This is Stop 2 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. As the map indicates, these information points start at Coogee as you walk towards Bondi.

In December 2002 a local who runs the Beach Street Gallery Laundrette, Christine Cherry, noticed what appeared to be an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the fence near Dolphins Point. It appeared to her again the next day at the same time, between 3pm and 4:30pm when the sun’s rays hit the fence at a particular angle.

She provided a photo to the local paper and in January 2003 the legend of “Our Lady of the Fence Post” was born.

Devotees travelled from all corners of the globe to witness the apparition and leave blessings at the shrine.

Mrs Cherry freely admits it’s an optical illusion but “what are the odds it take the form of the Virgin Mary?” she asks.

She thinks it’s symbolic that she first noticed Mary in the months after the Bali Bombings, in October 2002. Six members of the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League Club were killed in the attack and Dolphins Point was renamed in their honour.

After the Coogee Virgin Mary shrine was vandalised in early 2003, six dolphins were seen frolicking just offshore from the site. It was restored by locals in mere hours.

Stop 1: Coogee Beach
Stop 2: Shrine to Virgin Mary – you are currently on this page
Stop 3: Bali Memorial
Stop 4: Dunningham Reserve Sandstone Cliffs
Stop 5: Gordons Bay
Stop 6: Gordons-Bay-Underwater-Nature-Trailthis page is on its way
Stop 7: Clovellythis page is on its way
Stop 8: Waverley-Cemeterythis page is on its way
Stop 9: Bronte-Beachthis page is on its way
Stop 10: Bronte-SLSCthis page is on its way
Stop 11: Tamaramathis page is on its way
Stop 12: Aboriginal-engraving-sitethis page is on its way
Stop 13: Mackenzies-Pointthis page is on its way
Stop 14: Monument-Black-Sundaythis page is on its way
Stop 15: Bondi-SLSCthis page is on its way


Ian Wells grew up in Sydney surrounded by Cronulla surf beaches, Port Hacking and Royal National Park, developing a love of the outdoors from an early age.

After nearly a decade travelling the world, he returned home to realise his own backyard was as extraordinary as the places he‘d seen.

With the advantage of local knowledge and a belief that the best natural beauty can only be experienced by foot, he founded Sydney Coast Walks in 2009.

Sydney Coast Walks also provides supervised hikes for the Duke of Ed Award. Coming soon, Ian will co-host new podcast This Hiking Life with his wife Tara Wells.

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