Bondi Beach was one of the sights which left me awestruck when I first visited Australia way back in 2008. This iconic beach of Sydney is less than 10 km away from the city. While deciding to spend a day in Bondi, it would be good to keep in mind that Bondi is not just about the beach as there are many more interesting things to steal your heart. Below are some of my favourites.
Bondi streets claim a character of its own. Buildings with Graffiti painted walls, a long list of eat outs, a good number of tattoo shops, yes it has got everything to make it a day for you . A stroll in the street is definitely a good thing to do.
Bondi Beach being the main attraction and a true epitome of Sydney’s beach life style, through out the year is crowded with people swimming, playing , surfing & sunbathing . In summer this is one of the hot spots in Sydney (and for the same reason many people avoid it too!). Is Bondi touristy ? yes, very much.
To make it busier, there are surf schools, golf clubs, BBQ & picnic areas and to add on, the famous Bondi Ice berg Pool is also right on the beach. Bondi Iceberg Pool is an outdoor pool which has a kid’s pool as well. You can swim in the comfort and safety of a pool, while looking at the wilderness of sea.
Bondi To Coogee Coastal walk
Bondi to Coogee is a cliff top coastal walk along six beaches (Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee & Maroubra) which is around 6 km long one way. This is a very enjoyable and easy to medium level coastal walk. It is not necessary to walk the entire stretch as there are small suburbs along the coast which are well connected by public transport . If tired or running short of time, you can always cut short the stretch at spots like Tamarama, Bronte ,Clovelly beaches. Public transport buses are available from these locations and you can head back to city or neighbouring suburbs. I would suggest an early morning or late afternoon walk as the view will be at it best (and summers are really hot in here !).
Now let me tell you the secret. My favourite spot around Bondi is the Bronte Beach Waverley cemetery. This cliffside cemetery from 19th century over looks Bronte & Clovelly beaches and is accessible to pedestrians. Strolling through the grave yard in the afternoon sun, reading the inscriptions on the monuments is one of the things which I enjoyed(strange ?). I did not find it spooky, rather found it as a unique experience considering the beauty and the history of the cemetery . Also this is where I first learnt that you could pre-book a grave for yourself (creepy !).
Sculpture By the Sea
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual event held in Sydney in which artists all around the world set up sculptures between Bondi & Tamarama beaches. The sight of erected structures right on the beach is quite unique. Make sure to check it out if you are around during October – November months .
Apart from those I mentioned above, there are Bondi Markets & lot of seasonal activities in and around the area . Keep checking what is on to make sure you don’t miss a thing !
- Apply plenty, plenty & plenty of sunscreen as there is no ozone layer and you don’t want to carry back skin cancer as a souvenir
- Easy access by Public Transport. Train service is available from Central station to Bondi Junction. A short bus ride from here is needed to access Bondi & Bronte beaches.
- There is street parking available in and around Bondi & Bronte . However hard to get one during peak season.
- There are quite a lot of things to eat in Bondi, I will be writing about it soon.
Have you been to Bondi ? Would you like to add any other attraction to the list ?