Bondi Beach activities
Walking is a great way to get around Bondi and you will discover some beautiful spots. If you feel like taking a hike, there are some great walks.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
There is nothing in the world quite like the coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte. The spectacular cliff tops, glorious beaches and crisp salty air have been known to inspire, relax and delight travellers from across the globe. The walk begins at the north end of Bondi Beach at Ben Buckler Point. You can also join just on the footpath at the South side of Bondi (near Icebergs). It covers the headlands and bays of Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches with a cliff-top path from Bondi to Tamarama. The walk is 4km and takes around an hour and a half, depending on your speed.
You’ll pass MacKenzies Bay, down to Tamarama and wind up at the scenic (perhaps most beautiful cemetery in the world), Waverley Cemetery.
From Waverley Cemetery you can walk another hour and wind up at Coogee Beach.
Getting away and around Mackenzie’s
From Bondi to Coogee
On weekends and public holidays throughout summer, the 362 bus route runs a loop stopping at Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Coogee every 30 minutes. It’s the perfect way to see much more of the eastern suburbs beaches. You might even want to combine a little bit of walking the coastal beach walk with bus hopping to make it the perfect day! Tickets are available at most convenience stores. Remember to pack your sunscreen and a hat.
To the city
Catch the bus to Bondi Junction and then a train to the city. All trains leaving Bondi Junction go to the city. They leave about every 3-10 minutes from both platforms at the station. Town Hall Station and Central Station are the best stations for you to jump off at if you need to transfer to other destinations.
Catch the train from Bondi Junction and transfer to Airport Station at Central. Or, catch a shuttle bus that will get you straight to the terminal – there are a number of companies that offer shuttle services around Sydney.
Taxis stands are located on Campbell Parade across from the beach
You will be given a map upon arrival with Staff Picks and Local favs.
Surviving the ocean
We may sound a bit silly, but we all want you to stay safe this summer. Swim between the flags!
Bondi Beach is patrolled by Waverley Council’s Lifeguards (the ones in blue) and volunteer lifesavers (the ones in red and yellow). We are lucky to have excellent surf lifesavers and lifeguards, but it’s important to recognise that they are not super heroes with special powers. If they can’t see you, they can’t save you. We can get up to 40,000 people on the beach on a hot summer’s day!
Swim between the flags!
Bondi Beach is a kilometre long and with so many people, it can be hard for the lifeguards to keep a close eye on everyone in the surf. Swimming inside the red and yellow flags makes it much easier for the lifeguards to patrol the beach and keep everyone safe.
Swim with a friend
It makes swimming more fun and you can look out for one another.
Never ever swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Most adult deaths by drowning are alcohol-related.
Learn to recognise dangerous rips and waves
Often the beach has only gentle waves and currents but sometimes the waves or currents can be very powerful and overwhelm swimmers. It is important for beach swimmers to learn to recognise the strong currents (rips) and the dangerous waves
If you’re stuck in a rip, do not try and swim against it.
What to do if you’re in trouble
Stay calm and attract attention by putting your arm in the air.
Be aware of rips
Most people who need rescuing at the beach have been caught in a rip. Rips can be recognised by the contrast with the surrounding sea. The rip is where there’s a channel of calmer looking water. If the sea is calm, the rip is where there’s a channel of rippled water. If caught in a rip don’t panic and don’t try and swim back in against the rip. Stay calm, put your hand up to attract attention.
Dumpers and surging Waves
Waves that don’t break or waves that break very forcefully should be avoided. Dumpers are waves that break with force, usually at low tide, in shallow water. The crest of the wave plunges straight down instead of rolling down. Dumpers can cause serious injury. Anyone who has been dumped can remember the powerful force that kept them pinned onto the sand with the water swirling over them. Waves that don’t break at all (surging waves) can knock swimmers over and drag them out to sea.
Want more information?
Contact Waverley Council’s Lifeguard Co-ordinator on 83362 3407 or the lifeguard tower on 8362 3450
Don’t get burnt
One of the first things many people notice when they land in Australia is how harsh the sun feels. The Australian sun is one of the harshest in the world. Intense UV radiation passes through the atmosphere and lands right here in Bondi. This UV radiation is harmful to you because it can cause sunburn and skin cancer. UV radiation can be strong even on cool, grey and overcast days.
Surfer’s code of conduct
You made the decision to go for a surf at Bondi Beach? Enjoy!
You might even get lucky and get to spend some time with some dolphins in the water. However you will most probably not be the only surfer in the water. Make sure you read through the surfer’s code of conduct to avoid getting hurt, hurt others or offend the Bondi Beach locals.
Surfer’s code of conduct by Australia’s Surfing Coast Website
Source: Australia’s Surfing Coast Website
The surfers’ code is a set of universal surfing safety tips, rules and unwritten laws that you must abide by.
This is surfing etiquette that applies to everyone in the surf whether young or old, beginner or pro.
Follow these simple rules and you’ll save yourself a nasty accident or car park brawl.
1. Don’t drop in
Basically, this means the person closest to the breaking wave has the right to ride it. Wait your turn in the lineup. (As a beginner, avoid the lineup until you are confident you can do controlled take-offs). And don’t catch a wave and then turn straight back around.
2. Paddle wide
Don’t paddle out to the line-up through the impact zone (where the waves are breaking and people are surfing) or where others are waiting to catch a wave. When paddling out, a surfer riding the wave always has right of way.
When catching a wave let others know which way you are going. Refrain from verbally abusing other surfers.
4. Don’t throw your board
Hang on to your board. Learn to duck dive to get under waves. Make sure your leg rope is intact. Never throw your board – it could seriously injure someone.
5. Respect the beach, the ocean and others
Respect the beach, don’t be a wave hog and respect more experienced surfers than yourself. Do your bit to keep the beach and ocean clean.
Bondi wakes up early with surfers, swimmers and photographers all flocking to the beach to experience the gorgeous sunrise and early morning waves. Even before the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean keen runners will be treading a path up and down the promenade taking in the early morning scene. Cafes are open early and are a great way to start your day in Bondi.
You can check out some amazing photos of Bondi sunrises on the Aquabumps website. Aquabumps is a website dedicated to Bondi in the early hours of the morning. They also sell their images at the local gallery and online.
The water is typically much calmer on the North end of the beach (opposite end to Icebergs) and there will be flags up that end for safe swimming. Remember to always swim between the flags. It’s also a good idea to learn about staying safe at Bondi Beach this summer. Click here for more information.
The North is also a great place to hangout as there is the “grassy knoll”. The grassy knoll is the grassy hill on the north side of the beach. It’s a great place to chill out – just don’t pack your drinks or decks for an afternoon party. It’s a family-friendly area and alcohol and amplified music is not permitted. The Southern end is where you will more often see surfers. This is because the conditions usually make the waves more fun up that end.
Want to be surfer not just a spectactor? Bondi is a great place to learn and there are lots of beginners in the water. The Surf School Let’s Go Surfing is a great place to start. They will teach you on safe foam boards and most people can stand up after two-hour lesson. You’ll need a lot more practice to be confident in the water on your own.
It’s always a good idea to bring reading material to the beach. If you want a peek into Bondi local life pick up a copy of the free press Wentworth Courier or The Beast. This will give you more insight to local Bondi stories. Some great recent Australian novels perfect for beach reading include: Tim Winton’s Breath, Hannah Richell’s Secrets of the Tides and Faval Parrett’s Past the Shallows.
Just so you know.. one of the fastest ways to not make friends in Bondi includes littering on the beach, or anywhere in Bondi for that matter. The locals find it so heartbreaking to find the beach used as a rubbish dump after a long summers day.
Summer is here and this means long days and warm balmy nights – the perfect setting to party with friends, loved ones and other travel buddies. If you’ve just landed in Bondi your summer night memories are just waiting to happen – we want you to make this the best summer of your life!
Bondi is an Alcohol Free Zone
For everyone’s comfort and safety, you are not allowed to drink alcohol on the beaches, parks and public streets. Check out the areas where you are not allowed to drink on the map here.
It’s enforced by the council, police and security, and you can be fined – making for an expensive night out!
Take a Hike – Coastal Walk
There is nothing in the world quite like the coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte. The spectacular cliff tops, glorious beaches and crisp salty air have been know to inspire, relax and delight travelers from across the globe. Locals love it too! View and print a map of the walk here.
The walk begins at the north end of Bondi Beach at Ben Buckler Point. You can also join just on the footpath at the South side of Bondi (near Icebergs). It covers the headlands and bays of Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches with a cliff-top path from Bondi to Tamarama. The walk is 4km and takes around an hour and a half, depending on your speed.
Bondi Weekend – Markets!
The Bondi Markets have been around since 1993 and now are a bit of a Sunday ritual for many locals.
What makes the Bondi Markets so great is that inside most of the stalls you’ll find emerging young designers selling their own unique designer goods. Bondi Markets is less touristy than many markets (no koala badges here!) and what also makes it great is that the vibe is very chilled.
Another tip: Sometimes charity groups sell second hand and vintage wares at the Markets – these stores are often the best vintage finds! Bondi Markets is the place to go when your looking for the next big thing, or just something cute to pop in your luggage.