The Peoples Beach.
Ask someone to name the first beach they can think of and
Bondi Beach would be a likely response. Bondi Beach is home
to a diverse crowd, and Bondi does get crowded at times. Head
for the Bondi Pavilion about half way across the beach. There
you should find drinks and sustenance closest to the surf.
When its open,
the Bondi Pavilion Balcony is a neat place to watch the waves,
wavers and other passer-bys. There is a bar upstairs allowing
you to take drinks out onto the balcony but opening times
vary. The Bondi Pavilion is home to exhibits and theatrical
performances, particularly during the Sydney Festival. Some
are fun and some aren’t but they are often short and
you can take your drinks in with you.
The Waves at Bondi Beach
If you want you
can try your hand at surfing at Bondi Beach. Alternatively
have a splash and try your body at body surfing. If you have
no inclination to get wet you can just stroll on or along
side Bondi Beach
Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach
The walk from Bondi
to Coogee Beach is a bit of a classic. Walk from Bondi to
Coogee Beach and be greeted by fantastic scenery, beautiful
beaches, cliffs and even an old cemetery (Waverley) with unimpeded
views out to sea. Must make Real Estate Agents tremble at
the thought of Waverley Cemetery ever being relocated - not
likely. Allow three to four hours and take your time. Note
the lack of fences between Bondi and Coogee Beaches so please
keep a close reign on any off-spring.
so they say), is one of the beaches you’ll cross, has
a café very close to the beach and is a good spot to
rest along the way.
Visit Coogee Beach
- the backpacking capital of the world!! Well sometimes Coogee
feels like it. Apart from beach itself, Coogee has great views
and walks to either Bronte/Bondi or Maroubra.
If the opportunity
presents its self, have an early morning stroll on the beach
and then stop for breakfast. You'll feel a million dollars,
fit and ready for your day. For the best food with Coogee
views head for the southern end of Coogee Beach. Be prepared
to wait for a table if you arrive after 10am at weekends.
On the north side
of Coogee Beach you’ll find the Beach Palace Hotel.
If you can still do so without paying, climb to the top of
the Hotel, get a cold drink and sit yourself down and enjoy
the view out to sea and across Coogee Beach. Ah..the way life
is meant to be - no worries.
For music fans
the Coogee Bay and Palace Hotels cater for you with all kinds
of music provided it's loud and usually involves jumping around
a lot. For the brave there's a kebab shop directly opposite
the Coogee Bay Hotel in Coogee Bay Road open till very late.
and pubs in Coogeee
Sculptures By the Sea - Bondi Beach
You could combine
Sculptures By The Sea with a walk to Coogee / Bronte Beaches
if its on (around November) while you're here. Apart from
the art there's the improvisation. Look intensely enough at
one of the exhibits for long enough and someone is bound to
ask you what you think it is .....improvise from there.
By The Sea - Bondi Beach
Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach
'No one' walks
from Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach so it's all the more enjoyable
for it. Annoyingly there is a house right where it shouldn't
be - forcing you to take to the streets for a while. You also
have to negotiate a stony beach which is not for everyone.
But I like it! Maroubra Beach is relatively under developed/unspoilt
depending upon your view point. Maroubra has a nice cafe right
on the beach and to the north an excellent ocean pool. Unlike
Coogee, with no Wedding Cake offshore (island) the surf tends
to be bigger and better at Maroubra Beach, just watch out
for the rips.
from Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach
Eastern Suburbs Explorer Buses - Sydney sight seeing
What I like about
the Explorer Buses is you can hop on and off whenever you
want – just wait until it’s stopped moving.. Take
your iPod with you in case you hate the commentary and get
off when ever you find yourself somewhere you like the look
of. Two options, Sydney City and Eastern Suburbs - check the
bus companies web site below for details including the route
maps (right hand corner of their site(s))
Click the link
below for Sydney Explorer Buses timetables and routes.
Diving At Shelly
Beach (North Side of Sydney Harbour)
Diving off of Shelly
Beach in Manly is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
Diving at Gordon's
Bay and Bare Island (South Side of Sydney Harbour)
Gordon's bay (near
Coogee) has a course to dive into and swim around. Gordon's
Bay lies between Coogee and Clovelly and is a lovely place
above or below the water. Bare
Island may (near La Perouse) have some Sea Horses left. Sadly
their numbers are on the decline - 6 females to every male
(the males are distinguishable by their large
inspired (?) you may want to learn how to:
Day At Royal Randwick Races - Royal
If you happen to
be here on the first Tuesday in November then its Melbourne
Cup day. Melbourne has a holiday (yes to celebrate a horse
race) whilst Sydney has a party. Whilst not a big racing fan
or 'punter' myself it is a 'huge' day.
- Rosehill Racecourse
French connection. History La bounds at Perouse but sadly
so does the container terminal on the opposite side of the
bay. Still well worth the visit.
There is an historical bush walk which will take you to the
La Perouse Museum, La Perouse Monument as well as the fortifications
at Henry Head and the scenery around Pussycat Bay and Cape
that a 'Snake Man' performs at La Perouse on Sundays - best
ask the locals when you get there as sounds doubtful to me.
If he does exist let us know what you think. Catch the 393
and 394 to get to La Perouse.
of La Perouse
88 Bare Island
A fort not a nudist
colony but I doubt if anyone will object if you're brave enough
to start a trend. Bare Island is a footbridge away from La
Island - More Info
For cycling, rollerblading
and even horse riding away from serious Sydney traffic - you
could do far worse than Centennial Park. Centennial Park is
a lovely place so please take some time out from whizzing
around it to stroll around the lakes and count the number
of different birds. Centennial Park has a cafes / restaurant,
a Kiosk (weekends) and is home to the outdoor Moonlight Cinema
during the summer.
Centennial Park Web site Link
Clovelly is a small
family friendly ocean beach in the Eastern Suburbs half an
hours walk from Coogee. Extended breakwaters and gently sloping
beach makes Clovelly great for swimming, snorkeling, paddling
and for kids of all sizes. A relatively new cafe nearby and
the Clovelly Hotel adds to Clovelly appeal.
Sunday nights -
live music followed by a free bus to the Place Hotel in Coogee
for a boogie. Alternatively, enjoy a tasty but reasonably
priced lunch. The Clovelly Hotel is one of Sydney's better
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