When you decide it’s time to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s city and surrounds, the eastern coast is the perfect place for some ocean spray and time in the sun.
Not a morning person myself, I committed to an early rise with my partner, sister and her partner and we all made our way out to Bondi beach. One beautiful thing about daylight savings is that the sun rises a little later (than what we’re used to in Queensland) and so despite creeping close to 7am we were able to catch the sun sleepily peak up over the ocean and slowly light up the coastline, burning beautiful pinks and orange.
Having only ever visited Bondi during the day, Australia’s most famous beach is usually over run with locals and tourists alike! The iconic beach has something for just about everyone with sun, surf and sand along with a long strip of restaurants, bars and retail stores together with a farmers market, boutique street stalls and scenic running tracks. It was nice to be able to see it in a different light of day, much calmer and quieter than it is normally. We set off from here along the waterfront walk to Bronte beach, a 4km round journey allowing you to soak in as much of the gorgeous coastline as possible. Passing through the iconic Icebergs surf club, we looked down on swimming squads doing laps, yoga classes in practice and PT sessions starting the day with a hard sweat as the waves crashed up over the rocks.
Continuing on with the rest of the early risers out for a walk or run, we made our way up and over to Tamarama, just 1km south of Bondi. Over its history, this little parcel of coast has been home to a couple of amusement parks (in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s) before it became the small beach it is today. Surrounded by parkland and picnic areas, this narrow beach is known to be one of NSW’s most dangerous patrolled beaches due to it’s deep water, small size and easterly aspect with even small swells producing dangerous rips. The surf club sits perched up on the northern headland and over-looks the entire beach – it’s the perfect spot to stop and take it all in.
Walking down and through the parkland area at Tama, past owners trying to keep up with their dogs and the smell of fresh coffee catching our noses, we continued up along the top path and on to Bronte. There were a larger number of swimmers out in the water here, bobbing with the swell in both the natural and man-made rockpools.
At this point our stomachs took over and some heavy heads needed a caffeine hit or two, so we walked on to a small nearby cafe for breakfast. The walk back was warmer, with the sun now high in the sky and clear skies above us. We made our way back to Bondi and along the top boardwalk, past the large number of murals painted along the back concrete wall. With no two murals the same, painted by local and visiting artists, it’s definitely worth checking out!