Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach has been attracting the attention of travellers for decades thanks to its prime location, picturesque scenery and laid-back surf-life culture. Home to one of the most famous beaches in the world and sprawling with trendy boutiques, world-class eateries and off-beat health, wellness and beauty stores, Bondi Beach is a must-see for visitors. From where to eat to what to do, we share how to have the ultimate day in Bondi.
To begin, getting to Bondi Beach is incredibly easy from all corners of the city. There is access via train, bus or car, with trains and buses leaving frequently from the city. If you’re taking the train from InterContinental Sydney, it is a simple walk down to Martin Place station where you will take an 11 minute ride to Bondi Junction. Then hop onto bus 380, 381, 382 or 333 for a 15 minute ride to the beach. Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Philip Street opposite the Museum of Sydney, which leaves every 20 minutes (bus 333 or 380). If you have a car, it’s a short 20-minute trip.
WHERE TO EAT
Bondi is buzzing with a thriving dining scene, boasting everything from health-focussed wellness eateries to white-table clothed high-enders. For a quick and healthy bite, make a beeline for Bondi Wholefoods (30a Hastings Parade, North Bondi) where you will have your pick of everything from protein pancakes to acai bowls. Or, for a fast healthy lunch, head in to Fishbowl, where you’ll find the freshest poke bowls in town. For cool, casual beach dining, The Bucket List is a colourful Bondi institution and the ideal spot for sunset drinks. For a hearty feed that is sure to please, North Bondi Fish is a local stalwart, dishing up the finest seafood in the area, with Upper East Side (14/16 O'Brien St, Bondi Beach) another great option for a fun local with tasty cuisine. For the ultimate indulgence, Icebergs (1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach) is the jewel in the crown of dining in Bondi – offering one of the most exquisite menus in Sydney, and one of the most coveted views.
WHERE TO SHOP
You’ll find eclectic style everywhere you look in Bondi, whether it’s beach chic or relaxed boho, people are style-conscious in this part of town. To be a part of the Bondi fashion circle, head to cult boutique Tuchuzy (The Beach House, 11/178 Campbell Parade), where you’ll find a carefully curated selection of local and international designer apparel. Jewellery lovers can’t miss Playa by Lucy Folk (3/11-13 Hall St), the petite pink store stocking Australian designer Lucy’s beautifully crafted jewels. For an authentic local experience, head to Bondi Wash (76 Gould St, Bondi Beach), where you will find a beautiful range of fragrant, natural Australian products for the home, body, baby and pets featuring Australian botanicals. For more designer fashion, the trendy crew at Saturdays NYC are there to help you pick out some cool new designer threads.
WHAT TO SEE
The first thing you’ll want to do when you arrive is to head straight to the beach to see what all the fuss is about (you will understand once you get there). Bondi Beach is the essence of Sydney’s laid-back beach lifestyle is home to one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in the world and one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs, the Bondi Icebergs.
You’ve probably seen ‘that’ photo pop up in your Instagram feed as often as a photo of the Eiffel Tower – that’s because the Bondi Baths are undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most photographed and popular tourist hot spots. The Bondi Baths are located at the southern end of Bondi Beach and have been a land mark for more than 100 years. Access to the pool is free and you can enjoy a few laps, or simply do some sunbaking in one of the world’s most incredible locations.
Bondi to Coogee walk
A clifftop coastal saunter, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six kilometres and features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. You’ll pass plenty of beaches and parks along the way that offer a place to rest or swim. Finish up in Coogee with a cool drink at the popular Coogee Pavilion (169 Dolphin St, Coogee).