When asking internationals what they know about Australia, or more specifically Sydney, Bondi Beach makes a mention every time. Maybe it is the soft white sands, picturesque shore line, colourful esplanade and those world famous ‘Icebergs’ swimming pools. Or maybe it’s the idea that you could live in paradise and still be just 20 mins from one of our largest and most happening cities in Australia. It is for all of these reasons that some of Australia’s most well known creatives, movers and shakers and let’s say ‘beautiful people’ choose to reside in this incredible beach side mecca.
If there is one place in Sydney you must experience, it is Bondi.
The Neighbourhood of Bondi Beach is found in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, approx. 20 min drive from Sydney’s central CBD. A community often referred to as the ‘bubble’, Bondi has everything at your door step. Restaurants, supermarkets, on-trend beauty and wellness hubs and a somewhat competitive active scene to be reckoned with.
Bondi Beach is a joined by the popular shopping and business precinct of Bondi Junction. Here you will find Sydney’s largest Westfield Shopping Centre as well major a transport hub where bus, train and taxi transport can get you to almost anywhere passing through Sydney’s East and City hot spots. Bondi Junction is a 10-20 min walk from the waters edge of Bondi, or visitors can simply catch any bus through most of the neighbourhood if walking it not on the days agenda.
Whilst in Bondi, we recommend checking out some of the smaller, more local pockets for which you can spot your fair share celebs, avant-garde boutiques and organic whole-food trends coming to a store near you soon.
The LOCAY team have put together some of our favourite haunts that absolutely deserve a look in when your living local…
A vantage point allowing you to overlook Bondi Beach or take a punt with the locals at The Bondi Golf & Diggers Club. We suggest weaving through the back streets on the way back to find local, hole in the wall style cafe’s and boutique pop ups that have become institutions of this area.
Somewhat eclectic, this major thoroughfare is flanked with an interesting mix of stores and concepts. From luxe infrared sauna and wellness institutions, to crafted leather artisans and authentic Russian Small-good stores; this makes for an interesting stroll to your local supermarket or shores of Bondi.
Icebergs Swimming Pools
The Bondi Icebergs is the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world and dates back to as early as 1929. Yes, thats right. It is open through Winter! The complex is open to the public and can see those who attend enjoy the benefits of their on site sauna and cafe. As your LOCAY host for opening times, as well check up on cleaning days where this iconic establishment is closed to the public.
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Extending for 6km, this stretch of coastal wonderland comes with high recommendation for good reason. Commencing this walk from Bondi will see you meander your way through Sydney’s Eastern beach culture. Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and finally Coogee are each the best representation of local life from Bondi. Public transport is easily found throughout the route and can lead you back to both your LOCAY door step, or more centrally in Bondi.
Small Australian boutiques rubbing shoulders with some of the fashion industries IT brands, this street is a shoppers delight. Consider that big names like Lucy Folk, Venroy, Von Route, Le Labo, Jac + Jac and Saturdays of New York all await ready to cause damage… to the bank account that is!
The more commercial front to Bondi’s shopping scene, this is central Bondi Beach. Various take-away options, cafes, bars, restaurants and supermarkets can all be found here. Again, with a simple bus ride you can arrive or depart to Sydney’s CBD with ease.