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Exploring Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Exploring Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the world’s most famous beaches and is popular among the locals as well as international tourists. Bondi is only 8 kilometers (5 miles) away from Sydney CBD and was a must visit during our recent time in Sydney. The two of us love our beaches and spending a day at Bondi Beach was one of Amy’s 25 before 25 list items.

The Beach

The biggest attraction at Bondi Beach is obviously the beach itself. It is about one kilometer long and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The obvious things to do at Bondi Beach are to swim and surf but it’s also a great place to people watch during the summer months when the crowds become huge. We went in winter so there wasn’t too many people around but head there in December/January and it will be packed full of an interesting mixture of people!

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach in Sydney on a quiet day

For those of you planning to visit Bondi Beach, remember that yellow and red flags designate the safe swimming areas. Stay between them if you’re going swimming! If you’ve seen the television show Bondi Rescue, you’ll know that the lifeguards at the beach are always busy and make about 2,500 rescues each year. Don’t be one of those numbers!

Beach Flags

Stay between the red and yellow flags when swimming!

Fish and Chips at Bondi Beach

Fish and chips are a popular food in Australia and you can’t get any more Aussie than eating fish and chips on Bondi Beach. The best spot to eat them is on the grass overlooking the beach which is exactly what we did.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips from Bondi Surf Seafoods

Fish Mongers was voted Sydney’s #1 chip and is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more gourmet. But if you’re on a budget like us, stick to Bondi Surf Seafoods, which is located directly on the beachfront. They make a great traditional fish and chips and you might even want to try their deep-fried Mars Bar!

Street Art at Bondi Beach

There is some brilliant street art to check out at Bondi Beach – a series of murals along the promenade that faces the beach. Take the time to really look at the art, particularly the pieces dedicated to the victims of the 2002 Bali Bombings and our ANZAC Day Soldiers.

Bondi Street ArtBondi Street Art
Bondi Street ArtBondi Street Art

We were even lucky enough to see an artist at work – these guys are seriously talented at what they do and we watched in amazement how precise they were with their spray cans.

Bondi Street Artist

Graffiti artist at work at Bondi Beach

How to get to Bondi Beach

Getting to Bondi Beach via Sydney’s Public Transport system is fairly easy. We caught the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Train from Sydney’s CBD (Town Hall) to Bondi Junction and then hopped on the 333 Bus. The total travel time was around 28 minutes and costs $8.40 per person for the return trip.

The easiest way to figure out how to get to Bondi Beach is:

  1. Go to CityRail’s trip planner at http://www.131500.com.au/plan-your-trip/trip-planner to plan your trip.
  2. Type in the address of your hotel/hostel or where you’re starting your journey. Then specify that you’re going to Bondi Beach and select a time you want to depart or arrive.
  3. Take note of the directions given and enjoy your trip! Be sure to plan your return journey as well (usually the exact opposite of the way you got there!).

One more note – get your tickets from the train station and let the operator know that you’re going to Bondi Beach. Most of the buses to Bondi Beach are prepaid only so having a ticket ready saves you from any hassles.

Other things to do at Bondi Beach

We only spent a day at Bondi Beach but if you’ve got a bit more time to explore then there’s plenty of other things to do in Bondi. If you want to walk, try the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (6km) or go half the way and take the Bondi to Bronte Coastwalk (2.5km).

Have you been to Bondi Beach or do you want to go there? If you’ve got any recommendations share them in the comments!

15 Comments

  1. Posted July 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Bondi Beach is one of the things I wished I had visited when I was in Sydney a few years a go. Hopefully I make it back there at the end of the year, will definitely visit Bondi Beach then :)

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      If you’re here during summer it will definitely be worth the visit!

  2. Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Fish & chips at Bondi Beach was my favourite thing I did in all of Sydney (I’m a Brit, by the time I got to Sydney, it had been almost a year since my last visit to a chippy!)

    I can’t remember the name of the chippy I ate at, but I remember freaking out at the prices until I came to one that was affordable – perhaps the same one that you guys went to!

    Also, the northern end of Bondi Beach – near the workout equipment – is gay central (I went during Mardi Gras). A friend told me the guys working out on the public exercise equipment tend to be straight, but do it so that their egos can be boosted from the stares they attract from the gay guys who frequent the beach haha!

    • Joe Thorpe
      Posted August 1, 2011 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      The food at Bondi is shocking, the best Chipper at a Beach in Sydney was the chipper in Cronulla but I think it took a bashing at the riots a few years back & each time I have been back its been boarded up. If your looking for a beach with really good food take the ferry over the Manly you wont find better beach food in Australia!

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Tom – yeah the gourmet fish and chips was around $20 per person, whereas Bondi Surf Seafoods cost the same for both of us. Haha that’s funny about the workout equipment, we noticed that the guys working out there seemed to be showing off a bit.

      Joe – We agree that Manly is great, but gotta disagree with you about the food at Bondi being shocking. But everybody has their own tastes I guess.

  3. Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful memories. I lived in Bondi in 1997 for 6mos. I can actually see my old apartment in your photo about swimming between the flags. Enjoy this special place.

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      So glad that we could bring back some great memories for you. You’re very lucky to have lived in such an awesome place. :)

  4. Posted August 1, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I haven’t made it to Australia yet, but I’ve totally heard of this beach! I’m not the biggest beach-goer (I sunburn easily and hate swimming), but this is one beach I’d love to visit. :)

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Even if you’re not the biggest beach-goer, you can still enjoy the other aspects of a beachside town like the street art, the food and just the general atmosphere. Hope you can make it to Bondi one day. :)

  5. Posted August 1, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Sounds really fun… I wouldn’t have expected all that street art! I might enjoy looking at that more than the swimming.

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      We were surprised about the street art as well! But it really added something extra to this experience.

  6. Posted August 2, 2011 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Funny you should mention the Bondi Rescue lot – they’ve just been in my county haha. Didn’t realise fish n chips was an Aussie thing too – I’m definitely going there now =D

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Oh yeah, fish and chips are very popular in Australia! And I guess that explains why we didn’t spot any of the Bondi Rescue team out and about that day.

  7. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I think most of the times I went to Bondi were when I did the City to Surf – which is always in August. I’m not sure what the science is behind it but it’s always a stunningly beautiful day (now this year will prove me wrong, I’m sure!) and Bondi is a great place to be. Love the photo – it’s exactly how I picture Bondi.

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      It definitely was a stunning day when we went there! The only time it rained was when we got back into the CBD.

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