Clovelly Beach to Bondi

I began this popular cliff-top walk from Clovelly after taking a bus from the city (#339 ) to Clovelly beach. Walking down past a little cafe, the Seasalt Café and Kiosk, and public toilets which overlook the beach brings you to a footpath and the beach. A group of males were frolicking in the water in their budgy-smugglers, not sure who they are but they certainly had a few muscles between them 🙂


Budgie Smugglers

The walk from Clovelly to Bondi is about 4 km but there are quite a lot of steps and stairs on this route. Clovelly beach is a popular swimming and snorkelling spot and home to a fish called the blue grouper that is affectionately protected by the locals.

My first stop was at Waverley cemetery which may boast the world’s most scenic location.

Then on to Bronte beach. The ocean pool is very popular with children as is the sea-themed playground.


The path continues across the beach to Tamarama nicknamed by locals as Glamarama because of the bronzed and buffed bodies to be found there. En route you pass crumbling apartment blocks and multimillion dollar mansions.

Continuing along the very interesting sandstone cliffs sculptured by the sea and wind, you reach Mackenzies Point where there is a well-placed lookout point.


The coastal path then continues down to the Bondi Icebergs Club, so called because members swim all year round in its saltwater pool. Climbing up the last of the steps brings you to the southern end of Bondi’s beach and a bus ride back to the city.


This is a classic Sydney beach experience. Think stunning ocean views, invigorating salt air and the opportunity to cool off in the salt water pools along the way.


If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

37 thoughts on “Clovelly Beach to Bondi”

  1. We are in the middle of a spectacular snow storm and your photos of the beach and beautiful views are like balm for the soul right now!! You make me want to go back to Australia!!

    1. Snow storms are so far from my mind though I believe the UK is heading for one this weekend! I shall be making the most of the Sydney sunshine though they too have experienced storms whilst I have been in NZ. Australia has so much to offer I think you can return many times and see something different on each visit.

  2. We had dinner in a lovely spot overlooking Bondi beach when we visited Australia and it was beautiful. How nice to see that the beauty just goes one and on! Thanks for the beautiful tour!

  3. I had to look up the term “budgy-smugglers.” I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, and this beach tour stoked the flames of desire even more. And no, I won’t say “budgy-smugglers” and “desire” in the same sentence. Oh wait…

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