Spending at least one day of your life on (or near) Bondi, arguably the most famous stretch of sand in the world, is a must. And there’s a surprising amount to do.
Start early and join the walkers on the Bondi to Bronte walk. Do this in October and November and, quite apart from the beautiful early morning views, you’ll get to see Australia’s largest annual outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculpture, Sculpture By the Sea, as well.
Go to Bondi for a slap-up brekkie in one of the many esplanade cafes, where you can sip your coffee and watch the surfers do their thing. Midmorning and it’s time to slap on the sunscreen, get some sand between your toes and do some serious people watching (you’ll find all types on Bondi).
“Australia’s most iconic strip of sand.”
– George Negus
Lunch should be fish and chips back on the esplanade, followed by a stroll along the shops for a peek at the swimwear boutiques and an ice-cream. Then there’s the evening surf or, if you’re a beginner, a lesson (for all ages and all nationalities – and great fun). You’ll be in need of a cocktail by now, followed by any one of the numerous dinner options. Sit outside and watch the people go by. Who was it that said life’s a beach?
Did you know?
“Bondi” or “Boondii” is an Aboriginal word meaning “water breaking over rocks” or “noise of water breaking over rocks.”
How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Sydney from most major cities in Australia.
Use public transport to get to Bondi, as parking can be a nightmare. Catch a train to Bondi Junction, from where you can catch a bus down to Bondi Beach.
Best time to go
Detailed info on Bondi Beach
Website of the famous Bondi Icebergs Club
Public transport information for the Sydney area
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.