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Sculptures by the Sea

We grew up just an hours drive north of Sydney, so the fact that it took us 36 years to undertake the famous Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk is beyond explanation.

How did we miss out on experiencing one of Australia’s best coastal walks for so long? I’ll never know. It’s not like we’d never heard of that other iconic destination, Bondi Beach. And my parents grew up in Surrey Hills, an inner Sydney neighbourhood, and Coogee Beach used to be their playground and they often shared stories of their time including the famous walk.

Along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
Along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

So last November we decided to take in the Sculpture by the Sea, a famous art exhibition held every year using the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk as a backdrop.

We’re not usually museum people, heck I never even entered the Louvre when I visited Paris. It’s just not something we’re passionate about. However, perch the sculptures on the edge of a cliff overlooking Sydney’s famed eastern suburbs beaches and you have won me over.

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I even dragged my parents along for the ride so they could reminisce the old times along the six kilometre walk. They pointed out historical places and shared with us their memories from a past spent relaxing on the quiet Clovelly Beach, the wild surf of Bronte Beach, and the sporting matches at Coogee.

Our girls enjoyed the first pit-stop, Lego forest at Coogee, followed by the playground at Bronte Beach.

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Coming from the Coogee end, the sculptures don’t officially start until you reach Tamarama Beach, where tractors, erected teepees and funky mirrored monuments stood.

I asked Kalyra if she enjoyed looking at the art so far.

“Yeah it’s great!”

“What’s been your favourite?”

“The Lego forest.”

“What about that one up there.”

I pointed to the cliff face. Jutting out of the rocks was a pink stringed sculpture named Transition.

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“Oh wow! That’s my favourite now”

She ran straight up to it.

And then almost immediately became entranced with The Travellers Have Arrived sculpture beside it.

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“Mum there is a rabbit and dog on a horse naked.”

“Is there Darling?”

Mum gave me a little slap and a giggle.

“Why are they naked on a horse?”

“They call it art sweetheart.”

Far less entertaining but more to her liking were the brightly coloured caterpillars hiding amongst the flowers in the rocks.

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I loved The View and the view from inside The Mirador, the golden dome-shaped sculpture perched on the point which could be seen all the way from North Bondi RSL later where we sat for lunch.

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Sculpture by the Sea is held annually around October / November. It’s free, which is a rarity in Sydney, and is a great excuse to participate in this beautiful walk.

Website: Sculpture By the Sea

Caz and Craig Makepeace have been living and traveling around the world since 1997; first solo, then as a couple, and now as a family with their two young daughters. Hailing from Australia, they are sharing their insider tips and inspiring stories in this new series. For more, visit them at yTravelblog.com

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