World Famous Bondi Beach in Australia
If you ask anyone on the street in Sydney for some advice on things to see and do, without a doubt, most will tell you to visit the world re-known Bondi Beach. Much like Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, this beach also attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each and every year from all over the world.
Of course, having a love for the ocean and beaches, it was one of the first places on our list of things to see and do on our first visit to Sydney and Australia. “Bondi” is named appropriately and by Australia’s Aboriginal people and means … “water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks.”
First, check out my short photo and video presentation on our great day at Bondi Beach!
How to Get to Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach or Bondi Bay is located within 7 km from downtown Sydney and is easily accessible by car or bus. This district has a population of over ten thousand people and is known to be one of Sydney, Australia’s most densely populated areas.
Getting around the city is easy, with city transit, rail transit, tour buses and more and easily accessible. There is really no need to rent a car and battle congested traffic in and around the city limits unless circumstances must include a rental car in your travels. If you are visiting as a tourist and want to see some of the more popular sites, then I certainly recommend the Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus. You can purchase a one or two day pass and get on and off the bus at your leisure.
These buses cover all the major tourist attractions including a trip out to Bondi Beach, making travel easy, stress free and enjoyable! These buses are a great way to get around conveniently and to see the sites during your stay in Sydney proper. It seems most major cities around the globe now offer these types of tour buses because of their ever increasingly popularity. We have used them in many cities now over the past few years and find them unbeatable for convenience and price.
Things to Be Aware of at the Beach
Bondi Beach for about 1 kilometre with both ends completely different as far as swimming conditions go. It doesn’t matter what beach you visit in Australia, you must pay close attention to warnings posted for your own safety when entering the water.
Never take the ocean in this country for granted, it may cost you your life!
We love the water and have enjoyed the many beautiful beaches around the globe that our travels have taken us to. I can honestly tell you, the beaches in Australia have some of the strongest currents and rip tides that we have ever experienced. We always paid attention to the flags posted on the public beaches where lifeguards recommend you enter the water only. Even these areas at times, can be difficult for even the strongest swimmers.
So always be on guard, pay attention to the warnings and never venture off into the sea where you should not be. Much like boundaries set for snow skiing, those who venture off beyond the safe boundaries are the ones that most often run into serious trouble.
Surf Life Saving Australia gives hazard ratings to beaches in Australia, including Bondi Beach.
The northern end of the beach has been given a rating of 4 on a scale of 1 to 10. The southern side is rated 7 because of a well-known rip current offshore known as the “Backpackers’ Express.”
Ironically this rip current received its name because of this section of the beach happens to be the closest to where the local bus stops and the reluctance of visitors to take the extra few minutes to walk to the other end of the beach where it is much safer for swimming. At most public beaches, you will see yellow and red flags lifeguards have posted indicating the safest place in the water at that time for swimming. It is important to stay within the boundaries of those flags!
You can still have a great time in the water at most beaches taking the necessary precautions as we did, on our visit to Australia’s beautiful public beaches.
For beach lovers, people watching or those looking for beautiful scenic destinations to discover on their stay in Sydney, then do take the quick trip out to Bondi, you will not be disappointed! For those looking for more information on this area, I have included a link to a helpful website below for your convenience. As well, follow along on our journey and check out the main Attractions in Sydney Australia we enjoyed on our recent visit!
Have you visited Bondi Beach? Where’s your favorite beach in Australia?
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