Our inaugural Coogee to Maroubra walk began on an October morning blessed with sunshine for five eager participants. We started a bit late due to hungry tummies that needed to be satisfied with breakfast specials, eggs benedict, bacon & egg sarnies etc. This was a very food-oriented group which meant a very happy group whenever there was good food around.
After settling the hungry beast, we set off from Coogee beach heading southwards to the legendary, famed Maroubra beach. Known for its exceptional surf, Maroubra is a mecca for both experienced and newbie surfers and a little known fact, surf groupies, such as said writer. (Ahem).
As we made our way down the very easy and paved pathway, the wind picked up and tried its hardest to stop us in our tracks. The westerly (or southerly….) swept around us as we stood steadfast putting one foot in front of the other. It picked up the waves and crashed against the rocks, spraying everything within 500m of its path. What did this mean for our group of walkers? Picture time!
After about 45 minutes we asked a local walker for directions when the path suddenly came to an end. Following the convoluted directions, we made our way towards the main road Malabar Road and continued our journey south. And when we thought we were lost, we asked for more directions from a man with a smart looking driver who encouraged us to press on.
Through-out this journey there were few walkers we chanced upon. You could almost be forgiven for thinking the Coogee to Maroubra walk is the quiet, introverted cousin to the popular, active Coogee to Bondi stretch. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its charms.
This is a walk for introverts and for those who seek silence, calm and solace in tranquility. When we finally arrived at Maroubra beach an hour and a half later, we were met with an equally chilled and relaxed beach. The pretentious Bondi crowd stayed north, the mass sun worshipers hung out in Coogee, this was a beach to be at one with yourself.
We stayed for a while in appreciation of this unique beach before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Coogee to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the group.So the next time you decide to take a walk on a beautiful sunny Sydney day, why not go off the beaten path and ask the quiet, introverted cousin for a dance? Who knows? You might just enjoy yourself.