Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
Surfing at Bondi
Bondi Beach is one of the world’s best destinations to learn to surf, with mesmerising views and waves that draw surfers from everywhere. Enrol in an accredited surf school and learn from experienced teachers who know the waves and will help you understand ocean conditions.
Learn to surf at Bondi
The waves at Australia’s most famous beach suits all levels of experience, even beginners. If you’re a novice, enrol in a surf school at Bondi Beach and you’ll be standing on a board in no time and riding the curling waters at one of the world’s most iconic destinations.
The beach is 30 minutes by public transport from Town Hall, in the City Centre. Experienced surfers head to South Bondi, where southerly swells cross a rocky reef and unfurl as powerful right-handers, to the joy of a mostly short-board contingent of locals and visitors.
Sandbanks near the beach’s middle shape two or three separate left and right breaks. Ben Buckler, a point at Bondi's northern end, is popular with experienced surfers during a big swell.
For the quintessential Bondi experience, book a lesson with Lets Go Surfing. You can also teach yourself to surf with plenty of board hire available. Surfing can be a dangerous, so make sure you abide by the beach rules and understand local surfing conditions.
You can also join locals and watch a glorious sunrise, enjoy an early morning swim and then breakfast at a beachside café on Campbell Parade. Dry off with a walk along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk to more beaches at Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee.
Drop into Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia's oldest swim clubs that occupies a rocky headland at the southern end of the beach. Visitors are welcome at the bar and restaurant, and an Olympic-size saltwater public swimming pool offers stunning vistas.
Shop and surf at Bondi Beach
Bondi is a mecca for beach and swimwear shopping. On Campbell Parade there's a string of swimwear shops, including Labyrinth, Mambo and The Big Swim stocking brands such as local heroes, Hotel Bondi Swim, Zimmerman and Anna and Boy. An institution since 1981 is Bikini Island, also on Campbell Parade. At nearby Bondi Junction, you'll find more swimwear at Westfield Bondi Junction.
Enjoy Sydneys 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 read 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.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.