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.
How to Get There
Buses run to
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. 
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.
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
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  - 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, the only surf school on
. Alternatively, shops along Campebell Parade sell / rent surf boards and body boards, as well as wetsuits. Bondi Beach
- 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 - an annual kite-flying Festival in September.
- North Bondi Surf Classic Held each year a 2k swimming race for people of all ages.
- Sculpture by the Sea  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
Parade, tel 02 9365 4303 Campbell
- Bondi Surf Seafoods, 128
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 Campbell
- Gelato Bar Café Restaurant, 140
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 Campbell Mediterraneanusing 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