Built in the Mediterranean Georgian Revival style in 1929, ‘The Pav’ is more a cultural centre than a changing shed, although it does...
Bondi Beach's skateboard ramp.
The prime posing location on Bondi Beach, right by the North Bondi surf club.
Bondi Openair Cinema
Enjoy open-air screenings by the sea, with live bands providing prescreening entertainment. Online bookings recommended.
The panini here are nearly as big as the breakers at the nearby beach, making it a popular take-away option. Owner Robert Marchetti...
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Bondi Beach information
Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches: ocean and land collide, the Pacific arrives in great foaming swells, and all people are equal, as democratic as sand. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though crowded) waves, and is great for a rough-and-tumble swim (the average water temperature is a considerate 21°C). If the sea’s angry, try the child-friendly saltwater sea baths at either end of the beach.
Two surf clubs – Bondi and North Bondi – patrol the beach between sets of red-and-yellow flags, positioned to avoid the worst rips and holes. Thousands of unfortunates have to be rescued from the surf each year (enough to make a TV show about it), so don’t become a statistic – swim between the flags.
Surfers carve up sandbar breaks at either end of the beach; it’s a good place for learners, too. Prefer wheels to fins? There’s a skate ramp at the beach’s southern end. If posing in your budgie smugglers (Speedos) isn’t having enough impact, there’s an outdoor workout area near the North Bondi Surf Club. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), this is the part of the beach where the gay guys hang out.
Bondi Pavilion has changing rooms, lockers, cafes and a gelato shop. Ice-cream vendors also strut the sand in summer. At the beach’s northern end there’s a grassy spot with coin-operated barbecues. Booze is banned on the beach.