Thursday, January 26, 2017

Little Feet goes Bondi

This title is one of the comments I received when people knew I was given the opportunity to work in Sydney. Shameful me, I made it come true only after more than 1 month staying here.

Our schedule for the day: walking from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. 6 km walk on a sunny sunny day, it's no joke.

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk extends from Bondi Iceberg to Coogee Beach passing through Mackenzie Point, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Waverley Cemetery and Clovely Beach. In this coastal walk, the view of the eastern beaches and cliffs is offered to whoever dare to walk on it.

We started our journey by taking the train on Eastern Suburb and Illawara Line to Bondi Junction and continue on bus to Bondi Beach. We hopped out of the bus as soon as we saw the beach, we were too excited! 

Our first stop was the incredibly delicious deep fried Mars bar sold by one of the most crowded fish and chips shop. It cost AUD 4.5 (~SGD 5), 50 cents more expensive than 3 years ago. The Mars bar is well battered and deeply fried, it melts when you bite it. I can literally taste it while typing this. Yum.

Then we had our lunch and our coffee before we moved on.

Beach! Hooray!

They forget to write 'incredibly' on the sign


More yum!

Steak and burger, so Australian!

Coffee, for the energy to walk

Crossing the road, we reached entirely different world. Many people were lying on the beach, many people were playing in the water, many people, many many people.

Approaching Bondi Beach

Bondi Pavilion

People, people and more people

We walked towards Bondi Iceberg, the starting point of Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Bondi Iceberg is a swimming club that holds the famous Bondi Baths for more than 100 years. People are free to swim in the 50m lap pool by paying the entrance fee to the club.

From Bondi Iceberg, we followed the footpath and there's no turning back!

Walking towards Bondi Icebergs

Bondi Baths at Bondi Icebergs
Our view

The footpath

Our first stop was Mackenzie Point, 500m away from Bondi Icebergs. Mackenzie Point is the viewing point of Tamarama on top of the cliff overlooking South Pacific Ocean.

Mackenzie Point

The grass patch, suitable for picnic

600m away from Mackenzie Point, there lies Tamarama Beach. We did not walk down to the beach but just passed by from the top of the cliff. Many people were seen lying and swimming around in this beach.

Walk to Tamarama

Walking down? Erm, no.

The view from the top is already stunning

Hello, People!

Less than 1 km walking from Tamarama Beach, we reached Bronte Beach. Bronte Beach is quite wide with a park and a bath within the premises. It was so hot on that day. Being Asian, we did not think twice to stop. We continued to walk, hoping some shaded footpath.

Bronte Beach

Bronte Bath

The next part of the walk was longer, tougher and more awkward. We walked nearly 2 km to Clovelly Beach, I guess. It was steeper and the sun shone stronger. It was tough.

The actual distance from Bronte Beach to Clovelly Beach is approximately 1.5 km by taking the coastal walk. However, there were some damage to the footpath or the fence that caused the area to be closed for repair. We were forced to take a reroute through Waverley Cemetery, instead. Weird? Yes, but this is definitely the most beautiful cemetery that I have ever seen.

The walk

And we  needed to climb to the top here to continue

Weverley Cemetery from afar

Beautiful, isn't it?

Apparently, there is an official name for this coastal walk

Clovelly Beach

I was not impressed with Clovelly Beach, perhaps due to the size and the colour of the water. We continued our journey on the last league to reach Coogee Beach for another 1.5 km. There is not much things to see along this stretch as the cliffs disappear and the land gets plainer. No more sandstone cliffs to see. We reached and walked through a park before finally find ourselves at Coogee Beach.

Gordon Bay, a tiny beach in between Clovelly Beach and Coogee Beach

The big and long long park

Finally Coogee Beach from afar

Coogee Beach

I did not enjoy the last 1.5 km of the walk. The sights were just boring and I was so exhausted by the strong sunshine. Usually I liked walking but the sun has beaten me up. I lost.

Shops at Coogee

Our prize for completing the walk

In my opinion, walking from Bondi to Bronte will be enough to enjoy the sight, probably to Clovelly if you want to experience walking through the cemetery. But the last stretch can be skipped actually. Anyway, no regret.

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

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