Bondi Beach is a must-visit attraction for every traveller in Sydney
Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia located in eastern Sydney. If you’ve visited Sydney before and missed out on a trip to Bondi Beach, then your visit was incomplete. It’s world-renown must do! A go-to beach for a stroll, picnic, swimming, surfing, dining and shopping. Getting there is easy, accessible by public transport from the city, direct bus or a combination of train to Bondi Junction and bus to Bondi Beach.
There are plenty of beaches around the Eastern suburbs but Bondi Beach seems to top as the most visited by tourists and locals alike. It is home to many exciting events and festivals all year-round. Like the World famous City to Surf marathon held yearly (except last year due to Covid-19), the fun run starts from Hyde Park in the city and culminates at Bondi Beach.
Aside from the beach, there are salted open swimming pools located at the southern and northern ends of the beach. In the south is Bondi Icebergs Club, this iconic landmark offers two salted swimming pools with spectacular ocean views. A fee of $9 adult and $6 for children to use the pool and sauna. There is a casual bistro and a bar inside this club, a perfect place for a feed and drinks. If you fancy an elegant dinner, the Iceberg Dining Room is the restaurant to go with the window tables offering commanding views over Bondi Beach and the open ocean beyond.
There are modern and accessible facilities along the main promenade which include change rooms and showers.
A sea wall of contemporary and street artworks add colour and charm to the beach front. From the imaginative through to the thought provoking. For the skaters, there are two ramps above the sea wall in a dedicated park.
Sweeping with a kilometre of fine and powdery white sands and pristine clear water, this crescent-shaped beach is also a surfers paradise. At the southern end, there are signs where you can launch your surf craft whilst the northern end is for boogie boarders and bodysurfers.
As a general rule, it is essential to swim between the flags! Lifeguards put up flags on the beach to show where it is safe to swim. The rips can be notorious so always swim safe to be safe. The Lifeguard Tower is located in the middle of the beach, staffed by professional lifeguards that know these waters well.
Another landmark is the Heritage listed Bondi Surf Pavilion constructed in 1928-29. Last time I visited this semi run down building was for an art exhibition and a morning tea at the in-house coffee shop. Thankfully it’s currently getting a facelift and will provide world class amenities when completed.
Northern end of Bondi Beach is where you’ll find the Children’s Swimming Pool. The North Bondi RSL club is a good place for a drink and bite with spectacular views of the famous beach. For sunset lovers, Biddigal Reserve is the perfect spot, a truly Instagrammable place.
Bondi Beach is dotted with top shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, hostels and backpacker style accommodation, it has something for just about everyone. One thing we enjoy doing here is to buy a takeaway and sit on the grassy Bondi Beach Park and watch the world go by or dine in one of the restaurants with an outdoor seating area.
How to get there by public transport:
Public Transport: Direct by bus 380 or the dedicated 333 from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach.
Train and Bus: Catch the train (Illawarra Line) to Bondi Junction then bus 380, 381, 382 or 333 to Bondi Beach.
Drive: There is a huge paid carpark just opposite the beach but be warned that this car park gets full to capacity very quickly, so consider your transport options. If you only intend to visit for a short stay, you can find an one hour or two hour free street parking spots around the back streets, but make sure you read the signs to avoid getting booked. Wilson Parking located at the Pacific Bondi Beach is an affordable secure parking option.