Coogee Has Welcomed a New Beachside Rainbow Walkway to Celebrate Mardi Gras

It spans around 47 metres, and it curves around like a rainbow, too.
Sarah Ward
Published on February 20, 2021

Darlinghurst is already famously home to a rainbow crossing. In Surry Hills, the City of Sydney has just implemented a lengthy path in Prince Alfred Park decked out in the same multicoloured stripes, too. And now, Coogee has also joined the brightly hued celebration of Sydney's LGBTIQA+ community, turning part of the suburb's beachfront into a rainbow walkway.

First announced in December, and unveiled to support this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the vibrant pathway stretches along a 200-square-metre patch of the promenade — right by the sand, at the bottom of the existing steps. It's a great spot for it, given that the area already bends around in a circular fashion. So, it's not only rainbow-hued, but also coils around in a rainbow-shaped curve.

Unsurprisingly, the path stands out — as you'd expect given that it spans approximately 4.2 metres wide and 47 metres long. It's also certain to become a favourite photo backdrop, as Instagram is already demonstrating.

When the walkway's lively makeover was approved by the Randwick City Council at its December 2020 meeting, Randwick Mayor Danny Said noted that "this proposal enhances that tradition and makes a strong public statement of support for our wonderfully diverse local community".

The pathway is a temporary addition to Coogee, however, although it will stay in place for a number of months. Exactly how long it'll remain — and when it'll stop sharing its radiant beachside colours — is yet been revealed.

Coogee Beach's rainbow walkway is now on display, and will remain in place for a number of months — although just when it'll be removed hasn't been announced. For further details, visit the Randwick City Council website.

Published on February 20, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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