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Sydney/Coogee

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Coogee [1] is a very popular beachside suburb in Eastern suburbs of Sydney, the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales It is very popular with backpackers and a great place to visit, however it is also a quite family suburb with a population of around 14,000 people.

Understand[edit]

After Bondi Beach, Coogee [2]is probably the most popular of Sydney's beaches that face the Pacific Ocean and back on to the City's Eastern Suburbs. Coogee Beach is not a surfing beach as it is know for its dumping waves. Even for beginners the waves would usually not be suitable.

Check out the Coogee Beach website for more information and photos. [3].

Get in[edit]

  • By Plane

The nearest airport is Sydney Airport which is around 20 mins away. There are flights to 90 Destinations including North American and Asian hubs as well as flights to European hubs with a stopover in Asia or the Middle East. There are local flights to Australian cities and many Pacific islands.

  • By Car
  • From City 20 mins via Oxford St, Finders St, Anzac Parade, Alison Rd, Carrington Rd and Coogee Bay Rd. It can get busy during peak times so give yourself up to 45 mins.
  • From Airport 20 mins via Qantas Dr, Joyce Dr, General Holmes Dr, Southern Cross Dr, South Dowling St, Dacey Ave, Alison Rd and then follow the route from the city
  • Petrol Available from Shell on South Dowling St, Caltex and Shell on Alison Rd and from Caltex on Coogee Bay Rd.
  • By Bus

The only public transport in Coogee is bus.

  • Routes 313, 314 Use for Bondi Jn to connect to trains.
  • Route 353 Southbound for Eastgardens and Northbound for Bondi Jn
  • Route 362 Use for Bondi Beach (Weekends Only, Now Terminated)
  • Route 370 Use it to go to the hospital or Uni.
  • Routes 372, 374, M50 Use for Cental or Surry Hills.
  • Route 373 Use for Randwick Shops and City.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Coogee Beach Popular with families and backpackers. It is relatively protected but quite often has a dangerous shore break and rip currents.
  • 2002 Bail Bombing Memorial The northern headland of Coogee preserves the solitary doorway of the old Giles Gym and Baths, now completely demolished after standing in ruins for many years. The area is now known as "Dolphin Point", the old gym doorway and a 4 metre high bronze sculpture nearby serving as a powerful memorial to 20 of the Australian victims of the 2002 Bali bombing [4], residents of Coogee and neighbouring suburbs, including 6 members of the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League team.
  • Surf Life Savers Memorial Located on the promanade at the southern end of Coogee Beach this statue is a memorial to lifesavers who were lost in the war.
  • Surrounding Cliffs and rock platforms Coogee is surrounded by some amazing features on the rock platforms, these include caves and massive boulders which have fallen from cliffs.

Do[edit][add listing]

Wedding Cake Island and Coogee Beach swimmers on an overcast day
  • Beach activities - Coogee Beach is a relatively safe swimming beach, sited in a somewhat protected bay. Wedding Cake Island, approximately 400m offshore (and the inspiration for a classic Midnight Oil instrumental) is a rocky reef that helps shelter the beach. An ocean pool lies at the southern end of the beach which is popular for small children. Coogee beach is patrolled by council lifeguards throughout the year and also by volunteer surf lifesavers during the summer months. In larger surf, there can be a dangerous shore break and coastal rips, and there are sometimes blue-bottle jellyfish, particularly when there is a north-east wind. Note that the beach itself drops off rapidly at the edge of the water, which can result in a dangerous shore break particularly when the surf is large. The combination of this shore break and high visitor numbers mean that Coogee has more spinal injuries than any other Australian beach. If you are inexperienced in large surf, wait for a calmer day! (or head down to the ocean pool....)
  • Coogee Bowling and Tennis Club - a popular place to play social tennis or an afternoon of bowling. The bowling club also has space to host parties and a bar. Located on Dolphin St.
  • Yoga Classes - the Living Room located at 62 Carr St, above Barzura, offers a range of yoga classes for all levels.
  • Cliff top walk, Bondi to Coogee walk[5] - a popular walking track between Coogee and Bondi takes you past most of the city beaches, and along some spectacular clifftops.

A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. All beaches offer picnic shelters, electric barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. The walk is not difficult, there are medium gradient paths and several staircases with occasional seating. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra. The Bondi to Tamarama walk is the venue for the Sculpture by the Sea ,Tamarama Beach and Mackenzie’s Point is a favorite with surfers and Bronte Beach is popular with families. A board walk takes you past Waverley Cemetery, the most scenic burial ground in the world. Swim snorkel or dive at Clovelly Beach and Gordon’s Bay. Enjoy the cafes and Wylie’s Bath at Coogee. If you like you can continue to Maroubra Beach via the Lurline Bay wetlands. Make sure you wear comfy shoes, bring a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and water.

  • Wylies Baths This ocean pool at the southern headland of Coogee Beach is popular with locals and tourists alike. It has a raised deck which offers spectacular views back to Coogee Beach and coastal cliffs surrounding. The deck has a kiosk and is often used for functions. There is a also a massage service which operates during summer. A small fee is charged for entry, but is well worth it for the unsurpassed views and experience!
  • Grant Reserve This park caters for those looking to relax or to do some fitness or sports training. There is also a large children's playground with extensive play equipment including a rope climbing structure, which gives this are of the park its nickname "spider park". It is located to the south of the beach with access off Beach St.
  • Gordon's Bay [6]- ( Also has a local nickname - Thomo's the origin comes from the bay also formerly being known Thompson's Bay) . ) a small rocky inlet just north of Coogee Beach, accessed from the cliff walk, popular for snorkeling (there is an underwater snorkel trail there for the adventurous) and (ahem) nude sunbathing and everything that that might entail! Parents beware!
  • Randwick Rugby - Coogee is the location of the home ground of Randwick Rugby Union Club, one of the main teams in the Sydney rugby union football competition. Alternate weekends see Randwick and an opposing team battle it out on Coogee Oval, just over the road from the beach - a great way to spend a winter afternoon!
  • Go Into City - You can also catch a bus into the city and see the Opera House and Harbor Bridge or go to Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Centre on a wet day.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Woolworths Supermarket - Main supermarket for everything you would need. Located on Coogee Bay Rd in the shopping centre.
  • Maloneys Grocer - An independent boutique grocer. 214 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Surf Shop - Get all your beach gear. It is located at 228 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Bakers Delight - Local Bakery located at 232 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Newsagent - Newspaper and Stationary. Located in The Shopping Centre Near Woolworths.
  • Blooms Chemist - Sun Safe Wear and pharmaceuticals. Located at 202 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Flight Centre - Travel Agent. Located at 200 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Coogee Post Office - Stationary and Postal Needs. (Postcode 2034) It opens Seven Days and is located at 120 Brook St.
  • San Sebastian - Local Boutique Clothes Shop which will keep you looking fashionable whilst strolling along the beach promenade. Located at 220 Coogee Bay Rd
  • Citymart - convenience store - Three locations along Coogee Bay Rd

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Chilli Box - Thai restaurant, Located on Coogee Bay Rd
  • Barzura - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this is a locals favourite. Located at 62 Carr St, you should make reservation for dinner in summer as it can get very busy. Tel +61 (02) 9665 5546
  • Fish Called Coogee - Don't Get fish and chips from the beachside kiosks wander up to this Balinese stlye grilled seafood place located at 229 Coogee Bay Rd and experience the best seafood in Coogee. You choose your own seafood and watch it cooked in font of you. Tel +61 (02) 9664 7700.
  • Sushi Goi - Local sushi train is a must try with the best sushi in town. Located at 230 Coogee Bay Rd. Tel 041 679 5888
  • Churrasco - The best BBQ banquet in the Sydney Area. Located at 240 Coogee Bay Rd. Tel +61 (02) 9665 6535
  • Melonhead - Local Juice Bar and also does coffee. Located at 256 Coogee Bay Rd. Tel +61 (02) 9664 3319
  • Gusto - Popular local café on Coogee Bay Rd
  • Fast Food Outlets - There are McDonalds (Arden St), Oporto and Subway (Both Dolphin St) outlets around the Coogee area and get quite crowed so turnover of food is usually quite good.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Coogee Bay Hotel [7], corner of Coogee Bay Road and Arden Street (opposite the beach) - Tel +61 (02) 9665 0000 located at 253 Coogee Bay Rd. It also has a family bistro and TAB facilities.
  • The Palace [8], on Dolphin St at the northern end of the beach.
  • The Legion Club With balcony overlooking coogee beach the legion has long been the secret watering hole of coogee locals. Cheap drinks and a relaxed atmosphere, midweek trivia and live music at weekends the legion is an attractive alternative to people of all ages.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is the main large hotel in the Coogee area located at 252 Arden St [9] Tel +61 2 9315 7600
  • Park Beachside Real Estate - Holiday & Executive Apartments [10], 190 Arden Street, tel +61 2 9315 7777, email coogee@parkbeachside.com.au
  • Coogee Sands Hotel and Apartments [11], 161-167 Dolphin Street, tel 02 9665 8588, fax 02 9664 1406
  • Dive Hotel, 234 Arden Street, +61 02 9665 5538, [12].  edit
  • Coogee Bay Hotel [13], Hostel Style located above the Bar. Tel +61 (02) 9665 0000 located at 253 Coogee Bay Rd


Contact[edit]

  • Telstra Pay phones There are a couple of Telstra Pay Phones in the Coogee area. The charge is 50cents for 60 seconds for a call within 100kms or 30 seconds for mobiles and Long distance calls.

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