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Coogee Beach

Listed under City Beach in Sydney, Australia.

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It could be that Coogee is like Bondi used to be before all the tourists moved in, but that doesn't take into account surfing conditions, of which I know nothing.

Coogee requires a bit more commitment. You have to travel further from the centre of town – and on a bus – there aren't any trains out here. But when you arrive at the top of the hill leading down to the small scooped bay of gold and blue you'll hopefully feel the effort was worth it. All the way down the hill are bars, cafes and shops – Tropicana for breakfasts, killer smoothies and shakes or any meal really – and at the bottom is that expanse of grass you seem to find in front of Sydney beaches, like a sandy park or picnic area.

There's quite a lot of sand before the water, which is all the better to fit the crowds on the weekends, and the wall built in behind the sand does a good job of shielding the scantily dressed from cool breezes.

But the really nice thing about Coogee – if you don't count the three storey bar that's a refurbished aquarium and offers views out to sea, and a roof top BBQ terrace – is that there are lovely walks in both directions along the cliffs. If you're facing the water to your right your walk takes you past a children's playground then a naturist beach before hitting a wetlands walk along the cliffs. Smaller private pebbly bays line the coast between rocky outcrops teeming with interesting life just waiting for giant eyes and hands to go bothering. To your left you can walk along the cliff top to a memorial for the Coogee football team who were killed in the Bali Bombing and see some pretty dramatic waves verses rocks action at the right time of day. If you keep walking you'll get to the cemetery and finally Bondi where you can do a proper comparison and see which beach is best.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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