Bondi

Minutes to the sand but far enough from the seaside circus, Bondi is the best of both worlds in Sydney.

Rising above Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, Bondi quietly watches surfers hit the lip from its elevated perch in the city’s eastern suburbs. Bondi’s relative shyness to its rowdy neighbor doesn’t mean it lacks style, charisma, or personality. On the contrary, its local shops are neighborhood institutions and its classic bungalows preserve its beach town charm. Share a brew on Bondi Road or skate to the beach with your board—it’s easy to take it easy in Bondi.

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On the Map

Bondi is bordered by Tamarama, Waverly, Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, Bronte, Woollahra, and Bellevue Hill

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 30 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 30 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 5 minute walk

Bondi: A Bustling Hub Minutes from the Beach

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An eastern suburb with front-row seats to the seaside, Bondi bustles with groms and grandpas headed to the beach.

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Most of Bondi's activity walks along Bondi Road, the neighborhood's main street with seemingly one of everything.

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Groceries, butchers, flower shops, supermarkets, and restaurants flourish along Bondi Road.

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Most of Bondi's establishments are local institutions.

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Ask someone about Sam the butcher and you'll hear, "Oh yeah, he's been around forever."

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Cottage style beach homes line the residential streets just off of Bondi Road.

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I told my Brisbane cousin once that Bondi was the centre of the universe and he said “It might be the centre of your universe maybe.” But honestly, being in the heart of Sydney's three iconic eastern beaches is the best possible place to stay in Sydney. Each beach has a completely different feel from the others and they're all connected by a stunning cliff walk."

Bondi: Bars, Cafes, and Restaurants Near the Water

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Cafes, bars, and restaurants run the length of Bondi Road.

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Tapas, Tecates, and thongs (that's the term for the sandal you see here) are some of Bondi's favorite things.

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Wine and dine at the local cafes and restaurants, soak up the music from local venues, go crazy with shopping at Bondi Junction or take the bus/ train/ $25 cab fare to the Sydney nightlife and attractions."

The Beach Town's Quiet Side

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So close to the sand, Bondi sometimes busies with tourists from the beach.

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Mostly, its parks, streets, and classic Sydney bungalows maintain Bondi's ultra low-key atmosphere.

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The neighborhood's mix of modern, retro, and Art Deco dwellings lend it a homegrown charm.

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Always, the sea is in sight.

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Amazingly quiet and beautiful neighborhood. Great streets on either side of the neighborhood with tons of Restaurant and Bar choices right on the way to the beach."

Scott

Visited in 2013

Waverley Park: A Sporting Field

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Sports teams pack the fields at Waverley Park.

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Cricket players come to the crease during the summer and rugby players scrum when winter arrives.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Vanessa Levis is a food and lifestyle photographer from Sydney. Her fresh and modern photographs have been featured in some of Australia’s leading food and lifestyle magazines, as well as in international publications. She lives in Bondi and has loved being able to shoot and capture places she and her husband have called home for the past 14 years while raising their young family.

Vanessa Levis

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