Coogee

Coogee's super chill attitude attracts backpackers and locals looking for Sydney's least pretentious beachfront locale.

Even at the peak of tourist season, Coogee maintains its cool, calm, and collected demeanor. Backpackers flow in and out with the tides while laid-back locals monitor Coogee's rip currents and relax in its beach huts and saltwater baths. In Coogee, no one notices what you wear, what you drive, or who you're with. This allows everyone more time to enjoy what really matters in this southeast suburb—the surf, the sand, and the sun.

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On the Map

Coogee is bordered by Clovelly, South Coogee, and Randwick

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 25 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 35 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 12 minutes by cab

Down-to-Earth In Sydney's Southeast Suburbs

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Like so many of Sydney's beachside suburbs, Coogee's activity revolves around its sandy shores and the main promenades that lead to them.

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Five miles southeast of the city's Central Business District, Coogee's laid-back lifestyle leaves little room for suits or ties.

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The only suit you're likely to find in Coogee is a bathing suit.

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Sidewalk cafes and beach huts line up across from the sand.

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They invite days spent barbecuing.

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They offer the perfect place to wait thirty minutes before you swim in Coogee's saltwater baths.

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The neighborhood's Lifesaving Club watches over the waves.

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Beach cruising is the best way to see Coogee.

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Coogee beach is a beautiful example of one of Sydney's fabulous beaches - it is generally calm and has a year round life guard on duty so it is reasonably safe."

Active Lifestyles at Wylies Baths

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Residents embrace their resplendent environs daily.

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Instead of hitting the gym, they hit the ocean.

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Swimming laps at Wylies Baths beats swimming laps... anywhere else.

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A seaside village atmosphere in the heart of Coogee."

Coogee's Vibrant Cafe Scene

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Stand at the shore and look to the street and you'll see dozens of cafes and boutiques looking back at you along Coogee Bay Road.

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They become especially energetic on weekend mornings.

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Brunch seems to be Coogee's favorite meal of the week.

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It's common for Coogee restaurateurs to call their regulars by name.

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Walk the coast walk and swim in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Depending on the time of year, you will even see whales. This location is truly amazing."

Views of Coogee Beach

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Coogee Beach gently curves along Sydney's southeastern shore.

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Check it out from the coast walk.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Luisa Brimble is a Sydney-based photographer and designer. She began her career working in marketing and graphic design for a travel company, before going freelance. Her photographs and design work have been featured in various print and online publications. She strives to capture the core elements she believes in - simplicity, honesty, warmth, and connection.

Luisa Brimble

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