Right on the doorstep of the Coogee Sands Hotel, the world-famous coastal walk stretches 6km from Bondi to Coogee. Weaving along the coastline, it’s a stunning journey up and down stairs, along whimsical little pathways and along the clifftops. Take your time and stop at one of Bronte Beach’s cute little beachside cafes or get the heart rate going and join the local joggers.
The next little cove just north of Coogee Beach is Gordons Bay – only a 10 minute walk from the Coogee Sands Hotel. Rather than a sandy beach, you’ll find a small sheltered cove with a long stretch of rocks, perfect for sunbaking and exploring. Swimmers adore the calm water and the bay is the local spot of choice for snorkeling Gordons Bay Underwater Nature Trail is a self-guided scuba diving or snorkelling adventure.
Clovelly is a tiny bay beach nestled in-between a concrete promenade and an ocean pool. The gentle sandy beach area is loved by families with little kids, while the long, sunny concrete platforms are loved by sunbathers and snorkelers. There is a fantastic café and kiosk with stunning outlook and it’s only a 19 minute walk from the Coogee Sands Hotel.
Approximately 35 mins walk from Coogee Beach along the coastal walk, Bronte is a small and gorgeous beach with waves, ocean pool and at low tide has a great sheltered swimming area for kids (protected by rocks). Surrounded by grassy parkland, BBQs, kids playground and a beachside strip of cafes, this is a lovely place to spend the day.
At only 80m long, you can reach Tamarama Beach by foot along the coastal walk in about 42 minutes from Coogee Beach. Dramatically squeezed in-between two headlands, Tamarama you might hear locals refer to it as ‘Glamarama” because of the reputation for being the spot for the ‘beautiful people’.
Just south of the beach along the coastal walk is the spacious Grant Reserve Playground. Often called ‘Spider Park’ by the locals thanks to the spiderweb-like climbing frame, it also features swings, slides, pirate ship, picnic tables and BBQ facilities.
Take a walk west down Dolphin Street from the Coogee Sands Hotel and you’ll come across 2 kids playgrounds. The first ‘Coogee Oval Playground’ is great for toddlers with a medium sized slide and wooden climbing tower. The second ‘Alby Smith Memorial Reserve’ is locally known as Flying Fox Park and is better for older kids with the flying fox, slides and climbing frame.
Slightly further you can find Bangor Park on the corner of Oberon St and Hendy Avenue with slides, swings and climbing frames, and there’s also Blenheim Park Playground at the very top of Beach St on the south side.
20-25 minute walk from Coogee Sands you’ll find ‘The Spot’, a fabulous cluster of restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaway. Best of all, it’s home to The Ritz, a heritage cinema showing both arthouse and current films – and the best movie prices you’ll get anywhere.