I have long planned to do this coastal walk. Both Bondi and Coogee are superb beach destinations, but it’s winter here in Down Under. No chance to sunbathe, swim or just beach bum. Or so we thought. At low temps, we made sure we’re all wrapped up for the beach walk too. But we’re really just speaking for ourselves.
I cannot, for the life of me, imagine how some of these Aussies can walk around in swimsuits and trunks. Completely oblivious to the chill! By the edge of the chilly waters, there were swimmers on a race in what I’d like to think is a heated pool. We passed them as we took a detour a bit off the coastal path which was under repair. Moving from beach to beach, we joined up with many walkers like us who had the same winter idea of adventure.
It was a good walk. A stretch of maybe 7 kms including the detours. My niece and I shed our jackets midway as we generated heat walking the first 3 kms. More beaches along the edge, including a cemetery. Odd. I can imagine how prized those condo units are by the coast, and so these memorial plots sit in truly high-priced real estate!
Before long, we were kinda sweating climbing up and down along the coast. We even passed men cleaning their fish catch while some others jogged by the side. The fresh air, aroma of fish catch, spray of salt and seawater all combined for an ultra-pleasant walk. Nearer to Coogee Beach, there were parks and children’s playgrounds as well as interesting sculptures. Drinking fountains all around so there was no need to bring a water bottle. Australia truly makes life good for its people!
By the time we reached Coogee Beach, we were ready for fish and chips, and more chips. JP McCaffrey’s Fish and Chips claims to rank among the Top 20 Fish & Chips in Sydney (per Daily Telegraph). I haven’t tried many, but I can’t complain. Besides, I do love fish and chips 😀