Located just 8km southeast of Sydney CBD, Coogee Beach is a popular destination for beachside holidays. Situated in a densely populated Eastern suburb, it serves up a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, shops, and of course, fun on the beach. Hugely popular with both international and domestic tourists, it's a hive of activity year-round and perfect for those looking for a "Bondi experience" minus the throngs of crowds.
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is the ultimate beachside hotel, providing you with the perfect base to explore the beach, local attractions and the best the area has to offer.
Is Coogee Beach Safe?
Whenever people book holidays to beachside destinations, one of their first searches will often be "is the beach safe?" From water conditions and sharks to cleanliness and patrols, knowing what to expect can help you enjoy less stress and more fun in the sun.
While quieter than nearby Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every season. With an average of just 35 rescues per year (less than 0.4 per thousand), it's considered as one of the safest beaches not only in Sydney but also in NSW.
Daily beach patrols running from 7 am to 5 pm, gentle waves and less overcrowding make Coogee Beach an extremely popular choice for families looking for a holiday by the beach.
Can you Swim at Coogee Beach?
Absolutely! In fact, the warm, clean waters of Coogee Beach are one of the main reasons people decide to holiday here. When it comes to beaches in the Eastern suburbs, Coogee tends to have a much more relaxed, quieter and less overcrowded environment perfect for long lazy days under the sun.
Being located in a southeastern facing bay and having Wedding Cake island acting as a wind barrier and wave break, the sea tends to be calm and gentle. Combined with the steep nature of the beach, this further reduces swell and contributes to gentler waves.
Coogee is also patrolled, adding an extra layer of safety and security for beachgoers. If swimming in the sea isn't your thing, you also have a variety of outdoor beach pools, including the Ladies Baths, the Ross Jones Pool at the southern end of the beach and the rock pool to the North. Whether in the ocean or above the waves, swimming at Coogee Beach is a go.
Are There Sharks at Coogee Beach?
Like much of NSW, sharks are a common sighting in the waters off of Coogee Beach - which can be unnerving for most people. The good news is that Coogee is home to the Eco Shark Barrier. This 75m wide, 300m long barrier extends from the seabed to the surface and provides a completely enclosed swimming area.
Designed to ensure both swimmers and marine animals don't get tangled up in it, the small dimensions of the barrier holes allow smaller marine animals such as fish and turtles through while blocking larger ones such as sharks. Originally installed in 2013, it proved to be so effective that it still remains in place today.
So while there are sharks in the waters off Coogee and the surrounding coastline, you can enjoy swimming in the sea, safe in the knowledge that there's a physical barrier between you and them.
Eat, Drink and Shop
Step beyond the beautiful ribbon of beach to discover the Coogee commercial area. Located along Arden Street and Coogee Bay Road, cafés, restaurants and shops await serving up fresh seafood, ice-cold drinks and retail therapy opportunities galore.
Best Coogee Beach Breakfast by the Sea at Shutters Terrace
If you're looking for the best breakfast in Coogee, Shutters Terrace is hard to beat. Sink your teeth into perfectly poached eggs on crisp buttery toast, honey-drenched French toast topped with fruit, rich and steamy fresh coffee, exotic fruit bowls, or a hearty cooked breakfast - all served up with stunning ocean views. Open from 7 am to 10 am, if you have a breakfast-included package, you can eat as much as you want until you’re fully satisfied. Shutters is a verified COVID safe business with the NSW State Government. Shutters Terrace Location
Breakfast on the go
Café de France offers up some pretty spectacular takeaway options - with crêpes being a particular favourite. Feeling peckish on the beach and in need of something special? Why not try their Breakfast Crêpe, loaded with double smoked ham, two poached eggs and gruyère cheese. They also offer baguettes, croissants and bacon and egg rolls.
Shopping in Coogee
No trip to Coogee would be complete without spending a few hours perusing the local shops and businesses. Looking for a sarong for the beach? Or maybe you want to stock up on a few trinkets and souvenirs? Everything you need can be found within a short walk of Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach and the promenade.
Coogee Bay Road
In Coogee Bay Road you'll find clothing stores such as By San Sebastian, Cargo Store, Vinnies Coogee, Pluto's Bodywear Coogee and many more. There are also chemists, surf shops, gelato shops and bakeries, supermarkets and plenty of cellars to grab a bottle or two of wine.
In Arden Street, you'll also find plenty of retail therapy opportunities, with a whole host of bars, cafés and restaurants. As Arden Street runs along the front of Coogee Beach, there are plenty of Kiosks and convenience stores to stock up on cold drinks, ice cream, snacks and sunscreen when you're out and about.
Things to Do in Coogee
Coogee has plenty of activities to enjoy, from coastal walks and yoga by the sea to snorkelling with blue gropers and bike rides through the park. When it comes to things to do in Coogee during your stay, check out our local attractions and get ready to plan an amazing itinerary.
Book your Stay in Coogee Today
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is pleased to announce that we are a COVID safe business, verified with the NSW State Government. Book your Coogee Beach accommodation safe in the knowledge that your comfort, safety and convenience is our top priority.
We have rooms and suites perfect for every type of guest - from family holidays by the beach to business travellers, couples and solo guests. Don't want to leave your four-legged family member behind? Fear not! We have dog-friendly accommodation so they can join in the fun too.
Why not book one of our Ocean Front Rooms or Suites for mornings filled with spectacular sunrises, fresh sea air and beautiful views. Enjoy our outdoor pool and gymnasium, dig into delicious food and drink at Shutters Restaurant, Estate - or in the comfort of your room and be located right next to Coogee Beach.
When it comes to the best beachside accommodation near Sydney, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is the ultimate destination hotel.