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. Love the modernist house shown. I could live in that.
    I was confused when I saw ‘Clovelly’. I thought you had come back to Devon!
    regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Yes I rather fancy that house too, but apparently sea-front properties cost several million dollars so I guess it’s not for either of us!

  2. You are absolutely tireless, Jude !!! – my compliments !
    I can only hope that you have some duds amongst your shots, for all these are marvellous ! I said it before, but I simply have to say it again – and with deep gratitude – you do us proud !

  3. My home turf! 🙂 You’ll be amused to know that Clovelly, budgie smugglers and the blue grouper fish appear in my novel “In Your Sights”. Looks like you had a great day for the walk.

    1. I believe I spelled that wrong – it should be budgy! But what do I know about these things…

      I shall have to read your novel now!

  4. This starts off very social, Jude, then you lose the stragglers along the way. It looks fabulous. I don’t need the bodies but I love all those rocky bits 🙂 Many thanks, darlin’ Enjoy your days in the sun! (or rain)

  5. So much to enjoy on this walk Jude, and so much local knowledge. Your pathways and stairs frame the view beautifully. the sea looks gorgeous – and it’s populated, unlike my south coast ocean. Thanks for taking me on a seaside walk. I lived in Sydney for the first 20 years of my life and return often but I’ve never walked this stretch. On the list!

    1. I prefer your part of the coast Meg. Though I can’t complain about the beaches around Sydney, they are all pretty stunning. How’s it going in Queensland? Hot I imagine!

      1. Hot but bearable: my elbows are smooth instead of crusty in the humidity. Granddaughter took me shopping for Bamaga wedding clobber yesterday, and we had a great yarn over lunch – after I’d side-swiped a bollard and needed to call the RACQ to change the tyre.

        I’m so glad you liked the south coast.

  6. Lovely photos Jude, every one will be wanting to come here after looking at your post, who can blame them!!! BTW I suppose you do know why they call the swimmers “budgie smugglers” don’t you???? lol

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