A sought-after suburb in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Coogee has something to please everyone. With a heavy beach culture, striking beauty, an appreciation for the great outdoors and a top notch café and bar scene, it’s easy to see why this this affluent suburb is well-loved by both residents and weekend visitors alike.
The majority of properties in Coogee are rented and it’s a suburb popular with young professionals and couples without children.
It’s pretty clear why the locals are so proud of their home. It’s the kind of place you could go for weeks without even having to leave…but then again, why would you want to?
Top things to do in Coogee
1. The Coogee to Bondi coastal walk
This suburb marks the start of one of the most popular walks in Sydney, if not all of Australia – the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. This scenic walk stretches 6 kilometres along the coast passing through Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Waverley.
With amazing ocean views all along, discover a mix of beaches, parks, cliffs, bays, picnic areas, crystal clear rock pools and arguably the most scenic cemetery in the world on the cliff top at Waverley.
2. Spend an afternoon at the iconic Coogee Bay Hotel
While away an afternoon or evening at the infamous Coogee Bay Hotel. Tuck into a pub grub meal, share some drinks with friends in one of its seven bars or soak up some sun in the beer garden, which is Sydney’s largest. In addition to quality food, drinks and prime people watching, there are also regular events and entertainment held in this historic venue.
- Postcode – 2034
- Vacancy rate – 1.0 per cent in December 2016
- Median house value – $2,471,353
- Median unit value – $1,013,958
- Price growth – House prices in Coogee have grown by 46.71 per cent in the past three years while unit prices have grown by 33.44 per cent in the same period
- Rental returns – The average house in Coogee has a weekly median rent of $2,500 and average rental returns of 2.71 per cent, while units have a median weekly rent of $685 and average returns of 3.57 per cent
- Average listing duration – 14 days for houses; 28 days for units
- Average weekly income – $1,199
- Occupation – The majority of residents are professionals
- Ownership – More than half of all properties are rented (53 per cent) while 23 per cent are fully owed
- Birthplace – 58 per cent of Coogee residents are Australian
- Age – The majority of residents are in the 30-39 years age group (26 per cent), closely followed by those in the 20-29 age group (21 per cent), suggesting it’s a popular area with young professionals.
Places to eat
Coogee’s dining precinct has come a long way in recent years with an eclectic mix of hip cafes, modern Australian restaurants, takeaway shops, unique bars and chains such as McDonalds and Zambrero. You’ll find a range of cuisines including Thai, Italian, burgers, fish and chips, Mexican, sushi, pizza and Vietnamese, among others.
Try X74 Café Restaurant for modern Australian cuisine in a seasonal menu or Barzura café – a popular hangout for locals with views to the beach and gluten free, organic and dairy free options. The Coogee Pavillion is one of many jewels in hospitality giant Marivale’s crown and well worth a visit.
Downstairs is a casual eatery for the whole family while the adults-only rooftop will take you through the evening with several indoor and outdoor bars, Mediterranean cuisine and unbeatable views.
Pay a visit to Little Jack Horner, a cocktail beach bar and restaurant with global taste influences and a tropical, desert island vibe. You also can’t go past a burger or Schnitzel at the Coogee Bay Hotel.
The majority of eateries can be found along or nearby Coogee Bay Road.
Transport in Coogee
Coogee is well serviced by buses, with three bus stands along the beach front alone and frequent services into the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
Hospitals and healthcare in Coogee
While there is no hospital in Coogee there are a number of healthcare facilities including two medical centres, several GPs, a pathology clinic, a podiatry clinic, acupuncture, a fertility clinic and several chemists including Blooms and Soul Patterson.
Education and childcare in Coogee
There are several options for childcare and schooling including Coogee Public School and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School. For the younger kids there are a number of crèches and day care centres such as Coogee Bear Day Care, Coogee Care Centre, Abracadabra Childcare Services and Miri’s Creche, among others.
Shopping in Coogee
The majority of shops can be found along Coogee Bay Road. There are newsagencies, butchers, a pet boutique, grocers, bakeries, boutique stores, delis and an Australia Post store. There is also a Woolworths within the Coogee Bay Village shopping centre.
Sports and recreation in Coogee
Eastern Suburbs folk are known for their love for health and fitness. Join the locals for a walk or run along the beach, walk the iconic Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, go for a surf, swim laps at Wylies or McIvers Ladies ocean baths, get sweaty at Original Bootcamp Australia down on the beach or make the most of the ocean setting by joining the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.
If you want a break from the beach there’s still plenty of other options with the Eastern Suburbs Tennis Club, Coogee Sports Club, CrossFit, various fitness studios, Grant Reserve, Baker Park Playground and Coogee Oval all in the vicinity.
Entertainment in Coogee
As the sun starts to set and you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy an evening, follow the crowds to Coogee Bay Hotel or The Pavillion – the suburb’s two main social hubs. You could also try the Oceans Bar at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Little Jack Horner, Coogee Diggers or Selina’s Entertainment Centre for regular gigs and functions.
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