While the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk gets most of the attention in Sydney, there is another walk that deserves some notice too. The Coogee to Maroubra walk is a fantastic alternative or addition to the Bondi to Coogee walk and is sure not to be missed during your time in Sydney. It has the coastal views, the rock pools, and it has much less of a crowd. So, if you are looking to get a relaxing and scenic walk in, then this guide is for you!
1) Coogee to Maroubra Fast Facts
Before jumping into the walk, below are some useful facts about the trail from Coogee to Maroubra to give you a bit more insight into what to expect:
Starting Point: Maroubra or Coogee Beach
Ending Point: Coogee or Maroubra Beach
Length: 5KM / 3 Miles
Time: 2 Hours
Path: Boardwalk / Pavement / Rock
1) Similarly, to the Bondi to Coogee walk, the Coogee to Maroubra walk can be done in either direction. It just matters on what your plans on for the day and where you plan on ending up once finished with your walk.
During my time in Sydney I started my day in Maroubra and walked up to Coogee, but you can easily switch that around as you see fit.
2) There is a portion of the walk that can only be passed during low tide during which you will be walking on the coastal rocks alongside the ocean. If it is not passable you will need to walk on the road to get around that portion.
You can see the pink route in the map above that shows the workaround, which I will walk you through it later on.
2) Getting to the Starting Point
The starting point for the walk will either be the southern end of Coogee Beach if walking southbound or the northern end of Maroubra Beach if walking northbound. You really cant go wrong with either.
When traveling to either though you will be best off either taking an Uber/cab or heading on one of Sydney’s busses. Below are the different options if coming from the Sydney downtown area:
If heading to Maroubra to start the walk, there are a couple different busses that can get you there. From the Circular Quay area (right near the waterfront of Sydney), you can hop on the 377, 396 or 397 bus that will drop you off right in front of Maroubra Beach. The ride will take around 45 minutes or so to get you to the starting point.
If going to Coogee Beach and starting the walk from the north, simply take the 373, 374 or 377 from Circular Quay to get you right near by. Since Coogee is a bit closer, the ride should take about 35 minutes altogether.
When figuring out busses, I found that Google Maps is more than sufficient to help you out with the logistics. Depending on day and time of day, the schedules may be a bit different and certain routes may be more time efficient than others.
3) The Maroubra to Coogee Walk
Since I did the walk starting in Maroubra, I will go about the rest of the guide in that way. I liked the idea ending at Coogee Beach, which has a bit more going on than Maroubra. If starting in Coogee though, just make your way around in the opposite direction.
A. Maroubra Beach to Mistral Point
Once you arrive at Maroubra beach you can spend some time walking around before making your way up to the north end of the beach. There you will find a staircase to take you up a walking path as the first of the rocky coastal views come into view.
You will then see some signs pointing you in the direction of the Mahon Pool, which is built right on the ocean’s edge. Right around the area you can take in some nice views of the coastline filled with houses up above the water and the neighboring towns out in the distance.
B. Mistral Point to Linguria Street
After taking in the views you will come to a sidewalk, where you can then make a decision – head closer to the water on the rocky path, or take the roundabout way on the street.
If it is high tide, then you will have no choice as you must take the workaround. But if it is low tide you will have the chance to walk right alongside the ocean.
You will be able to walk right alongside the ocean with the rocky cliffs overhanging above, as you make your way around the area. Along the way you are sure to pass the Rob Walker Rock Pool, which can make for a refreshing swimming opportunity.
Soon enough though you will see a staircase out in the distance, which you will need to head up to get off the rocky stretch and back on safe land.
C. Linguria Street to Cuzco Street
Once up the staircase it is time to walk about around the residential neighborhoods before getting back on the path. You will get to Linguria Street, walk up the street where it will intersect with Malabar Road, and make a right turn until you hit Cuzco Street.
At Cuzco Street you will make another right and head down the road and back onto the pathway down on the bottom. The map above shows those turns as well as the workaround if you take the high tide route.
D. Cuzco Street to Coogee Beach
Now that you are back on the coastal walkway, you will first come across the Ivor Rowe Rock Pool before getting some great views up north of the coastline.
This is one of my favorite portions of the walk as you are constantly on the water, with the waves crashing right beside you, and the scenic rocky cliffs out in front.
Soon enough though you will begin the final approach into Coogee. First you will pass by the Trenerry Reserve before Wylie’s Bath comes into view.
After Wylie’s Bath you will pass the Grant Reserve and McIver Baths before heading onto Coogee Beach. Right at the southern end of Coogee will be the Ross Jones Rockpool, before hitting the beach itself.
Once at Coogee Beach, you can enjoy some time on the sand, make your way into the water and even head on into town for some lunch.
Once all done with Coogee you also have the option to heading to Bondi Beach, which I will talk a bit more about in the next section.
Altogether it is a pretty simple and scenic walk to follow besides for the portion where you will need to get onto the residential streets for a small bit. Throughout the walk you should see some signs pointing you in the direction of Coogee (or Maroubra) and you should be on your way in no time.
4) Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach
As I mentioned, there is also the option to extend the Maroubra to Coogee walk all the way to Bondi Beach. Now this will add another few hours to the day so it will be quite some walking.
But I must admit that the Coogee to Bondi section of the walk is full of incredible coastal views all throughout and is known to be one of the best coastal walks in the world!
I don’t like to compare too often but if you had to decide between the two, I would have to say the Coogee to Bondi walk is the way to go.
HOWEVER, if you are looking for a much quieter walk with much fewer people around and some overall incredible scenery, then the Coogee to Maroubra walk may be better suited for you. Ideally I would say do both!
If you would like to learn more about the walk head on over the Coogee to Bondi Walk Guide I have up on the site that is sure to help out with any questions you may have.
5) Where to Stay in Sydney
There are a variety of different options to choose from when deciding where to stay in Sydney. One of the most popular options is to just stay within the Sydney Harbour / CBD / Downtown Area. There you will find plenty of restaurants and bars, easy public transportation access and of course be close by to some of Sydney’s best attractions.
Below are some accommodation choices at different price points to better help you make your pick.
I hope this guide has given you a better sense of how to complete the Coogee to Maroubra walk (or vice versa) and you are now all set to take it on for yourself.
Also check out the other Australia itineraries and guides up on the site. You can take part of the walk as part of the 3 day Sydney itinerary! And don’t forget to check out other coastal walks in Sydney like the one from Spit to Manly or a day trip to the Blue Mountains.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them in below! Have fun out there and safe travels!