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Bondi Beach In Sydney – A Complete Guide

Probably one of the most famous beaches in the World, Bondi Beach in Sydney is an iconic stretch of coast. Here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is about 7 km from the city centre and getting around Sydney couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

Public Transport

From the city the easiest way to get to Bondi Beach is to catch the train to Bondi junction (from Central, Town Hall, Martin Place) then change to the 380, 381, 382 or 333 bus at Bondi Junction for a 15 minute ride to the beach.

If you are visiting Sydney and the surrounding regions, an Opal card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares on public transport.

You can use an Opal card on the metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services. 

The card acts just like a ticket, except you keep it, top it up and simply tap on and tap off at either end of the journey.

Opal cards are available to purchase at many convenience stores and newsagents around Sydney.

There is no charge for an Opal card, however the minimum top up is $10 for an Adult Opal card and $5 for a Child/Youth Opal card.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

There are also standard buses and bus routes that can get you just about anywhere in the city.

However, there is also of course the famous Sydney & Bondi: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Tour.

This is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see Bondi Beach and many famous landmarks around the city at ease.

Tour

Some of the best days out we’ve had in Sydney have been on private tours.

So for those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Bondi Beach Entrance Fee

It’s free to visit Bondi Beach.

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Arriving at Bondi Beach for sunrise.

Bondi Beach Opening Times

Bondi Beach is open all day, every day.

Occasionally the beach may be closed (there will be signs) due to dangerous rips, strong currents or other situations that make swimming dangerous.

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Enjoying a moment of quiet at the popular beach.

Best Time To Visit Bondi Beach

You’ll have to get up early if you want to experience some quiet time and an empty beach because during the day this stretch of coastline completely packs out. Especially during the summer months.

Enjoy the ocean but remember to follow the advice of the life guard patrol as there are strong currents.

Take a picnic, sit back and enjoy the vibe of this iconic beach. (It is an alcohol free zone.)

Don’t forget the suncream, especially in the summer months – it gets pretty hot!

It’s a great place to catch a sunset and then enjoy the vibrant night life in the surrounding area.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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A very rare moment with no tourists at Bondi Beach.

What To Expect At Bondi Beach

Sitting between two headlands, this world famous beach is a beautiful, kilometre long curve of soft, golden sand that attracts people from all over the world.

It’s one of the most photographed locations in Sydney.

Backed by the vibrant city of Sydney, it’s obvious why this beach has a real buzz about it and is loved by locals and tourists alike.

Having great waves, it attracts swimmers, surfers, bodyboarders and bodysurfers. With kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding also popular when the waves are not so big.

However, Bondi does have dangerous rip currents, so you need to be careful and always stay between the red and yellow flags, in sight of the famous Bondi Beach lifeguards.

If you are looking for some help with riding the waves, Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level is highly recommended.

If you’re not into water sports and want to keep active, there’s a lovely, flat 1 km walk around the back of the beach that gives picturesque views.

You may even want to do the Bondi Beach Guided Walking Tour with a Local Lifesaver & Surf Instructor and get the low down on the local area.

Otherwise the Bondi To Coogee Coastal Walk is a great option to do yourself!

Of course, Bondi Beach does also attract plenty of people just wanting to chill on the beach and enjoy the generally beautiful weather and relaxed Aussie beach life.

In addition, at the south end of the beach you have the Icebergs Ocean Pool, which has a cafe, sauna and kids pool.

As well as a restaurant and bar above the ocean pool, which is said to be the perfect spot for cocktails at sunset. A great addition to your Sydney itinerary.

Surrounded by trendy cafes and boutique shops, there is definitely plenty to do and see whilst soaking up the Aussie beach vibe at Bondi Beach.

A great option if you’re looking for somewhere a little less touristy is Bronte Beach.

Facilites At Bondi Beach

Surfboards, lounge chairs and sun umbrellas for hire.

Free changing rooms and showers at Bondi Pavilion, as well as lockers to rent.

Surf Life Saving Club.

Outdoor showers and water fountains along the esplanade.

Picnic shelters and coin operated barbecues at Beach side park at the north point of Bondi Beach.

Cafes, bars, shops and restaurants beside the beach and on the main roads, Campbell Parade and Hall Street, at the back of the beach. 

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Exploring the skate park and graffiti.
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Taking a rest on the rails.
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The view over the beach from the beginning of the coastal walk.

Where To Stay In Sydney

Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Overlooking Sydney’s historic Rocks area, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers free WiFi, a bar, restaurant, fitness center and swimming pool.

Located in Sydney’s CBD Central Business District, it features luxurious rooms with panoramic views over the iconic Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. 

Each room offers an LCD TV, an iPod docking station and free toiletries.

There’s also a 350 square fitness centre that includes a relaxing sauna.

Guests can unwind in the hotel’s therapeutic spa and wellness center, which offers skin treatments and relaxing massages. Airport transfers are available upon request.

Mid-Budget

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Located in Sydney CBD, The Fullerton Hotel features an a la carte restaurant, a bar and access to a fitness centre.

It boasts luxurious rooms with unique decor as well as a flat-screen TV.

Some rooms offer the most stunning city views and guests can enjoy free WiFi in public areas. 

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is 15 a minute walk from both Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House.

Budget

The Village Bondi Beach

The Village Bondi Beach is just just a 2 minute walk from the world famous Bondi Beach and offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms. 

The hostel is a 20 minute drive from Sydney Harbour and a 25 minutes drive from Sydney Airport.

Markets, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within a 2 minute walk from the property. 

Facilities include guest laundry, kitchen, TV room, lounge room and a private bathroom.

There is a bus stop located at the end of the street with easy access to the city.

Free WiFi also is available with a limit of 500mb per day. You can pay for extra wifi too!

For more places to stay in Sydney, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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