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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is a world famous suburb and beachside locality of Sydney, capital of the Australian state of New South Wales.


The closest and arguably the most accessible ocean beach to the centre of Sydney, Bondi has become synonymous with Sydney's beach lifestyle - busloads of Japanese tourists, for example, frequently travel to Bondi direct from the airport, just so they can feel the warm yellow sand between their toes.

Bondi has become a favourite of the "barmy army" of British tourists, who annually gather on its sands for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas in the sun.Due to the worldwide popularity, Bondi is now home to numerous youth hostels with backpackers who congregate mainly in the summer months so it is not uncommon to hear Norwegian, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish or Spanish while walking across the beach or through the cafes.

Bondi Beach has a vaguely alternative feel, despite the obvious commercialism present, and attracts a large number of "individuals": watch out, for example, for the guy who will strip off near the shops, to walk stark naked through the traffic on Campbell Parade, before going down to the beach.

Bondi Beach is very tolerant as topless sunbathing is common and gay and lesbian couples displaying affection is common.

How to Get There

By bus

Buses run to Bondi Beach in approximately 10 minute intervals from Bondi Junction and the City during peak times (6am till 9pm) then at 15 minute intervals from approximately (9pm till 1am) then every half hour during the early hours. Buses from the City to Bondi Beach all run from Circular Quay and take approximately 45 minutes (more in heavy traffic) to make the journey. The city terminus is in Alfred Street, opposite Wharf 2 at stand D. Buses may be numbered 333-prepay (purchase a ticket beforehand at a nearby ticket vendor), 380, 382 or L82 with the destinations showing North Bondi, Dover Heights, Watsons Bay or Bondi Beach. Collectively, these are called the "380 bus" - all buses continue to Bondi Beach. The bus route passes along Elizabeth StreetHyde Park, turning at Liverpool street up to Taylor Square, thereafter to Paddington and Bondi Junction via Oxford Street.The fare from Circular Quay is $3.70. For more information on bus timetables go to: or call 131 500 next to

By Plane

Taxis from the Airport cost around $30 and takes about 25 minutes

Shuttle services run from the airport direct to Bondi and Cost around $15 per person. You need to get on a Eastern suburbs shuttle. [2]

The cheapest and also the slowest way is to get bus 400 to Bondi Junction direct from the airport, and then get bus 380 with runs right along the beach (Campbell Pde) terminating at the top of the hill in North Bondi.

By train

From central Sydney, take the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line trains from Central, Town Hall or Martin Place stations to Bondi Junction (10 mins). From there, a bus (lines 380, 381, 382, L82, 15 mins), taxi or reasonable walk will get you to Bondi Beach (2 km downhill). The train ride takes 10 minutes from Town Hall to Bondi J

Things to Do

  • Walk on the aformentioned coastal walk (at the bottom of Notts Avenue, off Campbell Parade) to Tamarama , Bronte , Coogee and eventually Maroubra.
  • Bondi Icebergs [4] - a popular rock swimming pool with restaurant and bar facilities upstairs that look over the entire beach. It is named for the brave swimmers who compete here in the winter months. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 6.00am and 7.00pm, Saturday & Sunday:6.30am - 6.30pm. Entry $4 Adults/$2.50 Children/Seniors.
  • Surf with Let's Go Surfing[5], the only surf school on Bondi Beach. Alternatively, shops along Campebell Parade sell / rent surf boards and body boards, as well as wetsuits.
  • Swim but always stay between the flags where lifeguards keep a watch on the swimmers. On weekends and public holidays, volunteer lifesavers also perform watch duty on the beach. Rip current tends to be strong on the beach, so the unexperienced swimmers should always find out the sea condition from the lifeguard or lifesaver before entering the water.


  • the Festival of the Winds [6]- an annual kite-flying Festival in September.
  • North Bondi Surf Classic[7] Held each year a 2k swimming race for people of all ages.
  • Sculpture by the Sea [8] an annual outdoor display of sculpture (over 100 separate works) distributed along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk (begins at the bottom of Notts Avenue, off Campbell

What to Eat

  • Bondi Trattoria Café Restaurant, 34b Campbell Parade, tel 02 9365 4303
  • Bondi Surf Seafoods, 128 Campbell Parade. ph 02 9130 4554. The Bondi Beach Fish Shop is the place to go for that dubious local speciality, the deep fried Mars Bar. Fans of the bar counsel caution: no matter how strong you think you are, restrict yourself to one deep fried Mars Bar daily.Bondi Surf Seafoods
  • Gelato Bar Café Restaurant, 140 Campbell Parade. ph 02 9130 4033. Gelato Bar is one of the oldest places in Bondi and has built up a reputation over 40 years. They specialise in French pastries, crepes and of course gelato. It is a wondeful place to go for a quick coffee or even dinner, the food is a mix of Mediterranean using fresh Australian produce. It overlooks the beachfront and has a wonderful view.

What to Drink

The two biggest bars in Bondi are the Beach Road Hotel and Bondi Hotel. Both are excellent places to catch the finals in a cricket match or have a few drinks with your mates. Another great bar is at the previously mentioned Bondi Icebergs, it has a great view of the beach and relatively cheap drinks. Make sure to take some form of ID that proves you live outside a 5km radius as this is a club and the rule require that you be a member if you are inside 5km. Of course, if you want to be "seen" then go for Ravesis on the corner of Hall St and Campbell parade. It attracts the beatufil people.. or at least those who think they are beautiful. Bondi locals will tend to go for BBs. Relocated from its cramped spot on Curlewis St, BBs is hidden down an alley next to the Mambo surf shop on Campbell Parade. Live music, surf videos and a more relaxed vibe than the goldfish bowl up the road.

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