Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach is famous for its glistening ocean, pristine sands, reliable surf and seaside spirit. It's laid back coastal lifestyle, cafe culture, boutique shops and thriving, eclectic community is equally enticing.
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An iconic Australian suburb, Bondi Beach is famous for its fantastic beaches and views. Once the domain of backpackers, hundreds of tourists from all over the world descend en masse to Bondi in December ready to enjoy the "Aussie summer". Bondi Beach boasts impressive ocean views all along the many restaurants and bars on Campbell Parade. Wake up early and take a dip in the surf before walking the scenic stretch from Bondi to Coogee Beach. Stroll through the Saturday organic markets in North Bondi or grab some fish and chips and relax in the grassy area opposite the beach. For more upscale cuisine, head down to Hall Street where a range of new eateries have recently opened. Just make sure to save enough energy for the buzzing nightlife Bondi Beach has to offer.
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  • Amos C
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina708 contributions
    Best beach in the area
    Bindi is probably the best beach in the area. We did the Coogee to Bondi Beach walk. Bondi is a big beach with sun bathers and surfers. The Main Street runs parallel to it. The city bus stops are right there making it easily to get to and fro. The cliffs around the beach give it a great coastal feel.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2022
  • BlueNoseBrother
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom341 contributions
    Iconic location that has to be done.
    Iconic beach in Sydney, the locals will say it's not there best but if like us it is one you just have to do. Good parking right at the beach and the costal walk that runs along the back of it is great to stroll along. Nice wide white sand, life gaurds are on duty but if not a string swimmer take care with the currents. The street looking into Bondi has a number of shops and cafe's. All in we enjoyed our time at this famous location.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2022
  • SteveMc
    23 contributions
    Enjoyed the walk, the views and of course the swim at Bondi
    Made a day of it and got off the bus at the Waverley Cemetery at Bronte, and strolled through this interesting place with magnificent views of the ocean until we reached the walking trail along the foreshore. We then took in all the fantastic views while walking past Bronte beach and Tamarama beach before reaching the famous Bondi beach. We had a very relaxing swim (between the flags of course), until it was time to leave.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2022
  • Jack S
    London, United Kingdom422 contributions
    Good day out
    Enjoyable day out on Boxing Day. Leisurely ride on the bus from Elizabeth Street, Central Sydney. The beach is clean and safe. A lot of places to eat and drink. Friendly service everywhere. Cheerful, caring lifeguards. We had a pleasant conversation with a couple of lifeguards. One used to live in London Putney. Thank you for making our day memorable.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 January 2023
  • Garrett S
    128 contributions
    Nice beach
    This is a nice beach area. It gets very crowded but it's a nice visit not too far from Sydney proper. If you want a relaxing beach day, there are better places, but this is not a bad stop for a quick stroll along the beach.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 14 February 2023
  • Travel Booze Food Happinesses
    Toronto, Canada990 contributions
    So many better beaches
    If you want to be seen or people watch this is a great place. It’s busy. The water is rough most days. The sand is lovely though. Beautiful to view from the walking trails north and south. But if you want beautiful beaches with locals go north to one of the 4 other beaches. My pick would be Coogee or Bronte.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Toni3452
    Barcelona, Spain722 contributions
    Mandatory
    Bondi Beach is an iconic place close to Sydney. It's well known abroad and deserves this qualification. The beach is simply stunning. Brave, big and very beautiful. We obviously took a bath there and the experience was amazing. Then you've got a walking promenade, plenty of shops, restaurants, etc... and the town itself is very nice. Definitely, a mandatory place to go
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Durwoody
    Dallas, Texas434 contributions
    It was nice, BUT not sure what the big deal is...maybe if you're a surfer?
    Nice beach. It was not crowded the day we went. It was part of a tour we did of Sydney. We had lunch at a restaurant located on the beach and later relaxed here for a short while. The sand was soft, and the water temperature was okay. I'm not a surfer, so I can't address that aspect. Overall, it was a nice beach, but nothing exceptional. What DID work? I don't generally like beer, but the restaurant waiter suggested one popular in Australia (Bundaberg ginger beer) and I loved it! I have found it here at home!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Al-Shumba
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom495 contributions
    A beautiful beach well worth the visit
    This beach is stunning! With soft powder white sand which is clean tidy well looked after with life guards and safe areas to swim / surf. The water was clear and cool on a hot day. There are fresh water showers and a changing area and toilet facilities in the pavilion. Al' top tips Catch the 333 bus from Circular Quay in Sydney all the way to the beach.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Madeline H
    Cairns Region, Australia150 contributions
    Bondi Bliss
    I've been a huge fan of the TV sho 'Bondi Rescue' for years & always wanted to visit the famous Bondi Beach. I couldn't believe how magical it is in real life. It was even more enjoyable as we visited on a weekday & there were very few people on the beach. I was able to get photos of some of the most famous scenes from the show, but I wasn't able to get a photo with one of the lifeguards. I will definately be coming back, hopefully when its a little warmer so I can swim in the ocean & possibly dine at Icebergs restaurant.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
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Petter M
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
It was cool to go. A lot of surfers. Iconic. But just a beach. OK restaurants along the beach promenade. Good that they have showers along the beach though!
Written 28 November 2023
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jacquitohc
Auckland Central, New Zealand807 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Took the train and bus to Bondi - head for the beach at Bondi, when we visit Sydney. Beach, glistening ocean still draws the crowds, the life-saver statue is a reminder, though, of caution. The Bondi Pavilion has been updated and has undergone an amazing transformation. Not been to Sydney in a long time, we'll come again soon. (I have gait/walking challenges (stroke), wear a legbrace.)
Written 28 November 2023
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Tinaover
London, UK25 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
The waverley walk is amazing and very well worth while.
I would stay at Bondi Hotel if you can. The cocktails are $14 about £7 and it is open mon-sat till 12 and till late. Closed early on a Sunday.
Other bars are open but can be expensive as shots can be $30 each.
The staff at bondi hotel are amazing and just across the road from the beach.
The Pavillion restaurant breakfast from 930-11am is amazing. The bacon and eggs on toast are fab, as is the yogurt granola (incs liquorice and surprising great). Breakfast including, coffee 2 drinks, 1 granola bowl and 2 bacon eggs toast about £35. This is a contract to 2018 when would have been double even though the exchange rate is about the same 1.8 to pound in 2018 and 1.9 in Nov 23.
We went to Coggee Bay in 2018 and that was fab too but prefer Bondi Beach as a little more going on and access to other places is great.
Tip - get the 303 bus into Sydney for $20 from the shop. We had 4 trips into Sydney off peak and a trip on the ferry from Sydney to Darling Harbour and back. A bargain for £10. A must.
the supermarkets are so much cheaper than 2018, a great surprise. However, if you smoke they are $65 for 25...yes £33. My one son smoked so a bit of a shock, but I agree keep them expensive to discourage smoking.
Their local chemists are really cheap so no need to pack suncream (a bucket of factor 50 is £7.....to encourage you to use it, great idea), shampoo etc.
Really loved Bondi Beach, so clean and beautiful.
Written 26 November 2023
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Jarmo T
Espoo, Finland55 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Maybe a little disappointment.
Much smaller than what you imagine from tv and movies.
The trip from the Sydney center by bus took much longer than expected.
Heavy traffic.
Written 15 November 2023
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Diane S
Fairfax Station, VA45 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Beautiful area with a great beach and trendy shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed taking the coastal walk and taking in the stunning views and rock formations.
Written 2 November 2023
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ToujoursLaRoute
Paris, France1,176 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Famous beach, 20 minutes by bus out of Sydney Harbour. Incredible fine white sand, a few restaurants to eat or drink. One of the most famous beaches in the world...so you must visit.
Written 30 October 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,584 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
This was an alright beach lots of space and sandy I say it was ok simply because I do t think it’s worth the hype there are better beaches in Australia probably even Sydney
Written 17 October 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,811 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Bondi Beach is synonymous with the Australian beach culture, to relax and enjoy life and soak up the rays. These days, you can catch some waves and avoid the effluent that once plagued the beach. Bondi Beach is now pristine, and it's only a few miles from the center of Sydney. By the way, be careful with your trash and avoid stubbing cigarette butts into the beach sand.
Written 12 October 2023
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dream-travel
Bern, Switzerland265 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Perfect weather on Spring time. People are sun-bathing and do water activities. As a tourist and did not research the temperature, we were walking with long pants. Enjoyed walking around. The restaurants are packed with people.
Written 10 October 2023
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Michael
London, UK3 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Always been a fan of Bondi Rescue and finally got to see the beach for myself. Lovely beach with the best lifeguards, extremely helpful and always down for a chat!
Written 7 October 2023
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