The Sydney Series: Bondi Beach

With the temperatures rising as the Australian summer really starts kicking in it kinda feels like everyone from the city of Sydney relocates to the beaches, with Bondi sitting firmly as one of the most popular. There’s no place like it. It’s one of Australia’s top beaches, infamous for it’s unique culture and definitely the place to be during the long hot summer days. Bondi Beach is like a destination all of it’s own with regularly changing street art lining the walls of the sidewalk, buff gym junkies pumping iron at the beachside Bondi gym and lifesavers in blue watching over their precious beach.

Bondi Beach is a favourite with both locals and tourists 365 days a year and is also home to the TV show Bondi Rescue, which follows the lives and rescues of the local Bondi Lifeguards and everything they go through to keep one of the world’s busiest beaches a safe space. If you’re down at Bondi during the summer you might even see the camera crew following them around as they patrol the beach. One of the biggest problems they face is tourists who can’t swim or get caught in rips. Australian beaches can often be quite dangerous and the waves are unexpectedly strong if you haven’t experienced them before. Whether you’re a confident swimmer or not, always take care in the water and always swim between the flags so these guys can keep an eye out for you.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat you can’t go past The Bucket List for the perfect summer evening of cocktails and burgers. Located right on the beach front next door to the Bondi Pavilion, it’s almost too east to across the sand when you’re finished swimming and sunbathing and grab a bite to eat. For the most stunning view of the ocean, wider beach and local rock pools, grab a wine at the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar for either an afternoon bev or the perfect way to watch the sunset. Jump off the main beach and take a walk down Campbell Parade to find any other food choices you might be looking for. The street is covered in cafes and restaurants and you can find everything from nutella crepes to Mexican tacos.

You can get to Bondi by pretty much any means of transport possible. If you’re driving down you can find parking on the beach, but it can be extremely difficult to find parking on hot (or even warm) days. Parking is metered and on time limits, so make sure you check back with your car regularly to avoid a parking ticket. If you’re coming by train the Bondi Junction train station is located about 2km back from the beach. Trains run every 10 minutes on weekdays and 15 minutes on weekends. Buses also run from both the CBD and Bondi Junction train station right down to beach every 10 minutes. You can use bus routes 333, 380, or 381.

A visit to Bondi Beach is an absolute must for any Sydney trip, no matter how long or in what sense you’re visiting the iconic Australian city. If you’re spending a longer time around the Sydney coast area make sure you also try the Bondi to Cooge Ultimate Coastal Walk to experience the complete rugged coastline and all the tiny beaches, bays, rock pools and ocean views along the way.

Read more: 25 Free Things To Do In Sydney

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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