Bondi Beach, Sydney

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    Head down to Beautiful Bondi Beach

    by ATXtraveler Written May 7, 2005

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    Bondi Beach is an international icon, from which many people will be seen. The street in front of the beach is lined with international cuisine, the walkway lined with casual walkers, hurried surfers trying to get to the water, and many people cramming in to see the world famous Bondi. One of the most enjoyable things we did on our trip was to walk around this beach, but then also to break out and walk down towards some of the smaller beaches south of Bondi. Take the walkway south from the beach toward the famous Icebergs Swimming Pool, and start your adventure!

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    Bondi Beach

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Liz is a big beach girl and wanted to see Bondi. We hopped on a bus and went to Bondi Beach. The bus ride was easy and quick. We started our day lounging on the beach. The sand is super fine and soft. It was a bit windy in the morning but that didn't hamper the visit. Liz took a dip in the Pacific as I lounged on the beach. It was great to sit and watch the waves crash, the surfers and the people strolling by. The weather was beautiful and we had a fabulous day.

    While there on this first visit we had the experience to watch several Japanese businessmen in full suits walking the beach with their pant legs rolled up. Liz didn't seem to notice them as much as she was enjoying the surf, but the whole scene to me was quite entertaining.

    On our second visit the beach was much more crowded as it was fully summer. We took the bus here from Bondi Junction train station for our walk down the shore to Coogee.

    Liz getting ready for a dip Surf's Up Beautiful water Surfers

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    Bondi Beach et al

    by iandsmith Written Jul 1, 2004

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    Yes, here's something you may not know Bondi Beach for - a sculpture symposium!
    Held towards the end of the year, invitees can display their work and sell it off afterwards. This way you get to see fresh stuff every year and the artisitically inclined get to make some money. Well, some of them do.
    Of course, one of the great things about this type of art is - it's free!

    Just a bit of polish there...
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    Bondi Beach - you've all heard of it

    by amyhenderson Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    So you think what trip to Sydney would be complete without a trip to Bondi Beach? Well, you are right.

    However, just a warning not to expect a little paradise of a beach. Bondi is very developed and built up and has apartments, restaurants, bars & clubs built all around it. Its a constant people parade with flexing muscles and improving tans.

    If you're not into that scene (or just a bit scared of the harsh Australian sun) I would recommend going there for an early evening meal, a walk along the promenade & if you behaved, an ice-cream.

    If/when you are beaching it at Bondi, make sure you try both North & South ends of
    the beach. They seem to have sub-cultures at each end. South is more travellers,
    low profile locals & surfers. North is more posers, muscle guys & young
    families.

    There are plenty of good ones in this area! A favourite is DEFINITELY 'Blue Orange' on Hall Street, Bondi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ALL scrumptious.

    Bondi Beach during the week
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    Bondi Beach

    by martin_nl Written Nov 2, 2004

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    The most popular beach in Sydney has to be Bondi. It is also one of the most beautiful. Doesn't it look stunning on the picture. Yes when I took the shot it was very very busy since it was Christmas, but it is just as busy on a sunny and hot weekend day, so come early for a good spot. Bondi has big waves usually, so hours of fun guarenteed if you want to surf or swim!! Sometimes there are rips though, so make sure you stay between the flags where the life guards can see you! Also don't go in too far or too long without taking a rest. I had to take someone to less deep water since he was exhausted.

    Beside being a wonderful beach for lots of activities, Bondi is also the start or finish of the Bondi to Coogee scenic walk. This is a walk of a couple of hours that will take you to some other beaches like Bronte and Tamarama. These beaches aren't as busy and well worth checking out.

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    Bondi Beach

    by xuessium Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Bondi Beach is definitely one of Australia's most famous beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometre long and is patrolled by lifesavers who make swimmers stay between the yellow and red flags.

    It has fine sand and the waters beautifully blue with plenty of surfers dude and gals having a go at the waves. This place is packed tight on the weekends with plenty of beautiful blonzed (and baked) bodies.

    How to get there:
    Bus numbers 380, 381, 382 and 389 serves Bondi Beach from Sydney. Bus fares are calculated according to the number of sections you travel. It's all a bit complex for tourists but briefly it's A$1.60 from Bondi Junction, A$2.70 from Paddington and Darlinghurst and A$3.60 from Circular Quay.

    There is a train service from the city (via Town Hall) to Bondi Junction. The Sydney train system finishes around midnight. There are a couple of later trains on Friday and Saturday nights at 12:09 and 12:39. At weekends, the trains run every 15 minutes on 10, 25, 40 and 55 from Bondi Junction to the city.

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    Bondi

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    One of the most famous beaches in the world - Bondi. Its known as the 'K-Mart' of beaches in Sydney as it is one of the most built up and popular. Be as it may, its still a beautiful sight - wide sands, blue waters, breakers and surfers. The rip can be very dodgy but even so....Not the most beautiful, but certainly a lotta fun! And of course the epynonymous surfers... :)

    Off the beach it has one of the highest concentration of budget accommodation outside Victoria St in The Cross and Hall Street is packed with cafes/bars/restaurants.

    You can also walk and follow the coast both north and south (see Tamarama tip for heading south). Head north to North Bondi to get great views back over the beach and, take life and limb in hand and walk across the Golf Course to get great views along the coast.

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    Bondi Beach

    by SmilingTraveller Updated May 20, 2005

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    Certainly not one of Sydney's most beautiful beaches, but being one of the most famous in the world it should rate a visit.

    The beach is approximately a kilometre in length and is patrolled by lifesavers who ensure that swimmers stay between the red & yellow flags - very important that travellers do this as many rescues are necessary every year due to lack of experience swimming at surf beaches. During the summer months Bondi Beach can be very crowded, but the water is clean and the sand is also cleaned every day.

    Bondi is a great place for people watching and there are some good cafes and restaurants along the beachfront. There are also many other activities all year round at Bondi Beach, many of them are centered around the Pavilion. Activities range from surfing competitions and kite flying to festivals, markets & galleries.

    From 17 December 2004, Bondi Beach and all other beaches in the Waverley Council precinct were deemed "Non Smoking" zones. Hurrah!!

    North Bondi Beach View to South Bondi Beach Bondi Pavilion - Autumn 2005 Scupture By The Sea - Spring 2007
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    Bondi Beach: Australian Beach Culture

    by shellseeker Written May 11, 2003

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    To fully understand the attraction of Sydney you have to go to the BEACH. Bondi is the most famous one, for sure not the most scenic in Sydney. But still it is a very good place to go and enjoy the sun, surf and sea. And you can easily continue on a rewarding walk along the coast to get to Tarramarra, Bronte, Clovelly or Coogee Beach south of Bondi.

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    Bondi Beach

    by Canadienne Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Bondi Beach is very popular ~ the restaurants and cafes are a bit on the expensive side. The real reason to visit, however, is to enjoy the stretch of golden sand ~ whether you surf, swim, walk or just watch the activity. Our visit was in July, so there weren't many surfers still braving the weather.

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    Bondi Beach

    by Mez77 Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    Bondi Beach is quite famous with Australians and visitors alike. I love the atmosphere at Bondi. You have a great, clean beach nestled between two cliffs full of townhouses. Along the foreshore are a myriad of retaurants. It is the place to be if you are young and beautiful. I went anyway :o).

    There are a number of walks that you can take around Bondi, or you can sit on the beach and relax.

    There are activities all year round, many of them are centered around the Pavilion. From kite flying and surfing competitions, to festivals, markets and galleries.

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    Surfs up @ Bondi

    by weewatty Written Feb 2, 2005

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    No visit to Sydney is complete without a trip to Australia's most famous patch of sand, Bondi Beach.

    Don't know what I was expecting but really its just a beach, sounds silly but i was prepared for something a bit more mystical. Saying that it is a good beach, a wide expanse of sand giving us loads of room on the day we visited, although i hear it gets packed on Holidays.

    Watching the numerous surfers catching a wave passes a good half hour, and talent spotting on the beach ;-) takes up the rest of the day while you sit back and catch some rays, remembering ofcourse to slap on the sun lotion.

    More than enough eateries on the streets directly off the beach, take a walk up to the ocean pool at the South End of Bondi, a good spot for taking pics.

    Visit the link i have included in this tip, i get pictures from Bondi beach in my email in box every morning because i subscribed to their free service

    Last in's a Flaming Gallah!!!
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    Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk: Spectacular Scenery

    by amyhenderson Written Mar 12, 2003

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    The Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach Coastal Walk is spectacular, with dramatic cliff tops to small, intimate beaches. This walk is a great, invigorating experience.

    The walk is approx 2.5kms one way, medium grade and with some steps. Picnic areas and most beaches have BBQs, kiosks and toilets.

    If you just want to walk one way (doesn't sound far, but is a little more adventurous than it sounds) you can catch the 378 bus back to Bondi Junction.

    Bronte Beach... and many more...

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    World famous Bondi Beach

    by sabrina_florida Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    You know Bondi in Argentina (pronounced bondee) is the slang for bus!
    Anyway, Bondi is the biggest and most crowded beach in Sydney.
    Packed with surfers, young people and families (weekends) as well.
    If you want a snack you just cross the street. There are lots of shops. Also there are people selling bottles of home made juice in trolleys.
    At the weekend there is a market with very nice craft.

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    Bondi Beach

    by Openseas Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most famous beaches. It is located in the Eastern Suburbs south of Sydney. The beach is wide and long and at times can be dangerous and subjected to rips. Please swim between the flags if you are deciding to have the day at the beach.

    There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and hotels in Bondi Beach.

    Buses run to the beach at 10 minute intervals from Bondi Junction. Services are limited after 7:30 pm Buses run every 15 minutes until midnight. On Friday and Saturday nights buses run every half hour all through the night.

    The railway station at Bondi Junction is 2 kms from the beach. The train service runs every 10 minutes on weekdays, and every 15 minutes at weekends. All buses from the beach to the city go via the railway station at Bondi Junction.

    Buses and trains can be caught from Circular Quay, Town Hall and St James Station.

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