Bondi at a Glance
One of Sydney’s most notable eastern suburbs, Bondi is synonymous with Australia’s sunny beach culture. But Bondi isn’t just for surfing. Bondi includes several adjacent neighborhoods, including Bondi Junction, a commercial and transportation hub, and North Bondi, a more residential district. Start your day off with some food and shopping on Campbell Parade, and then take the famous Bondi to Coogee Walk along the waterfront.
While it’s a little far from the CBD you can catch the train to Bondi Junction and then a bus to the beach, the beautiful surroundings more than make up for it. Bondi Beach’s walkable commercial district offers breakfast, fine dining, and even some nightlife. On a sunny day, there’s no better place to swim than in Bondi Bay or, if you don’t like saltwater, in the famous Icebergs Pool overlooking the beach.
Bondi Junction is a bit less flashy, but with the Westfield Shopping Centre and the Event Cinema, it has plenty of options for shopping and entertainment. Stroll through adjacent Centennial Park or catch a movie at the Moonlight Cinema outside. You can keep yourself busy enough in Bondi that you’ll never have to go back to the CBD!
- One of Australia’s most popular and picturesque beaches, and the start of the scenic Bondi to Coogee Walk.
- Campbell Parade’s Art Deco buildings host a variety of top-notch eating and shopping options.
- Gould Street offers boutique shopping just a block from the beach.
- The Bondi Pavilion hosts film festivals and other cultural events throughout the year, such as the Festival of the Winds kite flying festival.
- Bondi Junction is one of the biggest shopping centers in Australia, so it can be crowded and hard to navigate at times.
- Parts of the beach are prone to dangerous rip tides, so always make sure you only swim in designated areas.
- Don’t miss Sculpture by the Sea, a free three-week festival that features over 100 sculptures displayed along the coast.
- Each Sunday, Bondi Markets brings local artisans to the beachfront to sell their crafts to the public. Some of our favourite brands have birthed here including Bailey Nelson; loving my pair of quality grey frames!
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Cafes and Tidbits
- Start your morning right on the beach with some coffee and sandwiches at Lush on Bondi.
- Or stroll up to the north end for juices and smoothies at bRU Coffee Bondi.
Gertrude & Alice serve coffee and lunch alongside the shelves of Bondi’s quirkiest bookstore.
- And Cali Press brings California-style coffee and health foods to Hall Street.
- At Bondi Junction, you can grab a brew at Bean of a Tree coffee cart.
- Or get some energy for your day at the shops at Luxe Espresso Bar.
The Bucket List serves Pimm’s and prawns right on the waterfront.
- While the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is a fancy Italian restaurant overlooking the bay.
- For Bondi’s best burgers, try Bonditony’s Burger Joint.
- Or grab some vegan options at Funky Pies next door.
Moo offers “gourmet” burgers, including kangaroo and free-range chicken.
- And Sabbaba sells Middle Eastern wraps and Halloumi chips.
- For share plates and cocktails, hang out in Bondi Hardware’s courtyard.
- The Stuffed Beaver is an American-style bar with beer and hot wings.
Panama House serves cocktails and Central American food.
- And Can Cava Pintxos & Wine offers Spanish-style tapas.
- The Bavarian Bier Cafe serves German beers and loud music to finish off your night.
Sites and Activities
- Don’t miss the Sculptures by the Sea Festival and the other cultural events going on at the Bondi Pavilion.
- Go out clubbing at The Junction.
- See an outdoor movie screening at the Moonlight Cinema.
- Check out the sea life in some of the tidal pools.
- Or hire an instructor for the day and learn to surf!
Bondi has some of Sydney’s most distinctive architecture, with Art Deco apartments along the waterfront and Victorian terrace houses in Bondi Junction. While there are no shortages of tourists filling up the neighborhood’s hotels and backpacker hostels, it’s still a popular choice for families and retirees, particularly North Bondi. And it’s long been a draw for Australia’s rich and famous seeking out multi-million-dollar homes.
As at the time of writing this, the average rent for a 2 bedroom unit / apartment in Bondi is $750. An equivalent house would increase your rent to $1,000 per week. North Bondi is a little higher at $770 per week for a 2 bedroom unit and $1,100 for a house. Whereas you can find slightly more affordable options in Bondi Junction ranging from $730 per week for a unit or $850 per week for a house. Bondi Beach is more dear given its coastal location and ranges from $800 and $1,200 upwards per week for a unit and house, respectively.
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