Coogee is one of the oldest beachside suburbs in the east, 7km to the CBD. In the early 1900s people regularly travelled from far and away to this little ‘seaside resort’ for a swim in the bay and due to this popularity, Coogee Surf Life Saving Club was formed in 1907. Coogee Beach has come a long way from its humble beginnings with its old wooden pier and tram line. In the 1980s, Randwick City Council redeveloped the beachfront area that has helped to establish the area as an international tourist destination.
Coogee is also one the east’s most sought-after suburbs for many reasons. Families flock to the suburb for its village-like atmosphere, where they can walk from their home to the beach on a weekend for nippers or to its many local parks and playgrounds and then enjoy a casual breakfast in one of the abundant alfresco cafes lined up Coogee Bay Road or Arden Street. For entertainment there is the well-known Coogee Bay Hotel, The Palace Hotel and also the Crowne Plaza Hotel and many other local clubs.
Coogee is one of the beaches along the Bondi to Maroubra coastal walk, so for exercise you can choose where to venture north or south whilst enjoying the view. For a swim there is also the historic Wylies Baths, carved into the cliff face at the southern end of the beach. Coogee residents live in a mixture of housing styles from older style Art Deco apartments, to new townhouses and luxury apartments to freestanding cottages or grand double storey houses on large blocks.