The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk had been high on my list of things to do in Sydney and until last weekend I couldn’t believe I still hadn’t got round to it. During my usual search for weekend activities, I came across Sculpture By The Sea, a free public exhibition that runs along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach, before you reach Coogee. The forecast was promising warm and sunny spells so our Sunday plans were sorted.
Sculpture by the sea
This fun little exhibition, hosted along Sydney’s 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, is an annual, not for profit sculpture display by artists from around Australia and the globe. The exhibition is on until tomorrow, 9th November. I know, why didn’t I write this sooner? The good news is the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in itself is well worth doing anyway, plus it’s good to know it’s on every year for visitors to Sydney in October or November. It also runs in Cottesloe, Perth on other dates earlier in the year.
~ Bondi Beach views on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk
Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk
The Bondi to Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee walks begin at the legendary Icebergs Swimming Club. If you’re facing the sea then it’s to your right. The official Bondi to Coogee walk website states that it takes 25 minutes to walk it to Tamarama including stops and taking into account some steep steps. I’d say this was pretty accurate, even with all the exhibition goers. The walk offers incredible views of the popular Bondi Beach and all the surfers.
~ Sculpture By The Sea
As you can see from the trail of people, it turns out everyone in Sydney had the same idea to see the exhibition on this warm and sunny Sunday. If I hadn’t been working I would have opted to do it on a weekday! The paths can get quite narrow and with everyone stopping to take photos, me included of course 😉 , it did get a bit crowded. About halfway way along you get to an open area of grass on the top of a cliff for a breather and things get a bit more spacious after that.
~ More sculptures on the cliffs
Bondi vs Tamarama beach
I was excited to see what was around the corner at Tamarama as I’m keen to explore more of Sydney’s beaches. Tamarama is a cute and quieter little cove. It still has surfing conditions but is definitely not as popular as the bigger Bondi. Just before we got to Tamarama, the weather made a turn for the worse and a typical Sydney storm starting rolling in. I’ll have to save relaxing there and maybe going for a swim for next time! I’m also looking forward to walking further along the coast to Coogee.
~ Sculpture at the top of the cliffs overlooking Tamarama as a storm rolls in!
One of the things I love most about Sydney is the public transport, seriously. It’s quick, cheap (by Australian standards), clean and efficient. It’s usually pretty easy to get to anywhere around the city and Bondi is no exception. Just hop on a train to Bondi Junction and take a bus down to the beach. A little tip for when the bus queues at Bondi Junction are crazy busy is to always check the route on google maps in case there is a different bus route you can take from nearby.
There is a handy bus stop at the top of Tamarama beach taking you back to Bondi Beach or Bondi Junction station.
Would you do the walk from Bondi to Tamarama? What’s one of your favourite coastal walks?