Only 10 kilometres from the city centre
Bondi Beach is world famous. It has probably featured on more postcards and more television shows and films than any other in Australia. It is where we lived when we moved back from London – we loved it then and we still do.
Each year tens of thousands of people, from backpackers to billionaires, take to the golden sands of this wide, one-kilometre long city beach expanse to walk, jog, or just soak up the sun. Being only 10 kilometres from the city centre (about 30 minutes by public transport), Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s busiest beaches.
If you are planning on a swim please stay between the flags. Bondi Beach is patrolled by some very fit and competent life guards, but if you’re not an experienced swimmer the conditions can become treacherous very quickly. The worst day was on 6 February 1938 when five people drowned and over 250 people were rescued after a series of large waves and rip currents struck the beach and pulled people back into the sea, a day that became known as “Black Sunday”. My grandfather, (Pop) was one of the life savers that day and now my mother is too scared to even get her head wet when swimming. Going underwater is a great part of a surf swim so stay safe, don’t get scared and enjoy lots of underwater swims!
The main street along the beachfront is Campbell Parade, where you’ll find a range of stylish surf and fashion shops, outdoor cafes and bars. The main streets leading back from the beach are Hall Street, Roscoe Street, Curlewis Street and Beach Road. Hall Street has cool fashion and designer labels while Curlewis Street has many art galleries. Every Sunday, the grounds of the local public school host the Bondi Beach Markets, a flea market where you may pick up some bargains including locally produced jewellery, handicrafts and vintage clothing.
Dine at the upmarket restaurant, Bondi Icebergs, named in honour of a group of dedicated locals who swim at the beach all year round, and where local celebrities can often be seen.