Friday, November 25, 2016

Day 2598 - Let me take you on a tour of Bondi Beach

Another iconic Sydney must see ...

The lifeguard tower

Yesterday we took a visit to Bondi Beach.  While I've been there quite a few times in my adult life, I forget the kids may not remember their previous visits.

With the popularity of the TV show Bondi Rescue increasing, this trip was less about the ocean and more about spotting the life guards.




So when we saw "Harries" wandering off the beach and into the guard tower, it made the day complete.   We didn't bother him for photos because he was working. 


Photo borrowed from Ten Play

The rest of the outing was made up of checking what Bondi has to offer.

Of course there is the beach.  That's a given.

Bondi Beach was added to the National Heritage list in 2008 and is a much loved part of Aussie culture. It was the home of the first ever recorded Surf Life Saving Club established in 1907.

The lifeguard tower and the Bondi Pavilion are much recognised buildings in the area.

The Bondi Pavilion
To be honest, as a swimming beach, I wouldn't rate it.  I know it's iconic and all, but there are a gazillion beaches that offer picturesque and safe water fun.  I find Bondi a bit windy, choppy and overcrowded.

When it comes to the "vibe of the thing" then Bondi has it in spades.  What you get when you go to Bondi is the general energy of fun, freedom and a holiday spirit that tends to come with a touristy playground.

Over and above the beach there is a lot more to see.

Here are my top 5 must-sees in Bondi:

1. The street art: 

The walls around the beach come alive with varied artistic vision
2. The cliff top walk:

Whether you walk from Bondi to Bronte, or just enjoy the little stroll to Icebergs, it's a lovely way to get the full Bondi view


3. Bondi Icebergs:

This ocean water pool is a much loved part of Bondi heritage (currently undergoing a revamp) 


The Icebergs Club is a great place to have a drink while watching the surfers
4.  Shopping and eating

Wandering the streets checking out the tourist shops and boutiques are part of the Bondi lifestyle

There are plenty of outdoor eateries to choose from to help soak up the vibe and replenish your energy levels 

5.  Ice cream

When it comes to beach life, ice cream is almost as important as fish and chips. There are a few ice creameries to choose from but my pick is "Anita Gelato" found at 180 Campbell Parade just off the beach.

DIVINE!







Have you been to Bondi?

What would you add to this list of must-sees?

Any Bondi Rescue fans in your house? 


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5 comments :

  1. I spent my childhood summer holidays at Bondi and still have a real fondness for the area. Lovely for walking, watching and for great eating out. It just manages to hold on to that holiday vibe.

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  2. Oh that gelato! :) I'm trying to remember the name of the place we had icecream at last I was in Bondi a few years ago, but I'm drawing a blank. It wasn't too far from the beach and was really tasty too. I always like to visit it when I'm in Sydney, even if I've only been for a dip once or twice it's a nice day trip especially if you do a bit of the coastal walk you mentioned.

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  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing such great photos. Bondi beach looks and sounds like a great place to visit.

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  4. Not a big fan of Bondi but I do like that cliff top walk...

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  5. I haven't been to Bondi. When I was down for the weekend we were tossing up going but decided to head up the Northern Beaches instead. I hadn't seen either so it was a win anyway. Next visit I will have to make it a priority.

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