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Bondi Beach, Sydney's most famous beach

The city of Sydney is world famous for its beautiful beaches: kilometres of golden sand along the azure Pacific Ocean set against the backdrop of a stunning metropolis. The coastline is dotted with more than 100 beaches, from intimate coves to crowded wide sandy beaches near the harbour. Australia’s most famous beach by far is Bondi Beach, a must for visitors to Sydney.

The word 'bondi' in the local Aboriginal language means the sound of crashing waves – a very fitting description for this iconic beach. As surfers from around the world brave the enormous waves, sun lovers stretch out to tan on the fine golden sand. The lively Campbell Parade runs along Bondi Beach and offers a shaded avenue lined with boutiques, ice cream parlours and bars. Look for ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, stroll across the stately Bondi Pavilion or watch the famous Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club hone their rescue skills.

Bondi Beach is an Australian icon
Bondi Beach is an Australian icon

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Art and culture on the beach

Bondi Beach lies approximately 10 kilometres east of downtown Sydney. This wide sandy beach is an icon of Australian beach culture and has been attracting sun lovers and surfers for over 100 years. It is a popular destination year-round, and some of Sydney’s largest cultural and music events take place here. In August thousands of runners kick up the sand during the City2Surf fun run, and for 2 weeks during October and November artists from around the world showcase their most beautiful work at the Sculpture by the Sea event.

But Bondi Beach offers much more than sunshine and clear ocean water. To admire some Aboriginal art visit the Ben Buckler Reserve north of the beach; in these rocks you will find fascinating carvings of fish, sharks and boomerangs. Along the way you will pass the Bondi Pavilion. This elegant landmark was built in the late 1920s as changing rooms for the large number of swimmers. Today, the building houses a theatre, galleries and various shops.

“View fascinating Aboriginal engravings of fish, sharks and boomerangs in the rocks north of the beach”

Young heroes

The safety of swimmers at Bondi Beach is in good hands. The Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club is the oldest rescue organisation in the world and an Australian cultural icon. The club was founded in 1907 when a group of friends wanted to ensure the safety of all swimmers. Today, the club is Australia’s largest volunteer organisation and there is even a special place on the team for young heroes! Starting at the age of 5, brave boys and girls learn how to surf and rescue swimmers. In summer, these 'Nippers' practice their rescue skills every Sunday morning.
The oldest rescue organisation in the world

Photo credits

  • The oldest rescue organisation in the world: Mark Faviell, Flickr