Bondi Beach Travel Guide

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Bondi Beach Things to Do

  • Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee

    Liz and I decided we wanted to do the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee. We both love the ocean and heard the views along this walk were unsurpassed. We began our walk in Bondi on the Promenade. We climbed up the hills and looked down upon the beach and the crashing surf; absolutely beautiful. We then continued along the path to Mackenzies Point....

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  • The Beautiful Beach

    We always arrive to Bondi Beach via a bus from Bondi Junction. As soon as we see the beach; it is an "Ahhhh" feeling. The beach is beautiful with a long stretch of sand and crashing blue surf. There is always a hub of activity; joggers, surfers, skaters, bikers, joggers, people swimming, sun worshippers and even a TV crew filming something (don't...

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  • Salt Water Pool

    The Salt Water Pools at Bondi are a nice alternative to the ocean. If you don't want to brave the waves this is a nice way to have a leisurely swim or to do some laps without worry.

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  • Bondi Park

    Bondi Park is right before the beach and is a busy area. Picnics, people lounging, biker riders, skaters and people strolling make this a bustle of activity.

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  • Life Saving Monument

    Beaches can be dangerous with rip tides, big waves and inexperienced swimmers. It's up to the brave lifesavers of the beaches to keep everyone safe. This monument at Bondi is for all that protect the beaches.

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  • The World Famous Bondi Beach

    I am not quite sure if there is a way to describe all the different ways I have had Bondi Beach described to me in the past. What I can tell you is that this place is world famous, and if you go there you will know why. As AussieDoug will tell you, it does not have the best surf, nor the best surfers. I can tell you first hand it is not the best...

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Bondi Beach Restaurants

  • Bondi's Italian Cafe on Campbell

    On our first trip to Bondi, we arrived in on the city bus. Since we had been travelling quite a long time by bus and ferry, we were hungry and in need of a restroom. Il Puntino was one of our first options, and while some of the more traditional Australian options were open, they were all serving breakfast still, and we were in a lunch mood. Il...

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  • Eating at Bondi Beach

    You shouldn't have trouble finding a place to eat at Bondi Beach. The street is lined with all kinds of places, from fish and chips to cafes to Italian, Japanese, and more upscale places.The website below lists some restaurants.

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  • Quickly our favorite local

    Deli Bottega was just steps from our apartment. This little restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining and even though it was winter, we couldn't resist sitting outside by the warm and toasty heater and cozy blankets provided by the waiter. On our first visit Beverly had the Tuesday Special; mussels and wine, while I opted for the soup of the day (a...

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Bondi Beach Nightlife

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    by AnnikaW Written Sep 21, 2002

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    There is no entrance fee, which is good! You don't have to be especially dressed up and there is a lot of different people here. Backpackers, locals, young and old.

    Dress Code: I think they have a sign saying "No thongs", but as that's what EVERYONE is wearing in Australia, even when going out you won't have a problem getting in!

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Bondi Beach Transportation

  • Train and Bus

    The easiest way to get to Bondi Beach is to catch a bus from the city (Circular quay, Elizabeth Street or Oxford Street). 380, 381 and L82 will take you here. You can also take the train to Bondi Junction and take one of the buses (380, 381 or L82) from Stand A at the train station.

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  • Take the Tain to Bondi junction

    Visiting Bondi is as simple as catching the City Rail to Bondi Junction. From Bondi Junction buses leave for areas of Bondi, Watsons Bay, Coogee and back to the city. The buses are a quick and easy way to get to your destination and provide a nice view.

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  • If you are taking a car

    The bus is the way to go if you are coming to Bondi.Otherwise parking the car can be a hassle.Beach parking is available for $5 p/h (max rate $15)Residential parking meters are $3.50 p/h (max 2 hour ticket- more tickets can be purchased, they just have to be updated every 2 hours).A temporary permit can be obtained from Waverly Council (Customer...

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Bondi Beach Shopping

  • Beachside Market

    Bondi Markets are amazing and a must do if you are in the area. On every Sunday from 9am to 3pm they have an amazing array of hip and cool clothing, keepsakes, jewellery, paintings and things to buy. The markets are located at the far end of Bondi Beach closer to North Bondi in the local pubic school and boasts about 140 stalls offering everything...

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  • Shopping Galore

    The Westfield Bondi Junction is a huge shopping and entertainment center. There is tons of shopping for men, women, children and for the home. Both typical and upscale stores can be found here such as Coles and Chanel. The Movie Theatre shows the latests flicks and there are plenty of food options from baked good to Chinese food to keep your belly...

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  • Beachwear

    Between the Flags is the typical beachwear store on Bondi Beach. They sell men's, women's and childrens clothing. They also have beach towels and swimwear. The last time we visited Bondi in 2007 I saw a tee shirt I had wanted but didn't buy....instead we bought a pricey beach towel. This trip in 2010 I found a similar shirt and decided to not let...

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Bondi Beach Local Customs

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    by cjg1 Written Mar 24, 2010

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    On the walls of the beach were graffiti murasls that either depicted local people, beach scenes and even memorials to dead friends.

    Santa surfs....

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Bondi Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • The Sun is Strong....

    The Sun is very strong in Australia. There are signs and posters on buses and buildings warning about the high skin cancer rate in Australia. Fortunately Liz always wears sunblock and brings plenty of it. She made sure I wore sunblock 100 and stayed protected. I also made sure to wear a hat to protect my face, head and ears. After all of our...

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  • Black Sunday

    Just a note on how the water can be destrcutive:On 6 February 1938, 5 people drowned and over 250 people were rescued after a series of large waves struck the beach and pulled people back into the sea, a day that became known as "Black Sunday". This event is still remembered today and memorials are in the area. Unbelievable to think such a...

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  • Jelly Fish Warnings

    Jelly Fish are dangerous and some have no known cure for their sting. The Lifesavers post warning when jellyfish are spotted in the water. Head their caution and stay out of harms way until the jellyfish clear. You don't want the pain of a jellyfish sting or the potential life threatening reactions the venom can cause.

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Bondi Beach Tourist Traps

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    by cjg1 Written Feb 5, 2009

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    We didn't pack towels for our trip and forgot to bring toweld from our hotel. We were stuck purchasing a towel from one of the many beach side stores. So for $28 dollars we got a towel in a vinyl sack. That's what we get for not packing a towel. Oh well....

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Bondi Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Cliff Walks

    If you have some spare hours, take a walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee. You'll walk past some great beaches: Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly; all smaller and less crowded than Bondi.

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  • Do not miss The Gap!

    The Gap was easily one of my favourite parts of our entire trip to Sydney. The views of the ocean and of the city in the distance are stunning!The Gap is an easy stop on the Bondi Explorer bus, however the stops can be deceiving. Stay on the bus at stop number ten, Watson's Bay, and ride it up to the top of the hill to stop number eleven. That way,...

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  • Sculpture by the Sea

    1-17 of November 2002 a art show called Sculpture by The Sea is set up along the coastal walk from Bondi-Tamarama.

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Bondi Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing

    Plenty of surfers were out in the water during my trip to Bondi. From what they told me the waves can get up to a decent size.

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  • The Beach

    What a great place to spend the day! Whether you like to swim or just lay out and relax, Bondi is one of the best beaches in the world.If you can't sit still, then take a walk along the beach or on the road and grab something to eat in one of the restaurants.

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    by AnnikaW Updated Nov 18, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Escape the hectic city and just relax on the beach! Bondi is lovely, but can be crowded in summer. However, there are several smaller beaches not far away, Bronte, Tamarama and Gordon's Bay for example.

    Bondi Beach, North Bondi View

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