Retaining a traditional Australian beachside ambience, the suburb of Coogee is one suburb to the south of Bronte and just 7km from the CBD.
Coogee’s vast stretch of beachfront is presided over by the usual beachfront strip of eclectic restaurants and takeaway places, extending up the main waterfront drag of Arden Street and onto Carr Street. Many more discrete and charming cafes are also tucked away at the northern and southern tips of the beach.
Protected sea baths are located at either end of the beach, including Wylies Baths and the women and children’s only McIver Baths. A dramatic coastal walk will take you past Clovelly, Bronte and Tamarama beaches all the way to Bondi.
Reserve land is found all along with waterfront, providing the ideal setting for good old fish and chips by the beach. Its two main venues are the Coogee Pavilion, with its iconic domed roof, and the Coogee Bay Hotel, with its huge beer garden and live music venue which has played host to countless local and international bands.
A desirable address for families and young beach-lovers, Coogee’s architecture is eclectic. Many grand Victorian mansions, terraces, freestanding Federation homes and Californian bungalows remain, while apartments from all eras are also prevalent.