One of the world's most famous beaches, Bondi Beach is located around 10km east of the Sydney CBD in New South Wales.
An easy 20 minutes from the city by bus or car, Bondi attracts backpackers and tourists from around the world with its golden sands and crystal clear water. A local community thrives towards the northern end of the beach, in which cafes, bars and boutique shops abound.
The beach itself is almost an inlet, giving the water a calm quality, perfect for surfing and swimming.
Bondi Beach is made for the holiday lifestyle. This travel guide will help you plan your visit to Australia's most renowned beach.
Bondi Beach facilities
The 1km-long beach at Bondi is regulated during peak hours by the local surf life saving club. The surf life savers are friendly and will help you with any needs on the beach itself. One street back from the beach is Campbell Parade, which plays host to a stretch of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
A shark net protects swimmers at Bondi during the summer. All year round, the southern end of the beach is generally reserved for experienced surfers, while the northern end of the beach, between the red and yellow flags, is considered 'safe swimming' for locals and tourists alike.
Toilets and changerooms can be found on the foreshore. Buses heading south on Campbell Parade will take you to Bondi Junction train station or straight through to the Sydney CBD.
Bondi Beach activities
While swimming and sunbaking are the key selling points of this sun-drenched location, it's important to understand the safety considerations that come with these activities. When out in the sun, always slip, slop and slap to avoid sun damage. When swimming, always stay between the red and yellow flags, where the surf life savers can keep a watchful eye over you.
Surfing is an Aussie experience and one that should be savoured against a backdrop like Bondi. There are several surf schools available in the vicinity, from beginners to experienced. Ask your holiday park for more information.
Walking is another rewarding activity at Bondi. The coastal walk to Coogee stretches for 6km and takes in incredible coastal views, including Bondi, Tamarama and Coogee beaches, filled with rock pools and Aboriginal art carvings. Refuel at a cafe along the way, and remember that sunblock, clothing and a hat are a must for all outdoor activities.
Shopping along Campbell Parade and further north is another popular daytime activity. The beach-going style of Bondi's boutiques willl answer all your swimwear needs and more.
The options to eat and drink around Bondi are bountiful, Sean's Panorama offers Italian cuisine, while the Beach Burrito Co. offers a more casual Mexican option. Icebergs, South Bondi is another favourite destination for dinner. For breakfast and a morning coffee, Porch and Parlour at North Bondi is a must.
Bondi Beach events
Each year during spring, Bondi plays host to the Sculptures By the Sea spectacular, in which the coastal walk becomes a gallery of eye-catching artworks. In January, the openair cinema offers a movie-watching experience by the ocean. And in August, the City To Surf Fun Run attracts over 60,000 participants who run 14km from the Sydney CBD to Bondi.
Bondi Beach weather: when to visit
Like most of the east coast, Sydney is at its best during the summer months, but the water is warm until winter kicks in around May. Walking at Bondi is preferable during the cooler months when crowds have reduced, along with the risk of sunburn.
Check out the weather forecast for Bondi Beach here.