Bondi beach is a stunning stretch of white sand, crystal clear water and surf. For the busiest beach in Australia and only 10 mins from the CBD its remarkable how clean it is. One of my favorite things to do is snorkel off the rocks at North Bondi. The locals know it as “the boat ramp” quite simply because there is a boat ramp which makes an easy access into the water for fishermen and swimmers alike.
You can usually come face to face with grouper, whiting, eels and crabs to name but a few of the friendly aquatic life.
Life above the water is just as colorful and on a busy day the people watching is insane! Bondi sure attracts its fair share of characters. To do a walk from North to South will have you turning your head left and right as the beautiful people, eccentric beach bums, surfers, models, body builders and fitness fanatics put on a show.
Dining around the beach area is top notch and offers a variation of restaurants. I like to go to places that offer a view. North Bondi Fish allows you to look out and take in the atmosphere while you sip on some wine or a cocktail of your choice in the sunshine. The food is delicious too, I can never go past the whiting tacos.
Another great spot to try for lunch, a sunset drink or even dinner is The Buckelist smack bang amongst it all on the Bondi Promenade. You can sit outside amongst the chilled out relaxed atmosphere, enjoy the weather, good music, food and mingle with the locals. Enjoy fish and chips, a burger or a bucket or prawns and beer at this iconic Bondi bar, the price for food is middle range. It’s totally acceptable to go from the beach to the bar which I love.
Taking you over to the South end now, the iconic icebergs sits in all it’s glory boasting a stunning ocean pool, and two restaurants over two levels of the infamous establishment.
The club Bistro above pool level is a cheaper option from the top level Dining Room and Bar. Here you can sit out on the balcony and watch the swimmers and surfers, enjoy a bottle of wine and share a seafood platter for two which will cost you $70AUD (which might sound expensive but remember, tips aren't expected in Australia). The average price for meals ranges from $7- $38AUD (approx $5-$30USD).
The Dining Room and Bar is world class with a price to match. So if you are on a budget perhaps treat yourself to a glass of wine and a cheese platter at the bar, if not go for it and have the full dining experience you won’t forget. The atmosphere and service is impeccable. Mains are around $40- $50AUD. My favorite dish is the tuna tartare with truffled dwarf peach.
If the sun is out it’s a great idea to pay the entry fee of $6.50AUD for adults, $4.50 for kids or $18.00 for a family to make like a lizard and soak in the sun around the pool. You would be forgiven for feeling you are in Santorini on the white rocks at sea level. Take a plunge into the refreshing salty pool, or do some laps, you will feel like a new person!
A visit to Bondi would not be complete without a walk along the famous “Bondi to Bronte” track. The 4.8 km the windy and undulating path hugs the famous coastline so you can take in all the sights. Grab a coffee in Bondi or a juice in Bronte or run it out, stop at the work out stations along the way and get a serious workout if that’s your thing.
It’s not uncommon to see whales and dolphins along the way depending on the season. What I will guarantee you will see are loads of surfers.
If you do want to try surfing while visiting Bondi there is a great little Surf School at the North end of Bondi called Lets Go Surfing. A two hour session will cost you $90 with a maximum of 5 people so you get lots of professional attention.
Bondi food markets
Head to Bondi on a Saturday to experience the Bondi food markets. They are located at Bondi Primary school. A favorite with locals the markets offer an array of different, mostly healthy food options, juices, desserts and coffee. Have a picnic on the grass and enjoy the singers or bands who entertain every week.
There are a lot of cool bars to wind down at after a day in the sun. Locals favorites include Ravesis, The Anchor, North Bondi RSL, The Neighborhood, Bondi Hardware and Luis Tans.
Laura Csortan is a travel host who presented for 8 years on the Great Outdoors. She has also hosted Qantas destination Guides, Channel 9 Holidays for Sale and most recently presented a film for National Geographic riding a motorbike across Morocco. As a passionate traveller Laura loves to share her favorite travel tips and adventures. Follow her on Instagram: lauracsortan or Twitter: @LauraCsortan
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