TRAVEL

Make a bee­line for Syd­ney’s awe­some Coogee to Bondi coastal walk.

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En­joy the coastal cool of Syd­ney’s most iconic walk.

DID YOU KNOW: one of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar out­door ac­tiv­i­ties is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, good for the body and soul and ab­so­lutely free of charge? Yes, it’s the Bondi To Coogee coastal walk in Syd­ney… ex­cept in our case, we’re do­ing it in the re­verse di­rec­tion, be­gin­ning at the south­ern end, at Coogee Beach, prob­a­bly the sec­ond­most-fa­mous beach in Syd­ney.

The walk, which fol­lows the coastal cliffs, is 6km long and mostly gen­tle and un­du­lat­ing, though there are oc­ca­sional hilly bits and flights of steps. It’s also thank­fully non-com­mer­cial, with just the odd kiosk or cafe at beach lo­ca­tions. (There are in­ter­mit­tent pub­lic bub­blers, but do take wa­ter.) It’s fun to pass through in­ter­est­ing sea­side neigh­bour­hoods, se­cluded coves like Gor­don’s Bay (pop­u­lar with divers), ex­pan­sive grassy ar­eas and high places where, be­tween May and Septem­ber and with a lit­tle pa­tience, you might spot mi­grat­ing hump­back whales.

You’ll pass Clovelly Bowl­ing Club, where you can en­joy a middy or two and maybe play bare­foot bowls ($15 a ses­sion with tu­ition in­cluded), and the spook­ily beau­ti­ful Waver­ley Ceme­tery. Al­low a cou­ple of hours for the walk; and if you’re tuck­ered out, get the 362 bus back to Coogee at the end.

Old timer Wylie’s Baths is a Coogee in­sti­tu­tion and open every day of the year.

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