Bondi beach was the first stop of our last afternoon in Sydney. We clearly did not know what to expect, in fact it became also the last stop, we spent hours just walking around the beach and watching surfers a human specie very hard to find in our country. As Manly, Bondi is not just a beach but also shops and restaurant, but I really enjoyed the beach here while the Manly shopping area is better in my opinion.
It's got to be one of the most famous beaches in the world, and certainly in Australia where it ranks as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. It's synonymous with sand, sea, surf and sun. The beach is broad and the waves come crashing down, leading to crowds of surfers awaiting the next swell. The southern part of the beach is particularly popular with surfers, having a powerful rip current. The northern end is best for the less adventurous.
Our Australian friends told us about this coastal walk. We started at Bondi. Hubbie had a quick swim, but I did not like the size of those waves. Then we walked along the coastal path to Bronte Beach. A bit calmer. We both had a swim. Then through a clifftop cemetery to Coogee Beach where we saw a shrine saying apparitions of the Virgin Mary had appeared there. The scenery on this walk is lovely.
Sydney has many beaches and most people would agree that Bondi, which is undoubtedly one of the world’s great beaches, is probably her best. Bondi is where ocean and land seem to collide, the Pacific arrives in great foaming swells, and all people are equal, as democratic as sand. Bondi is also the closest ocean beach to the city center, has consistently good (though crowded) waves, and is great for a rough ‘n’ tumble swim. Other, less well known and usually less crowded beaches are, however. just a brief hike over the heads. These include Coogee, Bronte, and Cronulla. Sydney’s Northern Beaches also make for a deliciously sandy day trip. Extending north from Manly, where I stayed on my first visit, they form a continuous stretch of laid back ’burbs, craggy headlands, and over twenty beaches, finishing at Palm Beach.
How can one visit Sydney in summer without a visit to this beautiful sandy beach? In addition to the many fine restaurants, a walk on the golden sand or a dip in the turquoise water is an experience. Bondi Beach is only 8 km away from the city centre, just catch the bus numbers 333, 380 or 389 from Circular Quay.
It was a rainy day while I was visiting Bondi Beach. So, I did not walk very far. Basically, I visited Bondi Pavilion, Icebergs (Bondi Baths), and some shops along the beach.
I think this is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in Australia so far. The wave of the beach is so strong and beautiful. The landscape and the coast line is just so perfect for the whole area. I believe there is more views to see at the south of the beach between Icebergs and Sesquicentenary Boardwalk. Please check out the website for the walkway... I wish to go back there again for the walk.
i stayed in sydney for a month it was the best time .my daughter was out their for a year we travelled while i was their first thing was bondi beach it was amazing the people are so freindly lots of little bars and cafes.
next we travelled to the gold coast paridise island lots of backpackers their we stayed in little b&b with breakfast £5 a night it was ok stayed for 4 nights then on to airlie beach stayed their 4 nights it is so cheap to get b&b their we went to whitsunday islands to hamilton island and south moll island these places i will never forget .also we stayed in cains that was a fun place stayed in lovely little backpackers place lots of cheap bars and cafes and to finish swam in the barrier reef i reccommened oz to anyone go you will have a ball i did
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.
Sydney is a unique city in that you can go into a cosmopolitan and modern city with all it's hectic fast pace madness in the morning to a laid back, slow paced beach in the afternoon with a short drive. There are many beaches that you can visit with most of them looking absolutely great. The most famous of course is Bondi Beach. It can get a bit crowded especially during the summer but it's a really good place to go to. Another good beach to go to is the Manly Beach which is a 30 minute ferry ride away from Circular Quay but is worth the trip.
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.
When you've got a bit of time to kill (especially if you have young children - cos they will love this!) a great option is to hop on the Sydney Monorail and do a few loops. You pay a once off fare of $4.90 per adult and you can literally sit on it all day if you want, but once you leave the station thats the end of your journey. So, Sue and I jumped on at Darling Harbour and did a few loops until we got to our exit stop of World Square, which was only one small city block from our Hotel.
The Monorail has 8 stations, doing a loop around Darling Harbour, Chinatown and downtown Sydney along Pitt Street.
The 8 stations are : Harbourside (where we caught it) - Convention Centre - Powerhouse Museum - Chinatown - World Square - Galeries Victoria - City Centre and Darling Park. So as you can see, you can gain access to most of Sydney's major attractions via the Monorail.
It runs 364 days (closed Christmas Day) of the year and trains run every 3-5 minutes. Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10pm and on Sunday from 8am to 10pm.
Fares are : $4.90 per adult and child over 6 years. Children 5 and under are free. You can also obtain Monorail Day Passes, Family Day Passess and Monorail and Light Rail Day Passess.
Bondi Beach is probably the most famous beach in Sydney. This long beach streches about 3 km and you can enjoy the big waves of the ocean. There are trendy cafes and restaurants close to the beach. The lifeguards are always around just to make sure everybody is safe. If you are not a good swimmer, it is better to stay with the crowd while you enter the ocean. Due to big waves, you can be dragged into the bottom. Bondi Beach is a good spot for spending a lazy day, but you can also try the coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee offering fantastic sea view. Check out my coastal walk tip for details.