Oh, Sydney, you cease to disappoint. I headed to Bondi Beach because everyone seemed to say, “you must go to Bondi Beach!” You can people watch and see the beaches! I’m not really a beach person, though I enjoy the scenery and the occasional down-time to read a book with toes in the sand. So admittedly, I went with low expectations, figuring it’d be overrun with tourists, crowded with beach-goers (it’s end of Summer) with uninspiring marine hues like our brownish waters of the Atlantic and its small waves.
Ok, I was so, so wrong. I did arrive by bus to their “boardwalk” and my initial impressions were
ringing true, though nicer. There were lots of people, a bit of a boardwalk with open-front restaurants and bars. There were lush grassy knolls in between the roadway and the sand. It was clean, not a scrap of paper, empty beer can or cigarette butt to be seen on the beach. Yay! I met my friend Rachel ‘at the pool’ that is supposedly the most iconic pool in the world as it sits on the beach against the ocean! It was really fun watching the waves crashing against the pool as swimmers swam laps, seemingly unfazed by the occasional splashes from the sea.
We set off to do what we planned, a 6-km (miles) walk to “Coogee Beach.” After the first turn around the first rocky crag, I was speechless. The water was incredibly rich in blues, aqua, and green hues. The sky was deep blue, and the rocks were wind-carved into very interesting formations. One can begin to understand how the early Aborigine inhabitants were able to walk along these rock formations along the coastline as they sought out fishing spots. In some parts, rock paintings and carvings remain from these early natives.
Early on into the walk, I noticed the incredible homes and the expansive front views, with wall-to-wall windows to take in the views. I learned from my friend that Russel Crowe and some famous actors have homes in Bondi Beach, and after my first 10 minutes, I could see why it was such an attractive destination! It immediately reminded me of my walks to ‘The Cove’ in La Jolla.
We saw lots of walkers, joggers, and noticed quite a few ‘exercise stations’ along the cliffs. My friend remarked, “With views like these, it’s a no wonder that everyone’s so fit!” Seeing pull-up bars overlooking the ocean views, I couldn’t help but hop up and do a few reps! Those will be the most memorable pull-ups for a while.
Lawn Bowling -- or as we call it in the US “bocce” -- was fun to watch! I hadn’t seen an official Lawn Bowling ‘course’ with manicured grass and deliberate ‘sides’ to play against, as opposed to ‘wild terrain’ of beach sand or back lawns back home with the ball being thrown in any direction, near or far. This was fun to watch -- and again, what a view!
At the end of our walk, we rewarded ourselves with a rooftop lunch to continue taking in the views. Since we’d walked 12,500 steps, an “adult” drink was in order! I got a refreshing mojito and Rachel, a beer, which she’d found was the best one she’d yet tasted since arriving in Sydney. My mojito went down very fast since I was thirsty! (I awful about staying hydrated! 😉 ) Our delicious lunches arrived and we just ate, being incredibly grateful for our views and idyllic experience walking along the coastline.