How to get to bondi
Bondi Junction is a mere 5kms from the CBD and well serviced by public transport. Trains run every 20 minutes to the Junction, and there is a regular bus service from the city. From the Junction, the beach is a skip and a hop away, with buses departing the train station as often as you could hope. If you are driving, Bondi Junction is linked to the city by Oxford Street, to the harbour suburbs by Old South Head Road, to the beach by Bondi Road and to the south by Anzac Parade.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of options for accommodation in the Bondi area, from budget to blow the budget. Here are a few options.
- Sinclair’s Bondi Budget Accommodation
Situated in Bennett Street, Sinclair’s is a newly renovated, clean and friendly backpacker hostel/ serviced accommodation. Prices start from $30/ night.
Check out www.sinclairsbondi.com.au
- Surfside Bondi Beach
Fifty metres from the beach, Surfside has a beachy vibe from as little as $21/ night.
Check out www.surfsidebackpackers.com.au
- Bondi Beach Guesthouse
Described as the best-kept secret in Bondi, the beach house is nestled in frangipani trees 100m from the beach. It offers luxurious suites, doubles and singles and prices start at $80/ night.
Check out www.bondibeachhouse.com.au
- Bondi Serviced Apartments
Located in the heart of the bustling shopping strip, these services apartments start at $90/ night. Check out www.bondi-serviced-apartments.com.au
- Ravesis on Bondi Beach
Offering 3 star comfort and value, Ravesis is an institution in Bondi with a stand out restaurant and sumptuous ocean-view suites that start at $240/ night.
- Swiss Grand Resort and Spa
A luxury 4 star resort located on Campbell Parade just metres from the beach, the Swiss Grand is an impressive hotel that looks the part. With well-appointed king and twin bedrooms, adjoining lounge rooms, and private balconies, the resort also offers two swimming pools, sauna, health club and day spa. Prices start at $580/ night.
Tourism NSW lists the following events and activities in the Bondi area:
Held in January, Flickerfest is a grass roots festival featuring local and international short films. Screened mainly outdoors in the ampitheatre behind the Bondi Pavilion, the week-long festival is accompanied by talks and workshops.
- Alternative and Fringe Arts
In January, Alternate and Fringe Arts events are held at Bondi Beach, in association with the Festival of Sydney. The Fringe Festival has been a lot of fun, but current status is unknown after the ‘suits’ in the local council took exception to nude night surfing and 10,000 people turning up for the fun. Stay tuned!
- Sculptures By The Sea
An exhibition of local and international sculptors adorns the cliff walk each year, usually around late October and early November. The installation is enormously popular with locals, and worth visiting early in the exhibition, or during the middle of the week.
- City to Surf
A 13km run from Hyde Park in the centre of the city to Bondi Beach. The Sun-Herald City to Surf attracts corporate and charity entrants as well as serious competitors, and is held on a Sunday in August. It makes for a fun day out as either participant or voyeur.
- Festival of the winds
Australia’s largest Kite Festival is held in September at Bondi Beach, with displays of kite flying, workshops for children, great bands and food stalls.
- Sydney Explorer Bus
The Sydney Explorer visits 26 stops, including Bondi, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Darling Harbour and King’s Cross. The on board commentary provides insight into the history and culture of Australia’s most popular city. $36 adult, $18 child, $90 family buys you a one day ticket until midnight getting on and off as you please. Children under 4 travel free. http://www.sydneypass.info/sydneyexplorer/
There’s plenty to do in and around Bondi and Bondi Junction. Aside from the shopping paradise offered by Bondi Junction’s Westfield complex, the streets of Bondi are lined with boutiques, specialty shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants. There is a night market on Campbell Parade in Bondi, the famous Sunday markets held in the school playground at Bondi Public, just off the beach and a bustling farmers market held on Fridays in the pedestrianised area of Bondi Junction. There is also a newly established antique and bric-a-brac bazaar held on Sundays in the Junction.
Wining and Dining
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is the swishest place in town, attracting the glitterati in their packs, decedent cuisine and a long cocktail list.
The Eastern and The Tea Rooms are both located in Bondi Junction and are popular pub haunts.
North Bondi Italian is fast becoming a Sydney favourite. Simple Italian cuisine with a perfect ocean backdrop and an exemplary pedigree. Located on Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi.
Sean’s Panorama is situated on Campbell Parade and run by legendary chef Sean Moran. It is very highly regarded. Check out www.seanspanorama.com.au
Bronte House is open to the public and its gothic romanticism is worth a look, its gardens creeping down the gully to the beach.
The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk snakes along the clifftops, winding around the headland through Mackenzies, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay before emerging at the broad expanse of Coogee.