Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
Waves at Australia’s most famous beach suit all levels of experience, even beginners. You can enrol in a surf school at Bondi Beach and you’ll be riding waves in no time at one of the world’s most iconic destinations. The beach is 30 minutes by public transport from Town Hall in the city centre.
You’ll find a number of surf schools offering lessons at Bondi, including Let’s Go Surfing and Waves Surf School. Both schools also offer multiday surfing safaris, a great way to meet new friends and learn to surf as you travel up the spectacular NSW North Coast to Byron Bay, a surfing paradise.
Or teach yourself to surf. Board hire is available at several locations in Bondi. Surfing can be a dangerous, so make sure you abide by the beach rules and understand local surfing conditions. You should also familiarise yourself with surfing etiquette, such as who has the right of way on a wave.
Experienced surfers head to South Bondi, where southerly swells cross a rocky reef and unfurl as powerful right-handers. Sandbanks near the beach’s middle shape two or three separate left and right breaks. Ben Buckler, a point at North Bondi, is popular with experienced surfers in a big swell.
You can buy surf gear at shops on Campbell Parade, next to the beach, or in nearby Westfield Bondi Junction. Other things to do include watching a glorious sunrise, enjoying an early swim and then breakfast at a beachside cafe. Fuelled up, you can embark on the 6km Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.
Or swim laps in Bondi Baths, a 50-metre saltwater pool and a children’s pool at the southern end of the beach. Just above the pool on the rocky headland is the iconic Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs. Visitors are welcome at the bar and bistro – the views are magnificent.