Bondi Beach – Australia’s most famous beach
Bondi Beach is about 1 kilometre long and receives many visitors throughout the year. While the northern end has been rated a gentle end of the beach, the southern side is known to be rougher due to a famous rip current known as the “Backpackers’ Rip” because of its proximity to the bus stop, the fact that many backpackers and tourists do not realise that the flat, smooth water is a rip, and quite dangerous, and the unwillingness of tourists to walk the length of the beach to safer swimming. The south end of the beach is generally reserved for surfboard riding. Yellow and red flags define safe swimming areas, and visitors are advised to swim between them.
There is an underwater shark net however it does not stretch the entire beach, it is made up of overlapping sections. Many other beaches along the same stretch of the coast have similar shark nets. Pods of whales and dolphins have been sighted in the bay during the months of migration (March-May, September-November). Fairy penguins, while uncommon, are sometimes also seen swimming close to shore or amongst surfers in southern line-up.
In 2011, Waverley Council implemented Wi-Fi to Bondi Beach users. Service is free with limits on access periods and downloads per use. Wi-Fi offers access to local events and business information. Safety information and a guide to enjoying the beach for bathers and surfers is available on www.mybondisummer.com.
How to get go Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is well serviced by public transport with buses that will get you right down to the beach. Bondi Junction is the closest train station to Bondi Beach. This is the place where buses and trains link together. From the train station you will need to take a bus down to the beach.
If you’re travelling between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach, the buses you want are the 333, 380 or 381. You will need to stand at Stand A3 for the 333 and Stand A1 for the 380, 381 and 382. It costs $2.30 to travel from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. The buses are quite regular, and here is a handy timetable.
Many buses in the area do not take cash and you need to use a travel pass. You can purchase these from Bondi Junction Interchange vending machine, or at most convenience stores.
It takes about 15 mins to get to Bondi Beach from Bondi Junction on the bus or you can walk which should take you about 45 mins.