Why Coogee is the ultimate Sydney staycation

Rebekah Scanlan

Getting away from it all is known as feeding the soul for a reason. But you don’t have to jet away to enjoy those fulfilling vibes.

Sydney is full of top notch beaches, making the city a great ‘staycation’ candidate.

But while there’s never a spare patch of sand at Bondi and Palm Beach is legit a mission to get to, there are a few lesser known spots that really rock our world.

What beach offers the best mix of tranquil beach life with food and activity offerings only a city can provide? Source: Supplied

Our fave has to be Coogee.

Located just 20 minutes away from the airport and only a short drive or bus trip into the bustling CBD, this relaxed beachside spot is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs - and definitely one of its most idyllic.

You'll get some killer shots of the skyline from your hotel room. Source: Crowne Plaza Coogee

For those looking for the most Insta-worthy shot of the sand, staying at the Crowne Plaza Coogee is your best bet.

The majority of their rooms have private balconies which face out directly to the ocean, so you can take in the sweeping views of the crystal clear water, as well as some enthusiastic fitness fanatics that can be seen hard at it on the beach all times of day.

Layouts of the room are designed to get the most of that view, with the bed facing out towards the beach. Be sure to make the most of that by sleeping with your curtains open. Hello stunning sunrise.

You could wake up to this, making it feel like you're a million miles from home. Source: Be

Coogee's ocean side location makes it the perfect place to partake in a few water related activities, perfect for refreshing the mind and spirit.

If you're not brave enough to face the swell down at Coogee, nearby Malabar offers much calmer waters that are ideal for turn at stand-up paddle boarding.

Be reporter Bex gave SUP-ing a go. Source: Be

With its gentle nature, SUP is great for even nervous swimmers.

There's also plenty of food on offer in Coogee, from casual beachside cafés to indulgent restaurants.

Treat yo'self to a swish high tea. Source: Be

If you're feeling fancy you can treat yourself to a delicious three-tiered offering of high tea and a glass of sparkling in the Bluesalt Bar which is located within the Crowne Plaza.

Or enjoy expertly prepared burgers and cocktails with the backdrop of bright tropical décor at Oceans Dining & Drinks.

For those who want to live like a local, make the most of the free BBQs at Goldstein Park across the road then enjoy a few cold beers amidst the bustle of the beautiful people at Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop bar.

The offerings at Oceans Dining & Drinks look delicious. Source: Be

If you're into you're health and fitness, there's a range of offerings to give you your fix while you're staying away.

A must is the yoga hot-spot The Living Room, where you can easily drop in to find your inner zen.

The views on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk have made it infamous. Source: TripAdvisor

While you can save your budget by hitting the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, which with its cliff-edge views will take your breath away.

It's not hard to see why Coogee is our fave Sydney suburb to holiday. Be sure to add it to your hitlist this summer.

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