For the last week (Sunday to Friday), I was sent down to Sydney for a work trip. My hotel was much better than usual - I was staying at Coogee Beach, straight across the road from the ocean! A beautiful spot - and after the last month or so of constant grey, rainy weather in Brisbane, the opportunity for a post-walk beach swim everyday was very exciting.
So the plan was to do a couple of walks! I figured a couple of long walks (not strolls, but pushing myself) would do the trick, and give the legs some different training stimulus to cope with.
Fortunately, Coogee was the perfect launch point for the Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk route.
On Sunday, I spent a couple of hours walking from Coogee to Tamarama Beach and back again. This was a stunningly beautiful walk, following the cliff edges and coastline on a well-marked pathway. It was challenging in spots too, with some massive long stairways taking you up and down the cliff faces. It was hard to pick a favourite part of this walk, but Gordons Bay was a highlight as it seemed like such a secret, hidden spot that was a surprise to come across.
Later in the week, I headed in the opposite direction, and walked the Coogee to Maroubra Beach trail - another solid 2-hours. While this pathway wasn't quite as pretty - it used a few backstreet detours and I thought Maroubra was a bit of a hole - it still had some beautiful sections. The highlight was definitely Lurline Bay, a rocky inlet where you had to scramble along the surf-beaten rocks to rejoin the path at the far end.
The Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk stretches from Bondi to Maroubra, passing through Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee beaches along the way. Definitely the best section is Bondi to just south of Coogee. If you find yourself out that way with a few hours to spare, I would highly recommend it!!