Turn right at Bondi Beach

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I was greeted by a very grey, overcast sky when I got off the bus at Bondi Beach. Although it’s nice to experience bright blue skies and sunshine, I didn’t intend to spend the day lounging on the beach sun-bathing or swimming or surfing in the sea. That isn’t particularly my style. I soon get bored sitting on the sand, even with a good book to read. I’d come to Bondi Beach as it’s one of those places you just have to be able to say you’ve been to when you’ve visited Sydney, but also because I planned to do something I do enjoy – taking a walk along the coast. There’s a good coastal path along the cliffs and across the sandy bays between Bondi and Coogee Beach, a 6 km walk.

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So although it was overcast it was pleasantly warm and a good day for a walk.

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It was quiet on the beach, probably due to the weather and as the main summer holidays hadn’t started, but there were still some people in the water, swimming and surfing.

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I stopped to look at some of the street art on the prom

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I set off heading south, taking the path that climbed up towards the cliffs. passing a penguin standing on the rocks

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After a short while I came to Tamara beach

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There were a few other people around enjoying the views

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Then on to Bronte Beach

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Where I stopped for a while enjoying the view while I has a “flat white”

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Then back on the path along the cliffs,

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passing Waverley cemetery

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not such a bad final resting place, although the residents can’t exactly enjoy the view.

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Carrying on along the cliffs

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at one point stopping for a chat with a fellow Rugby League fan, wearing a Penrith Panthers baseball cap, who was walking in the opposite direction.

On towards the next cove

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These houses must cost a few bob

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Coogee, my destination, started to come into view

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Along the sandstone cliffs

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The cloud was starting to clear

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On the cliffs overlooking Coogee beach there was a memorial to the Bali bomb victimes, a number who came from this area

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I started the descent to Coogee beach

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Looking back towards the coastal path

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Not long after reaching my destination the cloud had cleared

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This is what you imagine an Australian beach to look like!

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A good morning’s walk.

This is the route (from here)

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