When asking international visitors what they know about Australia, or more specifically Sydney, Bondi Beach is usually top of their mind. This thriving beach hub has the best of both worlds: a relaxed beachside lifestyle within easy reach of arguably Australia’s most vibrant and happening city. Stunning soft, almost pink/white sand and perfectly clear aquamarine clear water make it a real eye-catcher.
Unsurprisingly Bondi, and its close neighbours, attract more that their fair share of Australia’s most well-known creatives, movers and shakers, and ‘beautiful people’. You never know who you might bump into walking down the street.
Bondi is found in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, approx. 20 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD. It is affectionally known by locals as the “Bondi Bubble’ because, with so much perfection on your doorstep, why would you ever leave? Restaurants, cafes, bars, wholefood grocers, supermarkets, boutique shopping, beauty and wellness hubs, and of course the stunning beach – this place really has it all.
And should there be something extra you need, Bondi Junction is conveniently close. There you will find Sydney’s largest Westfield Shopping Centre and a major transport hub with bus, train and taxi transport taking you wherever you need to go. Bondi Junction is 10 to 20 minute walk from the beach, or you can catch one of the frequent buses departing right in front of the beach on Campbell Parade.
The LOCAY team have put together some top tips to make sure you get the full Bondi experience. Here’s what to see and do to live like a local in Bondi.
Pull up a blanket on the hill overlooking the beach, known as the “Grassy Knoll”. It’s a great a spot for a bbq or picnic, or even just for people watching. Wander the backstreets nearby and you’ll find quirky little cafes and bars to explore. Or right by the beach is the popular North Bondi RSL, where you can grab a bite to eat or a beer with views of the whole beach from the balcony. Underneath the RSL is long-standing Bondi institution, North Bondi Fish, one of the best places for seafood in the East.
The main route up to Bondi Junction, this busy road has an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, with everything from takeaway pizza, kebab and chicken shops, to restaurants, fresh fruit and vegetable grocers, Jewish bakers and delis, along with yoga clubs, infrared saunas and wellness centres.
Icebergs Swimming Pools
The Bondi Icebergs is the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world and dates back to 1929. Yes, that’s right – this pool is open right through winter for those brave enough to dive into the icy waters! Open to the public, you can also take advantage of their sauna, as well cafe and restaurant with breathtaking views over the cliffs and beach.
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Extending for 6km, this coastal track takes you up and over the cliffs and along Tamarama, Bronte, and Clovelly beaches, then past popular snorkelling spot Gordon’s Bay through to Coogee. Lined with native fauna and with breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline, it is no wonder this walk is so popular.
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!
This really is Bondi’s unofficial main street. Effectively cutting the suburb in half, this is where you’ll find many cafes, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and delis.