Coogee Beach (NSW 326) is located in Coogee Bay, a 400 m wide southeast-facing bay (Fig. 4.245), located 700 m to the lee of Wedding Cake Island, which substantially reduces waves at the beach. The beach curves around the base of the bay for 400 m and narrows from 120... Read more
Coogee Beach (NSW 326) is located in Coogee Bay, a 400 m wide southeast-facing bay (Fig. 4.245), located 700 m to the lee of Wedding Cake Island, which substantially reduces waves at the beach. The beach curves around the base of the bay for 400 m and narrows from 120 m in the north to 50 m in the south. It is backed by a continuous seawall, park and promenade and the main road Arden Street. The lower waves maintain a relative steep reflective beach, with only a narrow attached bar forming during bigger seas, and rips usually absent. The beach has a rock pool on the northern platform, the Ross Jones pool on the southern rocks, with the Ladies Baths located 200 m further south. The Coogee SLSC (founded in 1907) is located above the southern end of the beach. All these facilities make Coogee the second most popular beach in the eastern suburbs, after Bondi. Its level of safety can be gauged by the fact that despite its popularity it averages only 35 rescues per year, at a low rate of 0.4 per thousand beach goers, the lowest on Sydney's southern beaches. The waves are usually low enough for the members of the Coogee Fishing Club to launch their dinghies or small boats from the northern end of the beach.
Coogee is one of the quieter patrolled beaches in the eastern suburbs. It usually has lower waves surging up the steep beach. Under higher wave and east swell conditions watch the shorebreak and rips against the headlands.
Usually just a small shorebreak at the beach. Under larger swell there is a left off the northern point; Inner and Outer left and rights break over a reef off the southern end; and an offshore reef called The Southy during big swell. A central rip when operating also produces some rideable waves.
The beach is best in heavy conditions, with the rocks at both ends providing a variety of spots of varying levels of safety, while the fishing boats are launched at the north end.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw326