9km from Sydney CBD
COOGEE / CLOVELLY SUBURB SPOTLIGHT
Located just 9km from the south-east of the Sydney CBD is the beachside suburb of Coogee. With shimmering water, golden sand, and excellent surfing and snorkelling Coogee sums up the classic Australian beach lifestyle.
Coogee is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs with the village being gazetted in 1838. The first school was built in 1863 and was converted into what people now recognise as the Coogee Bay Hotel in 1873. In late 1887, Coogee Palace Aquarium and swimming baths were constructed and in 1928 the Pleasure Pier (which included a theatre, restaurant and ballroom) was built, only to be demolished 6 years later. Still to this day many of the historic buildings are still standing.
Coogee is one of Sydney’s great suburban beaches and is regarded as an ideal family beach as it’s patrolled year round. As well as its beach, Coogee also offers plenty of excellent dining and shopping options as well as world-renowned walking tracks, ocean baths and parklands.
Coogee is easily accessed by many of Sydney’s busses which makes it a popular weekend destination.
Clovelly is a small beach-side suburb in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs located 8km’s south-east of Sydney’s CBD and was originally known as Little Coogee, until its name was changed in 1913. Clovelly is a mainly residential suburb, but does have a small sandy beach that sits on the end of the narrow bay. This bay is home to one of the first surf lifesaving clubs in the world which was founded in 1906. As well as this sandy beach, concrete platforms and promenades have been constructed on both sides of the bay and are a popular sun-baking spot. Steps down into the water make Clovelly Beach seem more like a large ocean pool than a beach. Clovelly is a popular snorkelling spot with a diverse range of underwater creatures including large blue groper.