From Bondi to Coogee
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
— Buddha

I can be an incredibly lazy traveler at times. For Australia, I didn’t make plans outside of eating food, exploring neighborhoods and snapping photos. I originally planned to be solo for most of my journey, but so many friends, new and old, dropped in that I never really had a chance to be alone. My Australian leg would be the first time in awhile where I can truly be solo. I can be in the present, yet I can be lost in the depths of my own thoughts at the same time. Australia was transitioning from spring to summer, as the moody gray clouds gave way to clear blue skies.

Instead of exploring the city, my Sydney friend recommended that I take a bus to Bondi Beach and stroll along the coastline from Bondi to Coogee. I packed my camera and tripod into my backpack and took the bus from downtown to the Pacific Coast. 

Bondi Beach reminded me a lot about Santa Monica. Compared to their urban neighbors in the Central Business District, the Bondi locals were warm, friendly and laid-back. It was nearly impossible to find a Bondi local who wasn’t smiling. Who can blame them? They live next to one of the most beautiful, iconic beaches in the world.

I started the walk in the morning, and it took several hours to reach the end. I have traveled to many places around the world, but Australia was never top of mind as a go-to destination for scenic coastlines, pristine beaches and dramatic sunrises. This coastline hike was a great introduction to what I was missing all my life.

This walk was the highlight of my Sydney trip. The ocean blues and expansive beaches rivaled some of the most storied beaches in Thailand, Indonesia and California. The trail is only six kilometers long, but I paused quite a few times to enjoy the stunning views from the top of the cliffs. There are a few smaller beaches along the way where a few surfers would catch some waves.

I recommend starting the walk in the morning to avoid the crowds. There are many cafes, restrooms, and benches if you want to take a break.