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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

North Devon: Clovelly

The other must-do in North Devon is a visit to the village of Clovelly, where you have to park (and pay) to enter at the top of the village. Like Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, this village is inaccessible by car. Originally the main occupation of the village was fishing – for mackerel and herring. Nowadays the fishing is only done on a limited, sustainable basis and the main income is from tourism. The steep and uneven cobbled streets run down to the harbour where you can visit the Red Lion Hotel for a welcome drink or food or grab a snack from the Quay Shop or Seafood Shop. You can hop on a Land Rover for the return trip if you don’t feel like hiking al the way back to the top! At a price, of course. And you can get a ferry from here out to Lundy Island, that lump of rock seen in the background of some of my photos in this region where the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel. Continue reading North Devon: Clovelly