Coogee is affectionately known as “Sydney’s Seaside Village”. It is a densely populated beachside suburb 8 km south-east of the Sydney CBD. The name “Coogee” is said to be taken from the aboriginal word koojah meaning “smelly place” – a reference to the decaying kelp which washes up on the beach. “Smelly” no longer holds true to the Coogee we see today with its great places to eat, surf and swim.
Visitors and locals enjoy the hospitality and exciting night-life of the Coogee Bay Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach and the newly refurbished Coogee Pavilion.
Coogee has a large number of residents in the 25 to 39 year old age group – 39.6% compared to the national average of 20.9%. This makes the area very family centric and Coogee ensures it caters to its primary residents by hosting numerous events. The annual Coogee Family Fun day has been held for over 20 years in December. Here you can enjoy market stalls, carnival rides, face painting and live entertainment with all profits raised donated to the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The Taste of Coogee is a food and wine festival held in September and is in its fourth year. Money raised from this event will be donated to Lions Club charities. Another of Coogee’s highlight events is the Coogee Sparkles NYE Fireworks held at the family friendly time of 9:00pm (there are no midnight fireworks here). Best viewing areas are Goldstein Reserve, Grant & Trenery Reserve, Clovelly Beach Car Park, Burrows Park Headland or any of a number of local café, hotels and restaurants who host special NYE dinners.
For the more sports minded, Coogee offers its own Rugby Union, Soccer, Netball and Tennis Clubs all with great junior programs. Of course being on the beautiful South Pacific Ocean, Coogee offers an established and successful Surf Life Saving Club which includes the Coogee Minnows (nipper club), The Boardriders Club, a Triathon Club as well a supporting swimming groups such as the Coogee Penguins and the Ocean Swimming Association. There is even a Beach Volley ball Association with council approval to set up nets along the promenade.
Coogee has a variety of schools in the public and private sector. South Coogee and Coogee Public are co-ed from K-6 although in high school there are the separate schools being Randwick Boys and Randwick Girls High for this catchment. Claremont College is one of the oldest independent schools in Australia catering for boys and girls K-6. Another independent school in the area is Coogee Prep which is a boy’s only primary day school. Independent high schools close by would include Marcellin College, Brigidine, and Mount Sinai College.
Coogee’s medium house price is $2,500,000 and the median price for a unit is around $895,000. Properties range from old style 2 bedroom units all the way to award winning architecturally designed cliff top multi-level homes. Another great thing about Coogee is that although the parking is tight, it is free timed parking in most areas. There are some paid parking areas but unlike some of the other beach suburbs, parking for two hours is free.
Although seaweed may still wash up on the sandy beaches of Coogee, the ”smelly place” has long since vanished.