The village atmosphere of Coogee is widely acknowledged by residents and visitors alike. The small curved bay area with its grassy foreshore parks and natural headlands is loved for its natural and non commercial character. The profile of the built surrounds, despite some high rise, is low-scale and low-key. The locals are friendly ad welcoming and people know one another.
Early photographs of Coogee Bay Road show the shop level facades that are still in place today many painted in such a way as to enhance the heritage look, adding further to the village feel of Coogee. The historian Grace Karskens talks about the Coogee Bay Hotel as being one of the few Victorian seaside hotels that […]