Funky, clean, cheap and living a beach life is what you'll get when you stay at Dive.
While Coogee might not be Sydney's most famous beach, its attractions are no secret to locals. It is more laid back and less crowded than some, and boasts a high sand-to-person ratio.
Terry and Mercedes Mariano realised Coogee's potential and bought a rundown and grubby guesthouse which was built in 1893. Their imagination and lots of hard work transformed the building into Dive, a very attractive alternative to staying in downtown Sydney, but close enough to the many things the eastern side of the city has to offer.
You don't need to be a surfer, swimmer or sun lover to enjoy Dive. The building's history, location and proximity to so much more make it good for everyone.
It has just 14 rooms, each totally self-contained with kitchenette, refrigerator and microwave oven. They have state-of-the-art stainless steel and blue tiled bathrooms and polished wooden floors. You can help yourself to continental breakfast in the light, airy dining room which overlooks a bamboo garden. Enjoy views of the beach and Wedding Cake Island to the south while pondering what to do with the rest of your day.
Families and small groups need not miss out on Dive's style. Just two blocks from the beach they have a three-bedroom house with an open kitchen/dining room leading on to a garden.
It is a relaxed and easy care place to stay and close to attractions such as Wylie's famous ocean pool and one of Sydney's most beautiful ocean-side walks to other beaches, cafes and restaurants.
In either place, if you were any closer to the beach you would have sand between your toes.