My name is Vicki Shiels. Bondi Beach has been my home for the past 45 years. I’m almost considered to be a local! I have married a local guy, who has lived at Bondi Beach for all of his 66 years. We both love living on the beachfront and try to pursue a healthy lifestyle with lots of sun, surf, sand, good food and plenty of exercise. It’s a far cry from my early years on a farm on the outskirts of Sydney.
Historically, Bondi Beach was originally inhabited by the Cadigal aboriginal people. The Cadigal leader’s wife’s name was Boondi. This has apparently morphed its way to Bondi over time.
My husband has a small business in Paddington. I am there helping for 3 days a week, but outside of that, I like to paint – mainly beach scenes, naturally. My niece is an artist (who is actually paid good money for her paintings), and her wave paintings adorn the unit for rent. I love her wave paintings – they have so much movement, colour and vibrancy.
I also like to walk the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte with friends. We do this several times a week, and always end it with coffee and lively chatter. Our rule is – whoever stops for breath becomes the listener. The coastal walk is a “must do” if you are staying at Bondi – the scenery is spectacular, and you don’t have to stop and turn around at Bronte - you can keep on going to Maroubra, if you feel inclined.
I hope you decide to come and visit us and become a part of the Bondi Beach community. It’s a great lifestyle!