you’ll find divers, spear fishers and friends tanning on rocks. After about an hour and a half from Bondi, you’ll finally hit Coogee and trust me when I say the walk is well worth it.
The final beach on the Coastal Walk is home to many local Aussies and Europeans. Not exactly the place you go to surf, but definitely a place to be a beach bum. It also has tons of restaurants and bars along it’s strip making it a perfect place to patio after a day on the beach. Also, very accessible by public transport from virtually anywhere in central Sydney.
My Rating: 4 beach bums/5
If you’re ever in Sydney, make sure you dedicate a day to doing this coastal walk! Bring a water bottle, (there are tons of refill stations along the way) your bathing suit, sunscreen protection, and a companion to enjoy it with. Plus, it’s completely free!