Bondi Beach Lifestyle
The day begins early at Bondi Beach. As a glorious sunrise edges above the ocean horizon, surfers gracefully carve up waves, joggers limber up on the promenade and swimmers flip turn in Bondi Baths. The famous beach is buzzing from dawn to dusk and then Bondi’s night-time scene sparkles.
The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for travel snaps or selfies at any time of the year. Just 8km from the city centre, Bondi is easy to get to by public transport – the trip from Town Hall is 30 minutes. Or you can take a scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay for a connecting bus to Bondi.
The main beach area is in front of the Bondi Pavilion. Roll out your beach towel and soak up Sydney’s laid-back beach lifestyle and enjoy a dip between the red and yellow flags. Professional lifeguards patrol Bondi Beach 365 days a year.
You can learn to surf year-round at one of the accredited surf schools. Experienced surfers head to the southern end of the beach, where southerly swells and a rocky reef create powerful waves. On adjacent Campbell Parade you’ll find shops selling surf gear and swimwear. Surfboard hire is also available.
Things to do
At the southern end of the beach on the rocky headland is the iconic Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs, it gets its name from diving in in the middle of winter when the water is arctic-cold. The 50-metre pool and wading pool for kids are open to the public. Visitors are also welcome at the bar and bistro.
Between May and November spot whales during their annual migration from one of the spectacular vantage points along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6km trail which links four beaches. In late spring, the cliffs of the coastal walk are transformed by as Sculpture by the Sea, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition.
A year-round events calendar highlights the festivals, activities and attractions that are held in Bondi throughout the year, including the Festival of the Winds which is a kite festival on the beach, the Bondi Beach Latin American Festival and Flickerfest, a short film festival at Bondi Pavilion.
Eat and drink
There are delicious places to eat, from beachside cafes and ice cream parlours to hip bars and fine dining restaurants with great views. Speedo’s Café in North Bondi was crowned the world’s most Instagrammable café and nearby is pretty Biddigal Reserve, affectionately known to locals as the grassy knoll, which has free barbecue facilities and priceless views across the beach.