Bondi Beach

The ultimate destination for surfers, sunbathers, backpackers, and night owls, Bondi Beach is a must-see Sydney celebrity.

Lazy Sunday is everyday at Bondi Beach, Sydney's famous eastern shoreline. More than a scantily-clad strip of sand and rolling surf, Bondi Beach is as beloved for its laid-back bar scene and percolating cafes as it is for the backyard barbecues that fire up every weekend. Despite Bondi Beach being one of the city's most glamorous destinations, its glamor derives from its celebrity status as an epic place in the sun, not from any kind of pretension.

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On the Map

Bondi Beach is bordered by Tamarama, Bondi, North Bondi, and Bellevue Hill

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 30 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 30 minutes by bus

Bondi Beach: Sydney's Golden Shoreline

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Sunbathers stretch along more-than-a-kilometer-long stretches of sand in Bondi Beach, Australia's iconic eastern beach destination.

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Surf shops, sidewalk cafes, and beach boutiques line its main street.

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If you like Los Angeles' beach scene, Bondi Beach feels a little bit like Venice Beach.

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Surfers, skaters, shoppers, and swimmers converge along its wide beaches, wide boardwalks, and wide bowls.

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Basking at Bondi Beach is a laid-back affair.

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Read, ride, and watch the rip along the neighborhood's golden shoreline.

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Images of Bondi Beach recall still frames from commercials encouraging tourism.

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The photos don't lie.

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At Bondi Beach, it really looks that good.

Beachside Dining: Casual Cafe Lifestyles

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Cafes, chip shops, and ice cream parlors proliferate along Hall Street as its blocks approach the beach.

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The neighborhood's eateries possess a penchant for international fare.

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Whether or not the origins of their food diverge, most of Bondi Beach's cafes and restaurants share one thing in common.

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Outdoor seating.

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The eateries, coffee houses, restaurants offer a diversity of cuisines for any appetite."

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Visited in 2013

Beachside Shopping on Campbell Parade

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Campbell Parade fills with souvenir shops, kitsch stores, and heaps of sandal-clad traffic.

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Grocers and convenience stores intersperse between beach-inspired boutiques and gift shops.

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In case you are tired of the beach (hard to imagine, though), travelling to the city is also very easy by public transport - a bus is leaving every 5-10 minutes."

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Hosts A nice room at Bondi Beach

From Golden Shores to Golden Delicious: The Bondi Beach Markets

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Bondi Beach Markets take place every Sunday at the north end of Campbell Parade.

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The market is a mix of established pop-up shops, vintage enthusiasts, and self-made entrepreneurs.

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Self-described as a "cornucopia of colour, sound, and movement," Bondi Beach Markets aptly lives up to its hype.

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Its produce is richly flavored and its jewelry and textiles richly patterned.

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It's always fresh.

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Always local.

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Always worth the journey.

Beachside Culture at Bondi Pavilion

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Bondi Pavilion provides alternative entertainment to seaside sunbathing.

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Its galleries, events, and outdoor cafes invite hours of productive inactivity.

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Staying Fit at Sydney's Famous Beach

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Baring it all along the water takes courage.

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In Bondi Beach, locals surf, jog, bike, hike, and spike their way to fitness.

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Bondi Beach is over 1 km long and the closest beach to the city centre, both beautiful and an icon of Aussie beach and surf culture."

Taking the Scenic Route: Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

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The Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk curves around the beach's cliff sides and weaves its way through the neighborhood's coves.

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Walk end to end in an hour and a half or stick to Bondi's particular path.

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You can cruise its coastline in fifteen minutes' time.

Sundown on Bondi Beach

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From dawn patrols to sunset sessions, Bondi Beach's shoreline stays busy.

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The declination of the sun leads to evening inclinations.

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The Entertaining Set After Sunset

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Scrupulously groomed and haphazardly stylized, Bondi Beach models a mix of international travelers, wave-seeking surfers, and laid-back locals who love their spot on the shore.

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A mix of wine bars, smokey pub stoops, trendy pool halls, and epic DJ sets after catching the last set, Bondi Beach's nightlife is nearly as renowned as its oceanfront location.

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Out of the water, the only shark to consider is the pool shark.

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They're the only sharks in town.

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Fins to the left.

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Fins to the right.

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Cocktails or beer.

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Outdoors or in.

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In Bondi Beach, neither matters so much as having a good time.

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Wherever you find yourself.

Photography

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

David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.

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Damian Shaw was born and raised in Sydney, and has been living in the Bondi area for the last 8 years. Damian has been a photojournalist for the past 10 years working for different publications in Australia and overseas. His images have been published in magazines, websites, and newspapers around the world.

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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.

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