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Last updated: 24 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

One of the world’s most famous beaches and home to Sydney’s beautiful people, this sweeping curve in Sydney’s affluent Eastern Suburbs has evolved from a backpacker destination into a global pleasure palace, brimming with up-market eateries and specialist retail outlets.

Bondi has largely shed its working-class roots and is now home to outdoor gyms, swish cocktail bars and vegan greengrocers. Only the thundering Pacific waves, sunbathers and vigilant lifesavers are unchanged.

Make time in your itinerary for a day at the beach – apart from being rejuvenating and a nice break from sightseeing, it’s a great way to get a taste of the Sydneysider lifestyle.

While you’re there

Bondi is a popular local surf beach, and it’s the perfect place to give surfing a try. Book a surf lesson for a quintessential Sydney experience.

Swim in the ocean pools

The main beach has rip currents – children should be supervised at all times and only swim between the flags. At the north end, there’s a shallow ocean pool just for toddlers. Adults can watch from a pleasant adjacent grassy bank.

At the southern end of Bondi is the uber-stylish Bondi Icebergs swimming club, which operates a landmark ocean lap pool with stunning views. It’s a small entry fee, and there’s a kids’ pool too.

Alternative beaches nearby

If Bondi is too crowded, walk around the scenic footpath at the southern end to the more exclusive Tamarama, or the family-oriented Bronte, which is also great for a picnic or lunch at a local café.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: +
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Getting to Bondi from the city is a bit of a pain. Your best bet is a taxi/Uber, as parking is a nightmare and expensive. The roads from the city get congested with heavy traffic at rush hour, so avoid these times if possible. You can also get a train to Bondi Junction and regular buses go from there (in about 10 minutes), but it’s a bit of a slog.

The north end of the beach, where the locals hang out, is best for swimming, while the middle section near the pavilion is the most touristy. There are dangerous currents all along the beach, so always swim between the flags.

When to do it

The best times on Bondi are sunrise and sunset, when the day-trippers have left, and the locals emerge to meditate, jog, swim, and even perform yoga. Mornings are especially lovely, with beautiful light, fresh, crisp air and a sense of serenity.

School and public holidays get uncomfortably crowded, and though Sydney’s beaches are a delight at any time of year, the water is pretty chilly from July to September.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach
What better place to learn to surf than on world-famous Bondi Beach? Here you'll find fantastic waves, sunbathing beauties, year-round sun and the coolest beachside vibe anywhere. Join a two hour group surfing lesson, or for the ultimate experience, take a private surfing lesson with your own personal instructor.

Price: A99

Min age: 18

Rating 4.82 / 5 [185 ratings]

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Bondi Beach Walking Tour with Optional Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

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Bondi Beach Walking Tour with Optional Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Discover Sydney's most famous beach, Bondi on a 1.5-hour easy walking tour. From its Aboriginal beginnings to the celebrity, hipster and tourist mecca it is today your local guide will take you on a journey to discover what makes Bondi 'Bondi'. Walk the beach and the backstreets as your guide gives insight into Bondi's beachside culture and shares local tips. The tour has options to be extended to include the famous coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte or further south to Coogee.

Price: A61

Min age: 0

Rating 4.83 / 5 [12 ratings]

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