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. 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.
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.