With its bustling carnival atmosphere, Bondi is a see-and-be-seen beach, a favourite with locals as well as overseas visitors who relish the stunning setting for sunbathing, swimming and surfing, as well as newlyweds enjoying a romantic honeymoon in Sydney.
Nestled in a cove between two headlands, beautiful Bondi is a wide, kilometre-long crescent of golden sand that fronts deep blue water renowned for reliable year-round surf of both left- and right-hand beach breaks.
The northern end of Bondi offers family friendly waves, while the southern end is best for surfers. Red and yellow flags mark safe areas to swim and boogie board, while surfers catch waves outside these marks.
If the waves are too rough for swimming or you wish to swim laps, try the two salt-water swimming pools that are located at either end of the beach.
Bondi is patrolled by full-time lifeguards who assist beachgoers by watching out for ‘rips’ (strong currents that can pull a swimmer out to sea), ‘stingers’ (bluebottle jelly fish who pack a hefty sting with their wrap-around tentacles), the occasional shark that may evade the shark net as well as swimmers in any difficulty.
Watch lifesavers practice their skills, improve your surfing technique with a lesson, sunbathe on the golden sands, pump iron at the open-air workout area or relax in the parkland at the northern end of the beach, where you have space for a social barbecue, to play games and show off your rollerblading talents.
Head to the northern headland for a game of golf and to examine Aboriginal rock engravings. At the southern end of the beach, stroll or bike the stunning pathway that leads past a number of picturesque beaches, cliffs and coves from Bondi to Coogee.
Bondi is an alcohol-free beach but it’s easy to enjoy your favourite tipple at any of the hotels, cafes and beach bars that crowd Campbell Parade overlooking the beach.
Don’t miss the entertaining Bondi Beach markets from 10am to 5pm every Sunday.
Bondi Beach is just 30 minutes from downtown Sydney.
Did you know? Bondi is home to the oldest surf lifesaving club in Australia (1906); and is regarded as the birthplace of the bikini.
Anytime. You can swim or surf the waters year round, but for the best weather visit Bondi (and any of Sydney’s beaches) during summer between December and February.
Of course, Sydney is a great destination to visit anytime.
Latest update: about Bondi Beach, Sydney: 25 May, 2022