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Sydney day trip: Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Sydney day trip: Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

One of the most beautiful walks I’ve done, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is one full of breathtaking scenery. Winding around the eastern Sydney coastline along the South Pacific Ocean, the walk provided masses of inspiration for my prints and homeware.

Getting to Bondi

During our stay in Sydney, we were based near Kings Cross in Sydney and it was super easy to get to Bondi. We took a train to Bondi Junction followed by a bus to Bondi beach and began our walk at the far end of the beach. It was pouring with rain when we arrived, not at all like the typical Sydney postcards you see!

View of Bondi Beach Sydney with buildings on the hills in the background.

The scale of Bondi beach is breathtaking - it’s much wider and longer than you realise. The rainy weekday morning meant the beach was pretty quiet so we could really get a feel for the scale.

We picked up the coastal walk, passing the famous Bondi Icebergs pool complex (what a place to swim!), passing incredible sandstone cliffs that were full of layers of colour and texture.

Colours-and-layers-in-sandstone-cliffs-jutting out over horizon along-Sydney coastal-walk
Towns, cliffs and beaches along the Sydney coastal walk

The trail took us past Tamarama beach and Bronte beach (our favourite) - little shelters dotted the grassy stretch on one side of the promenade, a huge expanse of sandy beach on the other. We headed on into Waverley Cemetery - at the time we went, the coastal path was being repaired, so we took a detour right through the cemetery itself which was such a tranquil place.

Looking down at soft sandy beach with grassy park and buildings set into the cliffs in the distance

We followed the trail right to the end, finishing with a drink at the beautiful Coogee Pavilion rooftop terrace, overlooking the beach. By this time, the sun had come out - gone were the grey clouds, blue skies filling our vista.

Two cocktails sit on a tiled wall of a rooftop bar, with a view of a sandy beach and grassy banks.

The colours I picked up on during the walk were the deep blues of the ocean, those pure blue skies (when the sun did come out!), creamy neutrals and earthy pinks in sandstone layers. These all fed into my prints inspired by the walk, which you can see below.

A collage of four photos along the Sydney coastal walk and two illustrations inspired by the walk. The images are overlaid with painted brushstrokes that pick out colours in the photos to show their link to the illustrations.

Prints inspired by the Bondi to Coogee walk:

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