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What’s On in Coogee in September

Every month there’s something new to discover in Coogee ranging from the normal to the absolutely not so normal. This month you’ll find us swimming, running, eating (of course) and exploring our way around town.


Spring runs – Coogee to Malabar

Spring is a great time to get into fitness with the weather perfect for running. If you’re feeling energetic a run from Coogee Beach down to Malabar Beach is an incredibly rewarding experience. However if you don’t have the legs for the whole distance it’s possible to start in Maroubra for the shorter run to Malabar and back. The main path takes you on a continuation of the Coastal Walkway from north Maroubra through the rugged but spectacular Malabar Headland National Park however upon reaching South Maroubra there are a few options including either coastal run (unpaved) or inland run (1km shorter).
The distance covers 5.3km one way or 10.6km return (Coogee – Malabar) or 2.4km one way and 4.8km return (Maroubra to Malabar).



With the weather warming up it’s definitely a nice time to get in the water although be prepared to brave the cold water temps! If you want to explore a little further beyond Coogee beach there’s a few lesser known but lovely little spots. Not too far from Coogee is Little Bay Rock Pool – a manmade ring of stones with a bathing area at the southern end of the Little Bay beach. This rock pool was created from beach rocks in the early 1900s to provide safe shark-free bathing for nurses residing nearby at the hospital and is best accessed at low or medium tide. A perfect spot for swimming or snorkelling this little gem is well worth the trip.



Visiting Waverley Cemetery might seem like a strange thing to suggest to a tourist but this is not an ordinary cemetery. The heritage listed Waverley Cemetery sits on the cliff front in-between Clovelly and Bronte beaches and has an incredible view across the Sydney eastern beaches coastline. Wander through the Cemetery and inspect the tombs and graves of many significant Australians including the poet Henry Lawson, Jules Archibald, benefactor of the Archibald Prize, nineteenth century poet Henry Kendall and more. The Waverley Cemetery covers 41 acres and includes notable fine artisan work of the stonemasons and richly decorated family tombs. Well worth a look!



Stretch and strengthen your way into spring at The Living Room Coogee with small classes in their calm, seaside studio with awesome beach views. Namaste!



The team at Meet Up host regular social events across Sydney with something for everyone no matter what your interests. Check out their campfire jam guitar and singing lesson events in Coogee and more!


Eating and drinking

The recent transformation of the Coogee Bay Hotel is now complete with the introduction of Marrah Bar and Restaurant – a gorgeous seafront space within the Coogee Bay Hotel! We recommend checking it out for a delicious Mediterranean inspired meal or just a tipple!



Mad Monkey Coogee Beach is your dream hostel in Sydney for beachside living in Coogee. We’re located right on the waterfront so just a stones throw away from away from the sand, surf and swimming in Coogee, as well as tons of great bars and restaurants including FNKY MNKY located on the first floor of the hostel.
Our beachside hostel is sparkly clean with super friendly staff available to help with anything you need, and don’t miss the Mad Monkey social atmosphere that we are famous for. Our unique accommodations offer everything from traditional dorms to apartment-style lodging with private living rooms.



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