Bondi Beach is a popular, and very well-known, beach located in Sydney. It’s about 7km east of the city centre and is an ideal spot to enjoy on a sunny Australian day. The beach is busy all year round with sunbathers, surfers, walkers, watersports participants and holidaymakers enjoying all that this iconic Sydney beach has to offer.

Highlights

  • Learning to Surf – A popular activity in the Bondi Beach area, and for most visitors a rite of passage into the experience of visiting Australia is to take a surfing lesson at one of Bondi’s local surf schools. There are a number of schools in the area making it an ideal spot to come and learn how to surf. If you already know how to surf, but aren’t travelling with a board or any equipment, the surf schools can also provide board rental.

  • Bondi Rescue in Action – One of the reasons that Bondi Beach hit the big time, especially as a part of Australia’a international reputation, is that it’s the setting for popular reality show Bondi Rescue. The show follows local lifeguards as they perform around 5000 rescues every year in the summer period alone. Visiting Bondi Beach means that you’ll be able to see the boys in action, although hopefully you won’t need rescuing yourself.

  • Bondi Icebergs – The Bondi Icebergs (sometimes called the Bondi Baths) have been a landmark at the beach for over 100 years. They are swimming pools located right on the sea shore, a unique experience to say the least. International visitors are welcome but locals will need to be members, or signed in by a member. Entry is at cost, and facilities include a restaurant and gym as well as the pool.

  • Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk – Those looking for exercise and free entertainment will find more than enough of both by taking the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. This walk runs all the way along the coastline and cliffs via a well established pathway. It takes between 40 minutes and one hour to complete, and passes other famous beaches including Tamarama and Bronte.

Prices

There is no cost to access Bondi Beach in any way, however if you want to visit the Bondi Icebergs, you will need to pay.

Pool Access

Adult $6
Child $4
Spectator $3
Seniors (Aus only) $3.50

Passes

Family Pass (2 adults, 3 children) $18
Adult 25 visits $120
Child/Senior 25 visits $70

Towels are available for an added $3.50

Tips

  • Safety – Bondi Beach may be popular but is is also a wild, natural attraction, which means there is potential for danger. Make sure you follow all the directions of the lifeguards and swim between the flags. The flags indicate safety, and failing to swim between them lessens your chances of someone seeing you if you’re in distress.
  • Eating and Drinking – There are a plethora of restaurants, cafes and other dining options around the Bondi Beach area providing for people of all tastes and budgets. If you’re planning on bringing food, there are also picnic and BBQ facilities and Bondi Beach, and also on some of the other beaches in the area including Tamarama and Bronte. These are free to use by anyone, but on weekends they are often quite busy.
  • Shopping – There are lots of places to shop around the Bondi Beach area, especially on the main road that faces the beach: Campbell Parade. There’s even a night market on this street, inside Roscoe Mall at 5pm between Thursdays and Sundays.

Transport

  • Train and Bus: Take the train from Central to Bondi Junction, trains run every 10 minutes. Once you’re at the station catch the 333 (fastest), 380, 381, 382 or X82 bus.
  • Bus: Buses from the city start at Circular Quay on Alfred Street. Catch the 333 or 380. The 389 also leaves from Circular Quay, but goes through the suburbs and stops at North Bondi a few blocks from the beach.
  • Car: Getting to Bondi Beach by car is simple, but parking on site is expensive and limited, so it is not recommended.
  • Taxi: Taxis from Bondi Junction cost around $15-25, from the city $25-40+ and from the airport $40-45+ depending on traffic.

History

Bondi Beach has a varied and interesting history, as is to be expected from a beach that has so long been a part of Sydney. Some 200 acres, including the beach area, was originally purchased privately by a man named Francis O’Brien around 1851. When the beach became increasingly popular, he threatened to deny beach access, leading to the government intervening and making it a public reserve. Bondi Beach was then opened to the public in June of 1882.

Bondi Beach was for a significant period at the centre of protests regarding the decency of beach wear. It was the central location for the 1907 Sydney bathing costume protests, which opposed standards of dress in place by the government. It wasn’t until 1961 that the law was replaced. Following a period where bathing suits were measured for decency by the Waverly Council’s beach inspectors, removals of individuals in improper attire was quite common.

Interesting Facts

  • “Bondi” or “Boondi” was thought to be an Aboriginal word that means water breaking over rocks. However, the Australian Museum also records the meaning as: “a place where a fight of nullas took place”.
  • On the 6th of February 1938 a number of large waves struck the beach and dragged people into the sea causing the drowning death of five people and the rescue or resuscitation of over 250 others. This day became known as ‘Black Sunday’.
  • American movie star Jean Parker was escorted from Bondi Beach in 1951 after beach inspectors determined her bathing costume was too skimpy, an event that caused international headlines.

24 Reviews

  1. Mila
    Mila 24 Comments
     -  26 Apr 2018

    Awesome place!

    It is difficult to believe that they have this perfect beach just inside the city! White sand, great waves for surfers and a clean blue water! Yes, it is a little bit crowded. And the transportation is not perfect – do not recommend to leave just after the sunset as all the crowd will be with you on a bus stops (no metro nearby). But anyway – it is inside the city paradise!

  2. Tracey Best
    Tracey Best
    Australia 26 Comments
     -  25 Apr 2018

    Popular Aussie (Sydney) beach

    This beach is always a winner. If you go in summer time it will always be busy, particularly on weekends. Easy to get to the beach. It’s got the traditional rock pool which is lovely to see in ‘real life’. Plenty of shops and things to check out. Remember sunscreen!!!

  3. Leanne Emily
    Leanne Emily
    United Kingdom 24 Comments
     -  04 Mar 2018

    Excellent

    I lived in North Bondi for just over 5 months and I miss it every day! If you’re after a sunny spot with surfing, shopping and food then this is the place for you!
    Bondi doesn’t have the best transport links, you can walk from Bondi Junction station (about 30 minutes) or hop on a bus (10 minutes).
    Make sure you check out Milky Lane burgers (they are to die for), FishBowl poke bar and Blanca, a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant on Hall street.
    The Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk is beautiful, make sure you do it at a sensible time of day as there is barely any shade.

  4. infinitesundays
    infinitesundays
    Philippines 25 Comments
     -  27 Nov 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Bondi Beach is a definite must-see. I went here early morning with a friend, and for a Thursday morning, it is not so jam-packed. I suggest you bring your blanket and do a bit of sunbathing or better yet take a dip in the water. There are also lots of nice wall murals where you can take good souvenir photos. On the other hand, the Icebergs pool should not be missed, take an iconic photo. Sadly, when we went there, they were cleaning the pool. Oh! Fish and chips by the beach should not be missed, there are lots of shops you can order from so you will definitely not go hungry.

  5. Hannah Pigram
    Hannah Pigram 23 Comments
     -  05 Nov 2017

    Excellent

    Bondi Beach is beautiful and is definitely an icon of Sydney and Australia. Take a walk from Bondi to Bronte along the coast and check out Bondi Icebergs.
    It is very touristy here but it is still worth visiting, especially in Summer so you can enjoy the sun, sand and water.

  6. emlea
    emlea 14 Comments
     -  04 Nov 2017

    Excellent

    Bondi is the ultimate “must do” if you are visiting Sydney. While it’s a little long, its easy enough to get there via public transport. Expect it to be busy – you won’t always get a lot of personal space on the beach. Restaurants and cafes across from the beach are well worth checking out; there’s some good options. Great way to enjoy a day out for everyone.

  7. Tara 2517
    Tara 2517 15 Comments
     -  01 Nov 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Bondi Beach was great fun. We stayed all day, much to see and do. Great and relaxed atmosphere, good looking people, nice sand. The waves on the day were strong, for us at least, but we jumped in anyways just to quickly jump out as the water was a bit cold. Maybe not the the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, but definitely has character.

  8. ohhheykaye
    ohhheykaye 15 Comments
     -  24 Oct 2017

    Excellent

    Bondi beach is a popular destination in Sydney. Apart from the beach where you can swim and surf, you can also relax on some parks around and do the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. It can be busy during the afternoon though so better do the walk early in the morning.

  9. NicoleH
    NicoleH
    Canada 60 Comments
     -  07 Oct 2017

    It was good

    Bondi Beach is a must see if you are in Sydney. It is definitely one of the busier beaches but the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is a nice way to spend a few hours. It’s cool to watch all the surfers, but if you’re looking for something quieter there are many other beaches around Sydney that you can relax at.

  10. Jen11
    Jen11
    Germany 60 Comments
     -  02 Oct 2017

    It was good

    Bondi beach is too busy and Australia has by far better beaches to offer. A great spot for surfers though. Do the Bondi beach to Cogee walk along the coast, this walk is very nice.

  11. nieldelrosario
    nieldelrosario
    Philippines 15 Comments
     -  17 Sep 2017

    Excellent

    How can anyone miss Bondi beach when you’re in Sydney? Wide shore, fine sand and beautiful water. I’ve been here twice, one when there were a lot or surfers and people who were chilling for tan, and when there were only few brave souls surfing because it is winter. If you want to enjoy quiet Bondi beach then you might need to select carefully when do you want to visit it.

  12. karafox
    karafox
    United Kingdom 87 Comments
     -  17 Sep 2017

    It was good

    Probably the most famous beach in the world, so a definite must do on any trip to Sydney. It is small and very crowded though. It is clean and there are good facilities, but for actually relaxing on, not the prettiest or one of my favourites. Manly and Coogee are better for Sydney.

  13. Shanty09
    Shanty09
    Indonesia 15 Comments
     -  15 Sep 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Such a beautiful beach. I don’t mind to spend my whole day at this place, just play with the waves, relax, and feel the breeze on my face. What I like the most about this place is the saltwater swimming pool called Bondi Icebergs. It is a swimming pool with the waves crashing on its side, so while you’re swimming you can feel the waves hitting you. You need to pay to enter and pay again if you want to borrow their towels.

  14. Mademoiselle_MM
    Mademoiselle_MM
    Yugoslavia 17 Comments
     -  21 Aug 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Bondi beach is must-visit!! It’s really not like other beaches I’ve visited. It’s clean and pleasant, everybody can find something to do there. It’s a great place to just sit and do nothing. You can have a lot of fun there, there’s a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can rest and have a meal, you can also try to surf if you’re adventurous or just take a walk.If you’re not going there directly from the airport, I recommend you to go by train, it’s fast, and more important, it goes quite often. Bondi beach is irresistible – you have impression you found your personal peace of heaven!

  15. Stefani
    Stefani
    Yugoslavia 14 Comments
     -  02 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    They told me if I did not go to the Bondi beach it’s like I have never been in Sydney, so I went there. It was a windy weather because I visit the beach in October, so there were lots of waves. It was fun, I went with two friends and just jumped on the waves like all the others on the beach. I hope that I will visit it again and just swim because the beach is really nice.

  16. Amy Richardson
    Amy Richardson
    Australia 31 Comments
     -  02 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Despite it getting very busy in summer on beautiful days, this is one of my favourite beaches in Australia. It’s beautiful and clean, with so many shops and restaurants nearby. I recommend doing the Bondi to Coogee walk (or vice versa) and ending with a swim in the beach. Parking can be hard to find on a busy day, so get there early!

  17. Jovelyn Delos Santos
    Jovelyn Delos Santos 31 Comments
     -  30 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Went there during the cold months and thought it would be deserted but was surprised to see so many families hanging out and actually swimming in the freezing water. We got to see some surfers on action too! Around the beach are quaint shops and plenty of restaurants to just sit and relax while watching the waves. It is a must place to visit when in Sydney!

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    tabibu 16 Comments
     -  29 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    Bondi is very impressive! When you do the Bondi to Bronte walk, it;s worth it doing it the other way round to end up in Bondi for the “finale”. I found the pool next to the water a cool idea and it’s definitely a good picture opportunity. Bondi is a great place to just hang and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

  19. Luh2sell
    Luh2sell
    United States 11 Comments
     -  14 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    Bondi Beach is a popular place for tourists and for locals. There are many things to do, even if you just walk around. But plenty of people like to swim and lounge around, just like any other beach in the world that is close to a city. We didn’t do any swimming, but we did walk around and have a small picnic. The pool is an interesting addition. Why have a pool in such close proximity to a huge body of water? I’m sure Australians have their reasons.

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    amandatanjy 19 Comments
     -  02 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Bondi Beach was an excellent place to sit and hang. Lots of cafes around, and located there is the popular outdoor beach fitness center and the seaside pool that you see on the Instagrams of 90/100 tourists who visited Sydney. Definitely not a place to miss. There is a cafe called Speedos located at the end of the beach and I would 100% recommend it, great food and vibes.

  21. Sara
    Sara 29 Comments
     -  01 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Fit guys exercising, blonde surfers, cafès and shops.
    It definitely feels like being in a movie, visiting the Venice Beach of Australia.
    Do not miss the chance to swim in a natural olympic pool that gets filled by waves.
    Also, take the panoramic coastal walk to Coogee Beach.

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    Andritra 9 Comments
     -  22 Apr 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    It would be a shame to go to Syndey and not visit Bondi Beach! It is huge and always full of locals and tourists. The famous Bondi Rescue lifeguards are there to look after your safety. Recommended to all!

  23. johnkuells
    johnkuells 11 Comments
     -  15 Feb 2017

    Excellent

    This is a really vibrant beach. It reminds me of Mission Beach in San Diego. There’s a lot of nearby shops, restaurants, and surf shops. There were a lot of people in the water and laying out on the beach but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a spot. Also, I’d recommend sticking around for sunset – the views are hard to beat!

  24. aflorez7
    aflorez7 11 Comments
     -  22 Jan 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    As the most popular beach in Australia, I expected to see something similar to what we see in SoCal beaches. Although it was the most populated beach I saw in my time there, it was still nothing like the over-commercialized and packed beaches in Orange and LA counties. The wall murals were awesome to look at, the water was lovely, sand was soft, food nearby was delicious and the vibes were chill.

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