Chances are you have heard of this famous beach which lies on the outskirts of the Sydney CBD. Bondi Beach is a world renowned beach and arguably the most famous beach in Australia. This “Bondi Bubble” is a gorgeous coastal suburb and offers a laid-back beach lifestyle that is much different to the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD. Here you will find a cozy white sand beach nestled between sandstone cliffs with a small village of cafes, restaurants, shops, markets, and much more to explore.
Here the day begins before the sun even peaks its head above the horizon. Surfers race to the break trying to beat the crowds, runners lace up their shoes before enjoying a coastal jog, and swimmers prepare for laps in the famous Bondi Baths. There is a buzz of activity to be found here from first light and through to the lively nightlife.
The main attraction of this suburb is of course the stunning beach. So roll out your beach towel and soak up the vibes as you take a dip between the flags. As many of you know here in Australia there is no shortage of Surf Lifesavers patrolling popular beaches, always ready to help those in need. Well here in Bondi these heroes take on another claim of fame as stars of the reality TV show Bondi Rescue. Here is where you will also find one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in the world as well as the one of the oldest swimming clubs in Australia.
The iconic Bondi Icebergs is a 50 meter pool which gets its name from the arctic-cold waters that visit in winter. It is located on the southern end of the beach on a rocky headland that also marks the start of the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Here you can stroll 6 kilometers across the sandstone cliffs between the five coastal towns of Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee. In late spring this walk is transformed into a living museum as over 100 sculptures are installed along the coastal trail for all to enjoy. This event, Sculpture by the Sea, is the world’s largest free annual outdoor sculpture exhibition.
Another famous festival hosted on Bondi beach is the Festival of the Winds where thousands of colorful kites fill the sky in September. However if you are not visiting Bondi Beach during one of these two iconic festivals be sure to visit over a Saturday or Sunday so you can go to the weekend markets. On Saturday the farmers market fills its stall with farm fresh produce and fresh made goodies. And on Sunday the market stalls are bursting with handmade artisan goods such as clothing and skincare items. Definitely a great place to go and treat yourself or to find the perfect gifts to take back home.
And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Bondi if you did not at least try one of Australia’s most popular sports. Surfing is one of the main activities happening on the beach and there are many surf schools around to help guide you through some beginners breaks. However if you are already a seasoned surfer you will most likely be headed to the south side of the beach where powerful waves can be found crashing over a rocky reef.
After a day full of fun in the sun you are mostly likely going to be ready for some food and possibly a sundowner or two. Well here in Bondi you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drinks. From fine beachside dining to dive bars that will have you coming back again and again. Try out Bondi Tony's Burger Joint for a mouthwatering burger and stay for the cocktails and live music. Or if you are feeling fancy, book a table at Sean’s Panaroma where you can enjoy an intimate fine dining experience. And afterwards head over to 34 Bondi if you are keen for some cheap drinks and a boogie to some live music.
From dawn until dusk Bondi beach will keep you entertained for hours or days on end depending on how much time you have to indulge in the white sand beaches, coastal cliffs, and crashing waves. This laid-back beach suburb has something for everyone from designer boutiques and fine dining to dive bars with cheap drinks, and free coastal walks.