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Bondi beach lifestyle


Bondi Beach

Bondi is one of the world's most famous beaches – and with good reason. Golden sands, deep-blue ocean and perfect waves for surfing and swimming create the ideal beach spot. Add to this its closeness to Sydney's city centre – just 20 minutes by bus – and you've got the perfect summer getaway.

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Things to do in Bondi Beach

Surfers of all skill levels head to Bondi Beach to try out the waves. If you're a beginner, there are several excellent surf schools. Protected areas make it easy for novices to learn, while the more experienced surfers head to the south end of the beach. For those more inclined to experience the café culture, there are plenty of cafes and bars with waterfront views.

Among the dining options is Sean's Panaroma, a landmark of Bondi culture. Sean's offers a mix of classic Italian and Australian dishes as well as superb views of the beach and ocean. At the other end of the beach, you'll find Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, with its stunning views.

Check out Campbell Parade for cafes, ice-cream bars, gourmet burger joints and restaurants with a variety of cuisines.

In addition to Bondi, nearby Tamarama and Bronte beaches are among some of the best in Sydney. Take the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee to experience stunning local beaches in a beautiful setting.

Curious about Bondi Beach's famous lifesavers? Get the inside story with an afternoon tour run by Discover Bondi or drop into the Aquabumps Gallery for great beach and surf photography.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach has a style all its own. The promenade at the back of the beach is a favourite track for joggers and roller bladers while Campbell Parade is a popular grazing ground with Sydney's cafe society. Book in for a surf lesson or head to an oceanfront bar or restaurant.

Popular with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and the body beautiful, Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most eclectic beaches. A walk along the beachfront promenade gives you the chance to experience its carefree sun-drenched lifestyle. Bondi Beach is about 10 minutes from the city centre. Looking buff is only part of the Bondi vibe however, and you'll find people are out to enjoy themselves here as much as any other beach on the east coast.

The main thoroughfare, Campbell Parade, has stylish surf wear shops, souvenirs, outdoor cafes, cool bars and fish'n chip shops. Hall Street has cool fashion and designer labels while Curlewis Street has numerous art galleries. To discover other stunning beaches nearby, take the trail to Tamarama (also known as Glamarama), Bronte and Coogee via a scenic boardwalk.

Shop and surf at Bondi Beach

With beach life so ingrained in Bondi's culture, it's no surprise that the area is a haven for beach and swimwear shopping. On Campbell Parade, you'll find a number of swimwear shops, including Labyrinth, Mambo and The Big Swim. Bikini Island, also on Campbell Parade, has been a local favourite since 1981.

Bondi Open Air Cinema


Flickerfest (10 January to 19 January) is a short-film festival that takes place in Bondi every year; 2014 marks the 23rd annual event. Starting from humble beginnings, Flickerfest has grown to become Australia's only BAFTA-recognised competitive international short-film festival and a qualifying festival for Best Short Film and Best Animation categories of the Academy Awards.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk. Image Pierre Toussaint
Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk meanders south from Bondi Beach, offering spectacular ocean views. Enjoy a stop at other beaches along the way, including Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. Every spring, the more than 100 art exhibits of Sculpture by the Sea transform the walk.

Bondi Beach nightlife
Night-life in Bondi

Night-life in Bondi

Rinse off the sand between your toes and put on your best outfit as Bondi comes to life at night. Sean's Panaroma and Icebergs are two of the most popular venues, thanks to their magnificent ocean views, but there are countless other bars and clubs to enjoy into the small hours.