Bondi to Coogee
Today was mostly spent walking from Bondi - Coogee on the coastal walk. It was awesome. It's approx 10k there and back. If you visit us, I highly recommend it!
Each beach have their own amazing ocean pool! A natural swimming pool with sea water. Icebergs at Bondi is big and impressive. Bronte's is smaller but surrounded by rocks, so it looks pretty and it's free to use. Bondi's isn't free, which suggests that perhaps Bronte is quieter for visitors.
Clovelly was my least favourite. Just because it wasn't as pretty as the others. The sea from the beach was enclosed by two straight walls, which looked man-made and less natural than the others.
Coogee's ocean pool was our favourite. It feels more natural because it's enclosed by large rocks in the sea. The waves crash on the rocks, it's lovely.
We saw lots of huge rocks along the coast. One could quite merrily perch on a rock with a camping chair and picnic for a long time. Some rocks are high on cliff tops, some are close to the sea. Close to the sea is nice for swimming. Up high is nice for views.
I loved seeing drink fountains every few kilometres and exercise stations. I saw lots of runners and people doing yoga on the beach.
For us, the walk was also a mission to check out possible areas to live. We now know that we'd be very happy living near Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee beaches.
It rained on our first day and the forecast for the walk was rain, so when the sun came out we were completely unprepared. Now we look like proper tourists with pink faces and arms. Ouch!
Bondi is cool. There's loads of nice places to eat and drink (it's pretty expensive though). There's plenty of nice coffee shops and smoothie bars around. Lots of people wear running and sports clothes during the day (at least at the weekends anyway). I've seen lots of runners around the beaches. I like this! People seem to be pretty active and healthy here. They don't do mega late nights drinking. Most bars don't stay open late. I have to say I'm quite pleased about that. I think my body could do with a break, and what's the point in moving all the way over to spend every weekend in bed with a hangover?
I bumped into someone I know from Brighton yesterday. Whaaat? We worked together at Rocketmill. He lives here too. It really is a small world!
I still love our apartment. I make time to sit by the window every day and watch the world go by. I'll be sad when we leave it on Saturday.
We're trying to find an apartment in Manly for next week, but everywhere seems to be taken. It's really busy at the moment. Perhaps it's down to Mardi Gras festival. Thankfully, my lovely friend Rosie lives in Manly, so she is helping us.
Day two: so far, so good