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Bench with a view: Coogee and Clovelly

Late afternoon, Coogee Beach.

Late afternoon, Coogee Beach.

You know the saying: every dark cloud has a silver lining. My particular dark cloud for the past two days has been having to endure a “corporate team-building event”, a peculiar mix of stultifying boredom and the stress brought on by the need to hide such boredom. My silver lining was that the event was held at a hotel in Coogee, which is a beach suburb just a few kilometres south of where I live. Free (at last!!) at 4:45pm today, I headed home along the coast path, savouring the treat of a weekday walk as the sun set.

I knew there were a number of benches en route, but not until I started to photograph them did I notice that they were not all the same. Wooden benches, metal benches, art benches — all with a view. Just the thing for another post for HeyJude’s Benches with a View!

A bench with very long legs! Late afternoon, Coogee Beach.

A bench with very long legs! Late afternoon, Coogee Beach.

This couple was more interested in each other than the view from their bench.

This couple was more interested in each other than in the view from their bench.

This bench looks down on Gordons Bay, a popular swimming, snorkelling and diving spot.

This bench looks down on Gordons Bay, a popular swimming, snorkelling and diving spot.

A row of sinuous metal benches at Clovelly.

A row of sinuous metal benches at Clovelly.

Near the lifeguard station, Clovelly.

Near the lifeguard station, Clovelly.

I had hoped for a more dramatic sunset, but the peacefulness of my last shot almost makes up for the lack of drama.

Watching the sun set, Clovelly.

Watching the sun set, Clovelly.

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Take a walk with me: Coogee to Maroubra

This, my friends, is a glorious day. A flawless blue-sky day, with warm gentle breezes and temperatures of 23deg Celsius (73 deg Farenheit). A day to revel in! I can hear you Northern Hemisphere dwellers muttering, “In August? Big deal.” But let me remind you that I live in Sydney (the one in Australia), where it is deepest, darkest winter right now. Three days ago, the temperature didn’t get above 12deg C (54deg F) and it rained for more than 24 hours straight. But today … ah, today is the sort of day that makes people line up to take out Australian citizenship. And it’s the weekend!

So, come walk with me, along the coast from Coogee to Maroubra.

Coogee is blessed with three rockpools, swimming pools fed by the sea and carved from the natural sandstone that forms the cliffs along this coast.

Coogee is blessed with three rockpools, swimming pools fed by the sea and carved from the natural sandstone that forms the cliffs along this coastline.

Keep an eye on the waves if you don’t want to get drenched!

Keep an eye on the waves if you don’t want to get drenched!

Succulents with bright flowers grow along these inhospitable cliff-side paths.

Succulents with bright flowers grow along these inhospitable cliff-side paths.

Look back on our path: Coogee Beach in the distance and, below us, the third of Coogee’s rockpools.

Look back on our path: Coogee Beach in the distance and, below us, the third of Coogee’s rockpools.

Look down to the sea, and you may spot cormorants basking in the sun.

Look down to the sea, and you may spot cormorants basking in the sun.

Look to the side, where cactus spines glow, backlit by the sun.

Look to the side, where cactus spines glow, backlit by the sun.

Another rockpool, just right for dogs.

Another rockpool, just right for dogs.

Water pours from the top of the cliff.

Water pours from the top of the cliff.

If you know what these crazy plants are called, please leave a comment and tell me!

If you know what these crazy plants are called, please leave a comment and tell me!

The perfect balcony for a watery Juliet. Though Romeo would have to be a very good swimmer!

The perfect balcony for a watery Juliet. Though Romeo would have to be a very good swimmer!

A tantalising glimpse into a hidden world.

A tantalising glimpse into a hidden world.


At Lurline Bay, let’s rest a while on the sun-warmed rocks and watch the waves.
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Wind and water turn sandstone into sculpture.

Wind and water turn sandstone into sculpture.

Our path beckons.

Our path beckons.

Not far from the end of our walk, and this is the perfect spot for a swim. Be warned, though: that water is cold!

Not far from the end of our walk, and this is the perfect spot for a swim. Be warned, though: that water is cold!

Our walk ends at Maroubra Beach, where children have found a new way of playing with a Rubik’s cube.

Our walk ends at Maroubra Beach, where children have found a new use for a Rubik’s cube.

If you like this post, you may want to check out a similar post about
Bronte Beach in winter.

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