Coogee Beach is a popular Sydney area beach that appropriately calls the beachside suburb of Coogee home. A cliff walk leads to nearby Bondi beach, which is arguably the most popular of all the Sydney beaches. At Coogee Beach, the soft, golden sand curves around a small body of water that is part of the larger Tasman Sea. The bay is often relatively calm, thanks in part to Wedding Cake Island, which provides shelter from rougher seas. As such, Coogee Beach is usually a great place to swim, and when the waves do kick up, you're likely to see some surfers working on their skills.
Thanks to the fact that Coogee Beach is long and wide, it can accommodate a healthy number of people. This doesn't mean that it doesn't get crowded, however. Many Sydney tourists flock to this pleasant beach, partly because it is only about five miles from the Central Business District (CBD). Backpackers are particularly fond of this stretch of sand because of the cheap hotels and lodging options that can be found close by. The hotels near Coogee Beach include a few backpacker hostels, and it's also worth noting that the community features backpacker support agencies, not to mention Internet cafes and travel guides.
Backing Coogee Beach is an attractive walking and jogging path, and visitors who get hungry or thirsty can walk to a number of nearby cafes, restaurants, and bars. A variety of lovely coastal trails can also be found in the immediate area, and they not only offer excellent views of the sea. They also feature free barbecue areas and picnic facilities. Green parkland can also be found along the coastal trails, and there are a few play areas for kids. Down at the beach, swimming and surfing aren't the only activities of choice. Visitors can also do some snorkeling at Gordon's Bay, which can be found on the north side. It is also possible to snorkel at the small reefs that can be found on the beach's southern end. Worth noting is the fact that Coogee Beach drops off rapidly. When the surf is up, this can present dangerous conditions, so you will want to keep that in mind when planning a visit.
Coogie Beach can be a great place to spend the better part of the day when the Sydney sun is hot. The beach and the community that it calls home are both pleasant and relaxing, and there is more than enough in the way of accommodations if you want to stay close by. The Coogee Beach accommodations include more than just a few hostels. Both the Coogee Bay Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach are worth considering if you are interested in staying at a more complete hotel, and there are a number of holiday apartments and other vacation rental properties in the vicinity for those who prefer going the home away from home route.
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