Bondi

With white sands, curling waves and sandstone cliffs, Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach and a world icon. The jewel of Sydney’s laid-back beach lifestyle, Bondi has something for everyone, from swimming, surfing and sunbathing to a spectacular coastal walk and delicious places to eat.

Only 30 minutes by public transport from Town Hall in the city centre, Bondi is home to one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in the world and one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs, iconic Bondi Icebergs at the southern end of the beach. You can swim laps with the Icebergs in the Bondi Baths.

Sun rising over Bondi Icebergs at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Professional lifesavers patrol the beach all year - they even have a TV show, Bondi Rescue. With a temperate climate, locals and visitors swim year-round and surfers can be spotted in the waves at dawn. A fun way to experience Bondi is to learn to surf at a surf school, such as Let’s Go Surfing.

Other things to do include the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a picturesque 6km trail with vantage points on sandstone clifftops to spot whales between May and November. You’ll find a vibrant events calendar of markets and festivals, with Sculpture by the Sea a popular spring attraction.

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney

The world’s biggest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition has more than 100 Australian and international artists displaying their works. Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings are in the area and tour groups can explore this heritage and more with indigenous-owned Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours.

A tasty range of beachside cafes, hip bars and restaurants will tempt your tastebuds. Two acclaimed restaurants with marvellous ocean views, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at the southern end and Sean’s Panaroma at the northern end, feature in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.

Hall Street and other streets back from beachside Campbell Parade are dotted with delightful cafes and restaurants too. Or buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips and savour them on the beach. There are plenty of places to stay in Bondi, from youth hostels to apartments, beach houses and beachside hotels.

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  1. Saturdays at El Topo Basement

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Saturday 09 February 2019 , Bondi

    Bondi's latest open venue - open till 4am, keeping the party going all night long. Saturday's are a time to be enjoying delicious cocktails, catching up with friends, and partying all night long, with headline DJ’s creating nights you’ll…

    15 Dec - 09 Feb
  2. Learn to draw a portrait

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Monday 25 March 2030 , Bondi

    Are you already a decent portrait drawer and want to get even better? Or maybe your pinnacle of achievement consists of stick figures? Either way, let expert artist Anya take you through how you can best create a portrait, the easy way,…

    15 Dec - 25 Mar
  3. Fun Japanese Cooking Workshops with Yoshiko

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Saturday 01 February 2025 , Bondi

    Enjoy a lovely afternoon with a superstar chef, who's the author of multiple cookbooks and is passionate about healthy Japanese cuisine. Yoshiko Takeuchi has worked across many of Sydney's top restaurants, including Tetsuya's. She'll…

    15 Dec - 01 Feb