Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

111-131R Beach Street, Coogee NSW 2034

111-131R Beach Street, Coogee NSW 2034
  • Toilets
  • Changing facilities
  • Showers
  • Litter bin

  • Disabled toilets
  • Lifeguard Office
  • Patrolled all year
  • Playground Fenced
  • Park seat
  • Coastal Walkway
  • Ocean pool
  • Monument or memorial

  • Alcohol prohibited
  • Dogs prohibited on beach
  • Camping prohibited
  • Fires prohibited
  • Glass prohibited
  • Smoking is prohibited in this area
  • Kite Surfing prohibited

The beach

The name Coogee is taken from a local Aboriginal word koojah which means "smelly place" owing to the amount of seaweed that can collect on the beach. But daily beach cleaning by Randwick City Council staff keeps the beach in pristine condition year-round.

The beach is sheltered by a rocky island called Wedding Cake Island which makes it an ideal swimming beach for families and a calmer option than nearby Maroubra Beach.

There is a rock pool at the northern end (Giles Baths) and a man-made rock pool at the southern end of the beach (Ross Jones Memorial Baths) near the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club. Just a few minutes walk south of the beach along the Coastal Walkway are two of Sydney's most spectacular ocean pools – McIvers Baths (women and children only) and Wylie's Baths.

Coogee Beach is located on Sydney's famous Coastal Walkway which stretches from Bondi Beach to Maroubra Beach. Coogee Beach has grown from a destination for day trippers in the early 1800s to one of Sydney's most frequented beaches. Nearby you'll find bustling Coogee Bay Road with an assortment of great restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops!

The parks and reserves around Coogee Beach are ideal for a picnic with a range of barbecues and playground equipment. Dogs must be kept on-the-leash at all times in adjacent parks and they are prohibited from the beach, playgrounds and food preparation areas. There is an off-leash dog park just five minutes walk south of Coogee Beach at Trenerry Reserve.

Alcohol and glass is prohibited on the beach but permitted in some adjacent beachside parks during the day.


Council Lifeguards patrol the beach year-round and volunteer Surf Life Savers from the Coogee Surf Life Saving club patrol the beach during on weekends and school holidays during daylight saving months.

Randwick City Council Lifeguard Patrol Hours are as follows.

Time of yearPatrol time
Summer (daylight saving)7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Winter Period (non-daylight saving)  7:00 am to 5:00 pm

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch program advises as a general precaution to avoid swimming during and for 24-hours after heavy rain. Stormwater runoff from surrounding streets drain to the beach and nearby coast which may pollute the water.


Follow these simple rules to be safe at the beach:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags, never swim outside them.
  • Do not swim directly after a meal or if under the influence of alcohol.
  • Only swim when the red and yellow flags are flying. If there are no flags, the beach is closed or unpatrolled.
  • Do not panic if caught in a current or undertow. Raise one arm into the air to signal for lifeguard assistance. Float until help arrives.
  • Do not struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise your arm for help and float. Keep the part of your body that is cramping perfectly still.
  • Do not swim if unsure of surf conditions. Always seek the advice of a lifeguard or lifesaver.
  • Do not struggle against a rip or current. Swim diagonally across it.
  • Remember that taking alcohol onto or drinking alcohol is not allowed at any beach in Randwick City.

For more information, see the details at Surf Life Saving Australia.

Our beach cam is 100% solar powered. This means that during periods of extended cloud or rain, the camera sometimes does not get enough light to recharge the battery and this means there may be periods where the camera is not operational. Generally these periods are fairly limited. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Take a look at our other beach cams at Clovelly and Maroubra.

View our full beach cam map.

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