Ahh Bondi Beach. If you are Australian or just someone who likes Australia, then you have definitely heard of this world famous beach. The suburb where the beach is located is only 7 kilometers from Sydney CBD and in summers gets run over by tourists and locals.
The other day I did the Bondi to Coogee walk. But before I set off I wandered around for a bit. It had been a while since I had been to this famous beach, and I enjoyed it a lot more then I anticipated.
This famous hipster suburb is home to some amazing shops, restaurants, walking tracks and swimming pools. So if you are planning to go to Sydney and want to know the ins and outs of Bondi then read on…
SWIM AT BONDI BEACH (DUH)
Taking a dip at Bondi Beach is an absolute must. This world famous beach cannot be seen without having a dip in the ocean. Now be smart and swim between the flags, otherwise, you might be staring in an episode of Bondi Rescue. Although the ocean looks (often) pretty mellow, it can actually be quiet tricky underneath the surface. Dangerous rips can be found all over the beaches and the boys in Blue know how to spot them (Hallelujah!)
In summer, be prepared for crowds. Thousands and thousands of people flock to this beach daily.
The beach is also home to quite a few interesting characters. Somehow this beach attracts people from all walks of life. They have sink man, yoga girls, dolled up girls, sports guys and much more. I always have fun looking at those people, however, it is not really my cup of tea.
In keeping with Bondi’s urban-chic vibe, not far from the Bondi Skatepark, along the promenade at Bondi Beach, you’ll find the Bondi Graffiti Wall, an expansive mural that extends along the beachfront, and has been there since the 1960s.
You can see some amazing graffiti. It features anything from contemporary art to political messages.
SWIM AT THE BONDI BATHS
I’m doing this when I come back.
I had to content myself with watching locals doing some laps in this freezing pool (Yep it is winter, so I am assuming the water must be very cold) It look amazing and so much fun though, so when I come back to Bondi (I am assuming it is going to be summer by then, better be lol) I will definitely pretend I am Ian Thorpe and (attempt) to swim a few laps in this super cool pool.
A SPOT OF SHOPPING
Cruising down the beachfront strip of Campbell Parade, you’d be forgiven for thinking your shopping choices in Bondi, consist of buying a dozen swimsuits and I love Bondi t-shirts.
But if you break the tourist perimeter and venture into the quieter back streets you’ll find oodles of cute boutiques (as well as good restaurants). Some of the best shops can be found on Hall Street, Gould Street and Curlewis Street. Some shops to visit are Inbetween Tangerine and Camilla Bondi Beach Boutique.
DO THE BONDI TO COOGEE WALK
While in the area it would be rude not to mooch around this divine stretch of coastline. Climb the steps behind Bondi Icebergs and keep following the path as it hugs the coastline and tramples along the clifftop.
This two-kilometer walk takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many photos you’re taking. And with cute little coves, 52-inch widescreen ocean views and a number of beaches, odds on you’ll be taking a lot.
If your boots are made for walkin’, you don’t have to stop at Bronte. Keep marching for Coogee. You can learn all about the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk here.
VISITS NEIGHBOUR TAMARAMA
They call it Glamarama for a reason. This is the ultimate beach and coastal walk for bird watching in Sydney…… (check out my Bondi to Coogee walk post to see why you should do some bird-watching whilst you are here) It is also home to one of the most recognizable lifeguard towers in Australia. Music videos, movies and more have been shot at this beach.
Tamarama is a favorite of surfers as the sea can be a little choppy, but non-surfers will also find plenty to like, you can still take a dip in the shallows. It’s the second stop on the Bondi – Coogee walk and has a nice coffee shop to grab a bit of lunch and enjoy the view or bring a picnic. The beach may not be the longest, but its pretty wide and offers a decent amount of space.
Surfing at Bondi beach is probably on most travelers bucket list. Especially in summer, this beach gets overrun by locals and tourist eager to catch a few waves.
Visit the Bondi Markets. Shop up and coming designers, jewelry, vintage and retro-chic homewares. Sometimes charity stores sell at the markets and this is where you’ll find some true gems.
WHERE TO STAY
Bondi is a great little place to book a hotel, motel or backpackers hostel so that you can stay overnight. Underneath are just a few suggestions for you.
LOOKING FOR A BACKPACKERS HOSTEL?
Underneath are some recommended for backpackers hostels near Bondi Beach.
- Bondi Backpackers
- Noahs Bondi Backpackers
- Bondi Beachouse YHA
- The Village Bondi Beach
LOOKING FOR A HOTEL OR APARTMENT?
Here are some helpful sites:
If you’re considering a Sydney escape with a difference – and you love the beach – then put Bondi on your list. You won’t be disappointed.
What are your favorite things to do in Bondi? Share below.