Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

 I love a long walk - I just find them so satisfying. While I'm usually down to explore a new-to-me neighborhood or wander aimlessly through Sydney CBD, I do have a list of treks and hikes I want to take and I was finally able to cross the famed Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk off my list yesterday. This trail runs between two of Sydney's most popular beaches, with four smaller beaches inbetween. Click through for some thoughts and photos from my journey.
Now, believe it not, I've only been to Bondi once before. That's shameful, considering I've lived in Sydney for a couple years. Even worse? I'd never actually been to Bondi Beach - I only ended up in the suburb so I could check out a Russian deli in the area. I was right by the most famous beach in Australia, and I was more concerned with getting a slice of halva (because homesickness can be a bitch). That had to change! We'd been planning this trip for a while now, but it always got shelved for one reason or another - one of us couldn't make it, money was tight, the weather wasn't great -there was always something. On Saturday night, Morgan and I had a 'fuck it' moment, and decided we were going to Bondi the next day no matter what. Turned out we didn't pick the best day. We woke up to an overcast morning, and though there were a few brief intervals of sunshine throughout the afternoon, it was a mostly cloudy, kinda humid, slightly hot day. Getting to Bondi from where we live in Western Sydney was an adventure in and of it's self. Morgan and I woke up at 8 to catch two trains (both of which were extra full of hell children) and bus, arriving in Bondi at 11:30. We strolled from one end of the iconic beach to the other, before properly starting the trail.
 The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk technically starts at the famous Bondi Icebergs Pool. If you've seen anyone's Instagram after a trip to Sydney, you've almost definitely seen these salt water pools -  they're a definite staple of the city. I was surprised at how reasonably priced admission is ($6.50AUD/adult), and I'm very tempted to spend an afternoon here. 
 The trail properly starts right beyond the pools, and immediately the views are amazing. Cliffs, rock pools, and massive houses you could only dream to live in as far as the eye can see. I was surprised at how many people were also taking the trail, considering the weather. The small crowd was a nice mix of Aussies going about their day, German tourists, and a few fellow Russians. I had lots of good boy sightings as well. I compiled a little list of all the dog breeds I spotted during my walk, and I was even privileged enough to pat a friendly Dalmatian.
The first stop is Tamarama beach. Morgan and I were surprised at how quickly we got here (and consequently underestimated the length of the rest of the walk). Tamarama is pretty much a smaller, quieter version of Bondi, and it's only about a 15 minute walk away. It's not really the style of beach I like to hang out at, but it seems to offer good surf if that's what you're into. 
 Waverly Cemetery is about the midway point on the walk. This is easily the most unique stop on the trail, considering how uncommon cemeteries are here out west. Waverly Cemetery was full of so many interesting one-of-a-kind grave stones and statues that date back into the 1800s, and it offers a beautiful but kind of haunting view of the Pacific Ocean. 
 Gordon's Bay was my favorite stop along the way. The water was the most beautiful shade of teal and incredibly clear. I wish I'd been able to capture the reef a better, but the time I was so mesmerized by the color of the water, and the stacks of boats that lined the beach. The sun decided to peek out, so we stopped here to snack on some carrots and oranges and take in the view.
After nearly two hours we finally made in to Coogee, which is just as lively as Bondi, if not even more so! A sand soccer tournament and small street fair were taking place, and the beach was packed with people. Morgan and I grabbed a quick lunch before wandering the suburb's streets. We sat on the beach for half an hour's worth of rest before starting back. 
 Exploring rock pools is my favorite part of the beach, so we stopped to explore in several places. These cliffs near Waverly offered the most interesting pools, and were easy to climb down to the water level. My photos definitely didn't do this area justice, but I was too interested in observing the little lives inside the rock pools. Knowing so many creatures live their whole lives in such small holes always leaves me with a sense of introspection. I know how cliche that sounds, but it's true. 
The sun was starting to set when we made it back to Tamarama, and the golden hour made the view in all directions so much more beautiful. We stopped on the rocks for a few minutes to look back on how far we'd walked. We fantasized about living in the eastern beach suburbs, and talked about how much better our lives would be if we lived right on the coast. When rent out this way starts off at triple what we already pay per week, it's wishful thinking, but fun to talk about. 
Back in Bondi, we topped off the trip with a shared scoop of Ben&Jerry's A Cookie Affair before hopping the bus back to Bondi Junction. The train ride home was mostly quiet; we chatted about our favorite parts of the day, reviewed our photos, and eventually took turns dozing on each other's shoulders. By the time we made it home it was nearly 9pm, we'd walked a total of 22km (13.5miles) and were well exhausted, but I have to say that this was our best Sunday out in a long time. 

How did you spend your weekend? 

Some photos courtesy of Morgan, used with his permission.

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