While golden sands, turquoise waters and perfect waves make Bondi Beach an iconic Sydney attraction, there is plenty to do beyond the surf. Fine dining, eclectic shopping markets, gorgeous coastal walks and a buzzing nightlife can all be experienced in Bondi.
At any time of the year, Bondi Beach is a buzzing morning, late afternoon and night-time scene. Enjoy a tasty coffee and some breakfast before walking the Bondi to Coogee coastline. Take in a long, lazy lunch in one of the suburb’s excellent restaurants. Among the dining options is Sean’s Panaroma, a landmark of Bondi culture. It 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. Join the queue at Gelato Messina - it will give you time to make your choice from the daily ice cream specials board. Finish a perfect day in Bondi with a cocktail as you rub shoulders with popular Sydney stars who call this beachside icon home.
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 that offer lessons year-round. Protected areas make it easy for novices to learn, while the more experienced surfers head to the south end of the beach.
Spend your Saturday wandering through the idyllic Bondi Farmers Market, featuring artisanal foods sold by the people who make them. Sunday morning at Bondi markets gives shoppers the opportunity to see the next big fashion designers in the making, as stallholders showcase their up and coming designs at affordable prices. Vintage finds and souvenirs are also for sale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy Sydney’s beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
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