Bondi to Coogee

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a cliff top walk that offers a combination of beaches, parks and ocean views. Whenever people come to visit me in Sydney it is one of the many things to do. This time I went with my flat mate because I knew that she would be impressed.

The whole walk is about 6km and I would definitely recommending planning the day in advance. Getting up early is never easy for me, but best to beat the harsh afternoon sun and go in the morning. If you plan it well (which we did), you could arrive in Coogee just about lunchtime to reward yourselves with a meal and drink at the Coogee Pavillion.

You can start the walk either from Coogee or Bondi. There are boardwalks for most of the trail, some parts hilly, plenty of starts and beautiful beaches to stop by for a dip in the water.

The fit and healthy locals use the path for their morning jogs whilst the majority of the people (like me) stroll through the local hotspot. The path is also known for seeing Sculptures by the Sea, which takes place in November each year.

The journey: Bondi Beach – Mackenzies Point – Tamarama Beach – Bronte Beach – Waverley Cemetary – Clovelly Beach – Gordons Bay – Coogee Beach.

For further information on the walk and other attraction, visit Sydney.com

Less in two hours, we arrived in Coogee!

Now for the reward. Enter Justin Hemmes newly opened Coogee Pavillion Rooftop, an eastern Mediteranean menu and refreshing beverages. The view is spectacular, a casual beach affair atmosphere and the food charcoaled to perfection by Executive Chef Jordan Toft’s.

With custom-made fabrics, artworks of exotic birds and tables painted by local artists. It is no mistake that the rooftop was designed to be shared amongst family and friends. Some say a fictional eccentric botanist who once lived upstairs uncovered by the mismatched Moroccan tiles, a lab or greenhouse retreat where he would entertain.

A menu devised of charred meats, smoked seafood, grilled vegetable and fresh salads. For lunch we ordered a few dishes to share and was recommended the following, which did not disappoint.

Crisp Lebanese bread with olive oil and za’atar.
Charred chicken wings, red chicken speice with yoghurt-pickle sauce
Charred octopus, harissa powder, burnt orange
Cucumbers, vinegar, dill, salt, sesame
Pavilion pimms cup
Innocent Bystander Rose

There is no doubt that in Sydney there is lots to do that may cost a penny. Why not do something free and spend a day exploring the connected beaches of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk and enjoy being outdoors.

Sydneysiders and travellers alike, this beachside venue is perfect for weekend and dinner catch-ups with Coogee shoreline at your view.

Coogee Pavilion
www.merivale.com.au/coofeerooftop
169 Dolphin St
Coogee NSW 2034
General enquiries: +61 (02) 9240 3000
Mon – Sun, 12pm – 12am
Booking unavailable, walk-ins only

Coogee Rooftop Food Menu
Coogee Rooftop Beer and Wine Menu
Coogee Rooftop Cocktail Menu

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