I was travelling with two of our group, and our plan was to fly into Sydney and walk the picturesque coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. We booked into the Y Hotel mid morning, which is situated in a central part of Sydney, close to transport. By chance we met up with another two of our group who had already had a day in Sydney and just returned from a harbour cruise. Our ranks swelled to 5.
|Lunch at Watsons Bay, NSW|
|Percy Pelican and friends|
|A view from Watsons Bay with Sydney Harbour Bridge in background|
Having purchased senior day passes from a local convenience store which enabled us to travel on all modes of public transport for a very moderate price, we headed for Watsons Bay, which affords spectacular ocean and harbour views. This was to be a relaxing, tourist day out, walking, taking in what the busy metropolis of Eastern Sydney suburbanites had to offer. We started by having fish and chips, sitting on the seawall and feeding the pelicans and seagulls the leftovers . Unfortunately, for the poor marine birds, our lunch was so fresh and nice that there were few scraps to offer. Wildlife lovers would probably say that was a good thing, personally, I think it would be far more palatable than discarded plastic bags and fishing line, however.......
It's not all surf and seascapes at Bondi Beach - there is a wonderful display of street art along the promenade. if nothing else, it certainly is a conversation maker with both tourist and locals alike.
|Icebergs Club on the southern end of Bondi Beach|
We left one of our group at Icebergs as she was starting to have problems with her knee and decided to use the time swimming and we continued the coastal cliff walk to Coogee Beach, electing to meet up with us for a drink on our return.
|Inside a small sandstone cave|
|The small but beautiful Tamarama Beach|
The walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach is probably in the realm of the great walks to be had in Sydney, of which there are many. Although the weather was threatening at the time, the rain held off and we really enjoyed the walk. Unfortunately, we were running out of time and decided to turn around at Bronte Beach and returned to The Icebergs.
|Ben Buckler as seen from The Icebergs Club|
Having met up with our fifth member, we ensconced ourselves on the deck at Icebergs and indulged in some amber, liquid refreshment whilst watching the waves crash onto the shoreline. What a way to relax before starting on a week long bike adventure the following day.
Bondi to Coogee walk: http://www.sydney.com/things-to-do/nature-and-parks/walks/bondi-to-coogee-coastal-walk?gclid
Y Hotel: yhotels.com.au/
Watsons Bay: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watsons_Bay,_New_South_Wales
The Gap: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gap_(Sydney)
Bondi Beach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondi_Beach,_New_South_Wales
Tamarama Beach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamarama,_New_South_Wales
Bronte Beach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronte_Beach
Coogee Beach: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coogee,_New_South_Wales
Icebergs Swimming Club: http://icebergs.com.au/
LIST OF CYCLING MAPS WITH JIMMY BEE: http://jimmyb9.blogspot.com.au/
Cheers and safe riding,