LW had just one full day left in Sydney before returning to her cold and wintery London, and understandably she wanted to get in a beach day. Since I was keen on walking from Maroubra to Bondi Beach we decided we would each follow what we were after, and meet up in Bondi when we were finished. So I took off right after yoga and breakfast to catch a bus* to Maroubra Beach to start walking by 10AM.
Just about 30 minutes later I was looking at the Tasman Sea. I think it’s amazing that a beautiful beach like this is so close to where I live…
There was not a cloud in the sky and Maroubra Beach was absolutely beautiful.
I took a walked down south to the other side of the beach and explored the rocky shores. I was all alone with the sun, the rocks, and the waves.
Look, lifeguards! There was a film crew there but it didn’t look like they were shooting “Baywatch.” Maybe a reality show?
A giant Rubik’s Cube by the sea at Maroubra Beach.
It was after 11 when I finally set off for Coogee and I was the only one walking this trail. Love, love, love!
I got a bit lost along the way but no matter. I got to see these little guys..
I see Coogeeeeeee!
I stopped just long enough to walk on the cool wet sands of Coogee Beach.
Onward to Clovelly, which I thought was so sweet and pretty. If I were to have a beach day, I’d probably choose Clovelly Beach.
A few minutes later I came upon this. Waverly Cemetery, on the cliffs of Bronte. By. The. Sea. My jaws dropped and my feet stood still.
I was getting hungry and hot, it was nearly 1:30. A much needed pit stop was made in Bronte at Three Blue Ducks, a cafe/restaurant that I was very much looking forward to checking out.
I was happily surprised to find Colomé Torrontés on their wine list. I haven’t posted my trip to Salta and Jujuy in Argentina (yet), but R and I spent an unbelievable afternoon at Colomé. But since I wasn’t about to drink an entire bottle of Torrontés and I’m keeping myself to Australian wines only, I opted for a glass of SC Panell Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills.
I had the crispy skin ocean trout with wakame and cucumber salad, served with wasabi mayo. I didn’t care much for the mayo, but the trout and the salad were fantastic. I would happily go back to Three Blue Ducks to try everything else on the menu. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
I could have stayed there all afternoon but I still had a bit of walking left to do and a date to meet up with LW in Bondi. So I applied some more sunblock, put on my hat and sunglasses, and set off once again.
This part of the walk from Bronte Beach (below) to Bondi had noticeably more people. I was happy that I’d gotten a chance to enjoy a solitary few hours in the morning.
Walking away from Bronte Beach towards Bondi.
Bondi means “tumbling water” or “water breaking over rocks” in local Aboriginal language. Bondi Beach was by far the largest and the most crowded. It was nice but maybe not quite right for me. Below is Bondi as I approached it from Bronte.
My reward for making it all the way to Bondi was a delicious pot of chai made with soymilk, and honey on the side at Gertrude and Alice Bookstore Cafe. It was the perfect end to a lovely day.
Three Blue Ducks: 143 Macpherson Street, Bronte, NSW
Gertrude & Alice Bookstore Cafe: 46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, NSW
*I took bus #396 from Flinders Street (near Oxford) in Darlinghurst.