Bondi Beach Lifestyle

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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.

Couple enjoying a surf lesson with Lets Go Surfing, Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

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.

Bondi Beach - Bondi - Sydney East

Things to do in Bondi

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.

Sculpture by the Sea along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk

Eat and drink in Bondi

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 BBQ facilities and priceless views across the beach.

Sydney Beach safety

ENJOY SYDNEY'S BEACHES BY FOLLOWING THESE 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.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

Bondi Beach FAQs

What’s special about Bondi Beach?

Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s largest beaches and it’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre. It is easily accessible by public transport, and the area is very popular for locals and tourists alike both for the beach and for the trendy cafes, bars and shops that run through Bondi.

How much does it cost to go to Bondi Beach?

Going to Bondi Beach itself is free, as are all beaches in Sydney and NSW. If you want to get there by public transport, a bus trip from Circular Quay in the CBD to Bondi Beach will usually cost $2.61, although the price does increase during peak hour. If you want to drive there is parking, however you will have to pay and it can be very hard to find a spot during busy periods.

Can you swim at Bondi Beach?

Yes. Bondi Beach is generally safe to swim at, and on the rare occasion that it isn't there will be clear warnings given and signposted. Just make sure to stay between the flags, because this is where the lifeguards tend to be most focused.

Is Bondi Rescue real?

Yes, Bondi Rescue is a documentary style show that follows professional lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach. All of the rescues and the other work they do are real life scenarios.

Where is Bondi Beach?

Bondi Beach is about 8km east of the Sydney CBD. It is the closest ocean beach to the city centre.

How do you get to Bondi Beach?

Buses run regularly from Sydney’s CBD to Bondi Beach. You can also drive, or catch a ferry to Watsons Bay then hop on a bus.