The famous Bondi Beach! If you are travelling to Sydney, you have to plan at least a day or more at this beautiful and famous beach. Home of the reality show Bondi Rescue, Bondi is the place to visit if you surf, skate, sunbathe, or just enjoy a nice day at the beach. Bondi is at its busiest during the summer months (November-February) especially around Christmas time, so if you can, try to visit around then!
From the Sydney Domestic airport:
Train+Bus: probably the best option, catch a train to Bondi Junction (the eastern Suburbs line) Once you are at the train station at Bondi Junction head up the stairs to the buses and take either the 380, 381,or 382 bus
Bus: the 400 bus leaves from the Sydney Domestic airport and goes all the way to Bondi Junction
From the Sydney International airport:
Taxi: A taxi from the city to Bondi Beach will be about $35 and will take about half an hour.
From surrounding cities by train:
If you are traveling to Sydney by train, you will need to get to Central Station in Sydney in order to take the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line to Bondi Junction. From Central Station grab a train to Bondi Junction, via the Eastern Suburbs then catch a bus to Bondi Beach
From Sydney CBD:
Train: Hop on the Eastern Suburbs line either at Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Kings Cross or Edgecliff heading to Bondi Junction. Then catch a bus to the beach.
Bus: The 333 bus will take you to and from the city (at Circular Quay all the way to Bondi Beach). This is a pre-paid bus so you have to purchase a ticket before getting on. (This bus also stops at Bondi Junction)
The 380, 381, and 382 busses will take you to Bondi Beach from Bondi Junction, having a ticket before helps, but not necessary, $2 ride.
<Tip: you can by bus passes at any convenience store, the My Zone One bus pass gets you from the city to Bondi on the 333, 380, 381,or 382. You can get 10 rides for $16, this saves you a few bucks!>
Walking is the way to go. Bondi isn’t huge, so walking around everywhere is no problem.
WHERE TO STAY:
-Backpackers: there are a number of hostels in Bondi, but I would personally recommend Surfside. It is a very fun and relaxed place located right along Hall Sreet, in the centre of Bondi, surrounded by shops, cafes, a bottle shop and a supermarket, and is only a couple blocks from the beach.
-Hotel: The Swiss Grand Hotel, great location, and plenty of rooms to spare.
-Long term: if you are planning on staying in Bondi for a month or more, you should consider staying in a flatshare, roomshare, or renting out a room in an apartment. People are also in and out of Bondi and there are loads of rooms always being rented for short-long term. check out gumtree.com.au This is the holy grail of websites in Australia for jobs, accommodation, and things for sale. Similar to Craigslist, Gumtree is constantly updated with new postings, but you have to act fast. (and like with any website, just be careful)
WHAT TO DO: (besides going to the beach)
-Coastal Walk: a gorgeous stroll along the rocky and green coastline starting at the south end of Bondi Beach going all the way to Coogee Beach. The views are absolutely breathtaking, so bring your camera. The walk to Coogee and back to Bondi takes about two and a half hours. You could make a day of it, and stop to surf or swim at Tamarama or Bronte beach. There are plenty of BBQ areas along the way, and plenty of places to eat in Coogee.
-Shopping: Gould Street, and Hall Street in Bondi Beach have great shops for men and women. If you still want more…head to the Westfield mall at Bondi Junction, or go to Oxford Street (between Bondi and the CBD).
–Bondi Markets: Sunday s from 10am-4pm. The markets have everything form vintage to designer clothing, jewellery, crafts, and art. They are located across the beach off Campbell Parade on the grounds of Bondi Beach Public School
-Go out! Bondi is a very social place, so go out and experience it. Bondi is also full of beautiful people, so go have a look at the local eye candy!
WHERE TO EAT:
-Le Paris Café: this place is always busy, so on a weekend; plan to wait a bit for a table. EVERYTHING is delicious; you really cannot go wrong here. 38 Hall St
-Bondi Fresh: not much is cheap in Bondi, or Australia for that matter, but you can get a delicious salad, wrap or sandwich on the corner of Campbell Parade and Roscoe for under just $10.
-Rice Pot: If you like Thai food you HAVE to go to one of my favorites; the best Thai food I have had in Australia so far, and they have a great special lunch menu Mon-Fri, you can enjoy your Pad Thai or Red Curry for under $10! This is also a great place for dinner as well, and it is BYOB. 46 Hall Street.
–Beach Burrito: Craving Mexican? Beach Burrito in North Bondi is a great place to chill out after the beach with a corona and some delicious Mexican
-Gusto: great coffee in a relaxed setting along Hall St
-Café Max: has a delicious Iced Cofee and have a great garden area in the back, located at 251 Bondi Road
-Mojos: fabulous tapas, and a good cocktail menu in a good hip atmosphere, usually busy!
–Flying Squirrel: another great tapas place on Bondi Road
–Icebergs: enjoy a few cocktails at the famous bar or dine fantastic views overlooking Bondi beach. This is a popular spot amongst locals, travellers, and celebrities. Oprah ate here when she was down under!
–Bondi Pizza: gourmet pizza, great salads, yummy cocktails (especially the espresso martini) and to-die-for deserts to be enjoyed inside or in their large outdoor seating. (Chocolate brownie swirls are my fav!)
–North Bondi RSL: $8 steaks on Wednesdays!
WHERE TO DRINK:
The big nights in Bondi are Wednesdays, and of course Friday & Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon. My advice would be to dress to impress, Bondi is quite fashion conscious.
–Ravesis: great spot to people watch if you can snag a seat along the windows, or upstairs along the balcony. Happy Hour on Tuesday and Wednesday nights 5-7:30.
–Beach Road Hotel: most popular on Wednesdays, the crowd tends to start around 7pm and carries into the night with live music upstairs
-Bondi FM: great place and a good crowd, closes by midnight.
-BBs: relaxed and inexpensive, good place to go for a quiet beer
-North Bondi RSL: Great balcony and view of North Bondi. Tuesday trivia, live music on Saturdays
–White Revolver: nightclub that is often very selective on who they let in, there is often a cover charge. Expensive drinks, but always has great music!
-Bondi Hotel: The late night spot. This is a relaxed place, with a large outdoor area. It gets pretty packed on Wednesdays and the weekend nights, and stays open past 2am
Mary-Catherine graduated in May 2010 from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism in Advertising. After graduation she worked in Madrid, Spain as an Au Pair, then in December moved to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. She is currently living in Bondi Beach planning a trip through Southeast Asia. Follow her travels at: http://livinforthesunshine.tumblr.com/