australia's surfing coast

from eden to bondi, to byron bay & beyond


Bondi - // Australia's surfing coast //

On a summer weekend in Sydney, you’d be hard pressed to find a larger collection of beautiful people than at Australia’s most iconic surf beach, Bondi. Looking buff is only part of the Bondi vibe however, and you’ll find people are out to enjoy themselves here as much as any other beach on the east coast.

The Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia’s most ancient and venerable swim clubs (circa 1890), occupies enough real estate at the south end to house an extravagant restaurant, a members’ bar and perhaps the most stunningly situated Olympic-size saltwater public swimming pool on the planet.

South Bondi is also the business end of the beach for board-riders, where south swells load up across a rocky reef and unfurl as powerful right-handers, to the joy of a mostly short-board contingent of locals and visitors. Sandbanks around the middle of the beach shape two or three separate left-and-right breaks, one of which usually falls into the possession of a cheerful crew of long-boarders. The north end is ideal for the soft-board learn-to-surfers, and a shallow kiddies’ pool here makes it a big draw with families.

For anyone with an eye for star-spotting, Bondi is also one of the most likely places in Sydney to see a celebrity, its esplanade and surrounding streets over-populated with actors, musicians, models and the cheerfully healthy and wealthy.

Getting there:
Bondi is one of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, 20 minutes' drive from the city centre; buses run regularly.

Learn to surf school:
Lets Go Surfing

Things to do and see in Bondi