Beach in Sydney
Beach and Sydney's Eastern Suburbs
Bondi Beach and Sydney's
Eastern Suburbs is an area of outstanding natural beauty offering
the visitor many fabulous Sydney things to do and see. Bondi Beach
is Sydney's closest ocean beach to the City. Bondi is also one of
the few beach suburbs to boast a train station (Bondi Junction),
well almost, you still have bus some of the way.
Coogee, the second most
popular beach in the Eastern Suburbs, is (a long but pleasant) walking
distance from Bondi. Popular with backpackers Coogee has an atmosphere
and a vibrancy all of its own.
The relatively quieter
Maroubra Beach offers great surfing and a more traditional Australian
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 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.
Surf 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 the beach.
Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach
The walk from Bondi
to Coogee Beach is a bit of a classic. The walk is full off
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
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
Sexy Coogee Beach
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 Coogee No. 23
Sculptures By the Sea at 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 No. 46
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 No. 59
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
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 No. 75
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 No.87
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 visit No. 88 on the Top 100
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 No. 90
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
for more information No. 96