You can read about my Day 1 in Sydney here.
For our second day in Sydney, we decided to tackle the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. A little background on the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk:
- It is a cliff top coastal walk spanning from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach
- The total distance of the walk is about 6km, more or less
- The whole walk features 6 different beaches and bays
- It takes about two hours to complete the whole walk (not including your self rest stops that you will definitely be taking)
I was so psyched to do the coastal walk when I first read about it during my prior research about the things I could do in Sydney (I had a whole list of what I wanted to do but ended up not doing most of it), primarily because we don’t have such a thing here in Singapore and obviously the coastal lines in Australia are far more beautiful. I wouldn’t normally want to walk more than 3km on foot but I’m usually more compliant to anything when I’m in another country (LOL) and I’m also more adventurous in another country than I usually am in Singapore. Probably because I’ve done almost everything I could possibly do in Singapore and have a thirst for more adventures in a foreign land. Anyway, we had intended to wake up early but ended up waking way later than what we had planned.
First order of the day, was to get some fuel for our tummies. I actually forgot what we had for breakfast (pretty sure it was something we bought at the supermarket the night before) but we set on our merry way into the blazing sunshine that is the Australian sun.
Pro tip (bolded for extra emphasis): Please PLEASE do not forget your sunscreen, buy one specifically made for the Australian sun because their sun is so much more damaging to your skin and me, as a person who doesn’t get sunburnt easily, got extremely sunburnt due to my foolishness. I came home looking like a burnt meatloaf and that’s not attractive!
So, armed with a litre of water, sneakers and workout clothes, our swimming necessities and a whole lot of faith and determination in ourselves, we made our way to the start of the walk. And we encountered some sort of rescue operation going on by the cliffs!
Ooooh how exciting! I kid you not, we stood there and gawked like the tourists that we were for a few minutes and vowed to watch the news at night to find out what happened (we obviously did not watch the news that night because we forgot and also because we were busy watching The Office and falling asleep). Pretty soon it got boring because it was taking a long time and nothing exciting was happening so we decided to go on our way. First stop of the walk that we encountered was the Dunningham Reserve.
I think the whole time I was in Australia, all I kept saying was “HOLY SHIT IT’S SO PRETTY”, “OH MY GOD HOW IS THIS REAL”, “WHAT”. #truth
I kid you not, the views I experienced throughout the whole walk was simply too stunning for words. After a steep ass set of stairs, we reached Clovelly Cliffs or also known as the Cliffs of Clovelly.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t take much pictures after that because:
a) I was on the verge of having a heart failure (exaggerated)
b) I was trying not to die (impossible, because I’m soooo fit, right?)
c) I was too busy enjoying the views and putting them into my memory that I didn’t bother to take my phone out
d) I was taking videos on my SJ4000 instead
e) Didn’t want my phone battery to die
3 hours later……WE FINALLY GOT TO BONDI BEACH!! I shit you not, I was so relieved to have finally made it to Bondi Beach and I was close to getting hangry at that point of time (we reached there at 3pm).
Once we got to Bondi Beach, we immediately went to look for food. Imagine walking for 3 hours?! Won’t you guys get hungry?! You’re all lying if you say that you don’t get hungry! I was absolutely famished and the only thing that kept me relatively full during the whole walk was the fact that I kept gulping down water, so that kept my stomach full for some time. There were a bunch of cafes surrounding Bondi Beach so we just picked the first one that we saw and went in.
CT and I got a plate of fish and chips to share and I think we wolfed this down in such an ungraceful manner. We were really hungry ok!! After our really late lunch, we went off to do what we came to Bondi for…….we snoozed on the beach for hours. I didn’t get into the water because it was crowded (for some reason, Bondi was really crowded on that day) and I didn’t feel like getting wet (LOL). Decided to walk around after snoozing on the beach and found a burrito place! It was aptly named Beach Burrito Bondi and I was really excited because before that I was just mentioning to CT about how much I love burritos and that I would kill for one at that moment.
That burrito was seriously the perfect end to a perfect beach day at Bondi.
After our dinner, we decided to make our way back to our hostel, we had initially decided to take a bus back because I was whining about how tired I was. Well, the bus took forever to come (Singaporeans, stop complaining about having to wait more than 5 minutes for the bus ok! The buses in Sydney take up to almost 30 minutes!) and I got coerced into walking back to Coogee, the same way that we had came. Remember how intially we took 3 hours to finish the whole walk?
WELL, WE TURNED A 3 HOUR WALK INTO A 90 MINUTES WALK INSTEAD.
Why, you may ask? Simply because it was getting dark and there were no lights for some parts of the walk so we really had to hustle. And I didn’t mention this earlier in the post, but we also had to walk around a cemetery (which I was terrified about because it was dead (HA) quiet and it was so creepy). Needless to say, we made it back to our hostel all huffing and puffing, took a shower, put on Jersey Shore and then crashed for the night and it was one of the most blissful sleep I ever had (probably because I was so exhausted)! Moving on to day 3! :D
Sorry if this post was wayyyy wordy, I’m trying to keep it succinct but I always have so much to say about something. The next post will come up soon enough though, don’t you worry sweethearts!
PS: All pictures taken on my iPhone 6.