One of the largest cities in Australia, Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is popularly known for its iconic Opera House on the harbourfront. The waterside profile is enchanted by the presence of Circular Quay and the massive Darling Harbour, while the Harbour Bridge is itself an architectural masterpiece. Besides these regular tourist attractions, have you thought about venturing into the suburbs to get to know Sydney better? Use bus charter today and explore an interesting Sydney neighbourhood – Coogee!
Known as one of the Sydney’s oldest suburban beaches, Coogee is located towards the south-eastern part of Sydney’s Central Business District, 8 kilometres away to be exact. The thrilling shore-break along with a splendid coastline is a trademark of this vibrant beachside suburb. The spot is popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, walking, and people-watching on the pristine sands, while getting immersed in the beach culture at the heart of this suburb.
Coogee, which literally derived its name from an aboriginal word 'Koojah' meaning 'smelly place', came into existence as a village in 1838. It became popular as a seaside resort when it was connected by an electric tram line from Sydney in 1902. Because of the initial European settlement, there are a number of notable buildings and mansions that were erected in the earlier 20th century.
It’s fair to be described by many as the gem of Australia Eastern suburbs and is rated higher than the Bondi Beach, because of lush green surrounding hills, crystal clear waters and the relaxing lifestyle. To the east of the beachside is the magnificent Pacific Ocean, and then there is the fabulous snorkelling spot at the Clovelly beach, a couple of kilometres towards the north.
As you may have already estimated the charisma of this place, there is much more in store for you when you visit the suburb of Coogee. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do here!
Replenish your energy by exploring Sydney's stunning coastline as you leisurely stroll your way through a stretch of 6 km from the Bondi Beach to the Coogee Beach. The walk takes a couple of hours and you’ll be able to witness the nature parks, coastal views, rockpools and beaches along the path. Bondi Icebergs is the starting point, as you trek your way through the highest point of the walk at the Marks Park.
You’ll come across the Mackenzie’s Point Beach as you head towards Tamarama. Keep moving on the track to take the steep staircase once you reach Bronte Beach. Explore the scenic beauty from the cliff top, while also taking a rest at one of the Bronte’s cafes. Pass by the iconic Waverley Cemetery as you cross the Clovelly Beach following the cliff path, and finally enter the Coogee coastline.
Home to a wide range of cuisines offered by restaurants and bars, Coogee is an exquisite location for having an ideal meal, while enjoying the expansive views of the ocean. With a number of dining spots along the seaside and the main streets, you can give your taste buds a good dose of flavour while treating your eyes to a visual feast. Taste Japanese food at the Sushigoi, or the famous Brazilian BBQ at Churrusco or go Italian at La Spiaggia. If you are looking to cook freshly caught fish right at the water edge, you can avail the BBQ facility which is available free of cost. For those who prefer drinks, enjoy a glass of cocktail as you relax with the splendid views of the coastline from the rooftop bars.
Clovelly Beach falls right in between the Coogee and Bondi, and is a peaceful area with natural saltwater rockpools considered best for snorkeling. Get yourself equipped with a snorkel, a pair of flippers and a face mask to explore a huge range of aquatic creatures. This serene inlet also works like a giant aquarium where you can spot starfish, Port Jackson Shark, kelpfish, scalyfin, toadfish, cuttlefish, gropers and the popular Bluey or the Out of the Blue, which is also a special cuisine in many restaurants in Clovelly. This beach is an ideal site for both adults and kids to spend a wonderful day.
Coogee Beach is known for two of the oldest baths in the region. Mclvers Baths was built way back in the year 1886 and was previously used as a bathing spot only for women. Designated as the only children’s and women’s pool in the entire continent, Mclvers is perched on a rock platform and cliff front between the Wylies Baths and Coogee beachside. It has a clubhouse, changing rooms and sunbathing area made of brick.
Wylies Baths, located at a little distance towards the south of Coogee beach, were established by a legendary underwater swimmer, Henry Alexander Wylie, in 1907. It came as a response to the ever-increasing interest in seaside baths. You can enjoy the pristine waters of the ocean, or relax yourself with a comforting session of massage done by skilled professionals.
This playground has been designed in a way to look like a ship fastened up to a jetty, with decks, pylons, 7.5 meters high net representing the ship’s pole and climbing ropes. There are a range of play equipments from climbing walls and swings to a mini sandstone dial and boat shaped structure. Children can have fun climbing, while their parents can keep an eye from the surrounding area. The BBQ facilities along with family picnic tables make this venue worth a visit, if you are in Coogee.
If you want to experience a comfortable and convenient ride with your companions while exploring the suburb of Coogee, don’t forget to opt for a reputable bus charter service. Not only is it safer for you to commute, but it is also cheaper if you have a large travelling group.