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.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

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. Between May and November spot whales from the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6km trail with spectacular views.

You’ll find many more things to do and fabulous events, such as Sculpture by the Sea. There are delicious places to eat, from beachside cafes and ice cream parlours to hip bars and fine dining restaurants with great views. In pretty Biddigal Reserve in North Bondi are free barbecue facilities.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

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 are shops selling surf gear and swimwear. Surfboard hire is available too.

Professional lifeguards patrol Bondi Beach 365 days a year. At the southern end of the beach on the rocky headland is the iconic Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs. The 50-metre pool and wading pool for kids are open to the public. Visitors are also welcome at the bar and bistro.

Events

  1. Bowl-A-Rama

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Bondi

    Bowl-A-Rama is Australia's biggest and best skateboarding competition. A globally recognised celebration of skateboarding culture, Bowl-A-Rama attracts legendary and current Pro skaters from all around the world to defend their titles. …

  2. Learn to draw a portrait

    Monday 18 February 2019 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,…

    18 Feb - 25 Mar
  3. Guy James Whitworth Plus A+ Allies

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Bondi

    During Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, award winning artist Guy James Whitworth will set up studio in the Bondi Pavilion. Uniquely starting with an empty gallery and fill it over the two weeks of his exhibition with colourful,…

    18 Feb - 24 Feb
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.