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'''Bondi Beach''' [http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-east/bondi] is a world -famous beachside locality of [[Sydney]].
==UnderstandAbout Bondi Beach==
The closest ocean beach to the centre of Sydney, [[Image:Bondi_Beach_Vista.jpg|thumb|Bondi has become synonymous with Sydney's beach lifestyle, and is very popular with tourists, residents, and resident tourists.Beach Vista]]
The closest ocean beach to the centre of Sydney a mere 7km away, Bondi Beach has become a favourite of the "barmy army" of British synonymous with Sydney's beach lifestyle and is very popular with tourists, who annually gather on its sands for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas in the sundaytrippers, backpackers, residents and all Sydneysiders.[http[Image://wwwBondi-Beach-Gold.photo.net.au/gallery/bondi/christmas2005/jpg|thumb|Bondi Beach Golden Afternoon]] Bondi is also now home to numerous youth hostels with backpackers who congregate mainly in the summer months. It is not uncommon to hear Norwegian, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish or Spanish while walking across the beach or through the cafes.
[[Image:BondiBeachPanorama.jpg|Bondi Beach Panorama]]is famous for its glistening ocean, pristine sands, reliable surf and seaside spirit. Its laid back coastal lifestyle, cafe culture, boutique shops and thriving, eclectic community is equally enticing.
Bondi Beach has become a vaguely alternative feel, despite favourite of the obvious commercialism present, and attracts a large number of "individualsbarmy army"; watch out, for exampleof British tourists, who annually gather on its sands for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas in the guy sun.Bondi is home to numerous youth hostels with backpackers who will strip off near congregate mainly in the shopssummer months. It is not uncommon to hear Norwegian, Portuguese, French, German, to walk stark naked through the traffic on Campbell ParadeDutch, Swedish, before going down to Danish or Spanish while walking across the beachor through the cafes.
Bondi Beach is a very welcoming and tolerantcommunity; topless sunbathing is common acceptable, and gay and lesbian couples displaying affection can be seen.[[Image:Bondi_Beach_Surfing.jpg|thumb|Surfing at Bondi Beach]] [[Image:Bondi_Beach_Sporty_Lifestyle.jpg|thumb|Sporty Lifestyle at Bondi Beach]] [[Image:BondiBeachPanorama.jpg|thumb|350px|Bondi Beach Panorama]]
==Get inIn==
Don't confuse Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach. Getting to Bondi Junction may be the closest rail station to the beach but is still 3 km from it.
Although there are direct buses from the city centre to the beach, you will save about 30 minutes by taking suburban the train and bus as opposed to bus only. Unless you have a MyMulti period ticket (which is recommended to have), there are rail tickets to "Bondi Beach" which include the bus.
===From the city centre===
From Central station, take a suburban train on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line (stopping on track 24) bound for Bondi Junction and get off at the terminus. The train runs every 10 minutes during off-peak and every 5 minutes during peak; it also stops at Town Hall, among others. At Bondi Junction, get to the A3 stand of the connecting bus terminal and hop on the 333 (or the slightly slower 380 or 389) bus towards North Bondi, which connects with the suburban trains. After about 10 minutes get off at Campbell Pde Nr Hall St and the beach will be on your right. The total travel time is 28 minutes from Central and as little as 25 minutes from Town Hall.
For more information see the transport infoline [http://www.131500.info/] ('''there is no such stop as Bondi Beach, and Campbell Pde Nr Hall St is your best bet''').
===From Sydney Airport===
In this case your best bet is taking a suburban train on the Airport & East Hills Line bound for either Revesby or Macarthur, and get off at the next stop, Wolli Creek, and change there for an Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line train to Bondi Junction and finally the 333 (or the slightly slower 380 or 389) bus to Campbell Pde Nr Hall St. Travel time from the airport is 47 minutes. ===Taxi Service===There’s a taxi stand outside the train station at Bondi Junction. Cost is about $5-10 depending on traffic. City to/from Bondi Beach is about $20-30. The airport, about 14km away, is about $35-45 for a 20-30min trip. Try [http://www.taxiscombined.com.au] or call 133 300 or their iPhone app mTaxi.
* '''Sydney Airport Transfers''' [http://www.airporttransfers.com.au/limo/Sydney.html] - Luxury airport transfers.
* '''Walk''' on the coastal walk (at the bottom of Notts Avenue, off Campbell Parade) to Tamarama , [[Sydney/Bronte|Bronte]] , [[Sydney/Coogee|Coogee]] and eventually [[Sydney/Maroubra|Maroubra]]. Surely one of Sydney's most popular, spectacular and accessible walks. No shortage of places to stop off for a coffee or a cool drink along the way.
* '''Surf'''. The southern end of the beach is reserved for surfers. There are surf schools like '''Let's Go Surfing''' [http://www.letsgosurfing.com.au/] or you can rent surf boards and body boards, as well as wetsuits. A cheaper option (although a bit further away from the beach) is '''Sydney Surfboard Rental and Hire''' [http://sydneysurfboardrental.wordpress.com].
* '''Bondi Icebergs''' [http://www.icebergs.com.au] - A popular rock swimming pool with restaurant and bar facilities upstairs that look over the entire beach. It is named for the brave swimmers who compete here in the winter months. Opening hours: M-F: 6AM-7PM6.30PM, Sa-Su: 6.30AM - 6.30PM. Entry $4 5.5 Adults/$23.50 Children/Seniors. Many other Sydney beaches have rock pools with no charge for access.
*'''Scuba Dive''' at North Bondi. Meet the protected Blue Groper and visit the Cathedral Cave. Rent scuba gear from Dive Bondi [http://www.divebondi.com.au/] at 198 Bondi Rd. PADI [http://www.divebondi.com.au/courses.php] dive certification is available: Open Water is $425, Advanced Open Water is $375.
* '''Sculpture by the Sea''' [http://www.sculpturebythesea.com/]- An annual outdoor display of sculpture (over 100 separate works) distributed along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk (begins at the bottom of Notts Avenue, off Campbell Parade). Free.
* '''Christmas'''. - Bondi Beach is the traditional Christmas Day destination for backpackers for attending a Christmas Day "family" gathering for those whose real family is overseas. Alcohol is not allowed on the beach or in the water. The pubs Pubs are closed.
==Eat==
*'''Gelato Bar Café Restaurant''', 140 Campbell Parade, ph 02 9130 4033. Gelato Bar is one of the oldest places in Bondi and has built up a reputation over 40 years. They specialise in strudels, tortes, slices, crepes, and of course, gelato. For dinner, the food is European fare including Schnitzel, Beef Stroganoff, Goulash and Roast Duck ... and of course, you can get your fish and chip fix. The restaurant overlooks the beachfront.
==SleepBuy==
===Markets===
*<sleep name="Bondi Beach Holiday Homes" alt="" address="128 Ramsgate Ave" directions="Turn right off Campbell Pd onto Ramsgate Ave on the Ben Buckler peninsula" phone="0430 561 657" url="www.bondibeachholidayhomes.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="100" lat="33° 53' S " long="151° 16' E">A selection of 10 beautifully furnished holiday homes with modern comforts & spacious living areas. All homes are located in prime locations near 'Bondi Beach with public transport nearby. These private self contained apartments range from studio's to 3 bedrooms. Wifi Internet, linen, bath and beach towels all included. A great accommodation option with nightly rates from $100.</sleep>===Budget===*Markets'''Bondi Sands''' [http://www.bondisands.com/], 252 Campbell Parade, tel 04 1456 8930, every Sunday 9AM- A clean, friendly hostel 60 metres from 3PM in the beach. *'''Indy's Backpackers''' [http://www.indysbackpackers.com.au/]grounds of Bondi Beach Public School, 35a Hall Street and (Campbell Parade, tel 02 9365 4900, fax 02 9365 4994 - With two different locations, right in the heart one block north of Bondi's cafe scene, Indy's Backpackers offers clean and comfortable rooms for the budget conscious. *'''Bondi Beachhouse YHA''' [http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=193], Cnr Fletcher and Dellview Sts, tel (02main shopping centre) 9365 2088 - Awesome beach views from the rooftop. Free snorkelling gear, surf and body boards. Weekly backpacker entertainment nights.
*'''Tama Bondi Beach HouseCommunity Market''' [http://wwwSaturday and Sunday from 1pm till late (Sept to April), some weekdays during summer, weather dependant.tamabeach.com], 22 Dellview Street - Tama The Bondi Beach House Community Market is located in a tranquil beachside setting overlooking Tamarama’s Mackenzie Baythe heart of Bondi Beach, near Hurricane's restaurant, not far from McDonald's. Great range of Jewellery, Sunglasses and fashion and beach attire. You can find some local designers at this market. The residence market is divided into 4 separate apartments which offer a private self contained holiday experience. Apartments enjoy swimming pool & BBQ facilities over looking the Oceanrun by a not for profit organisation and profits are donated to local Charities.
==Drink==
Of course, if you want to be "seen" then go for Ravesis on the corner of Hall St and Campbell parade. It attracts the beautiful people.. or at least those who think they are beautiful.
Bondi locals will tend to go for '''BB's Bar Bondi''' [http://www.bbsbondi.com.au]. Established in 1959 BB's is a blues n roots, rock n roll live music venue. Recently relocated from its cramped spot on Curlewis St this funky little place is hidden in an atrium between the Bondi surf co shop and Bondi Ink on 78 Campbell Parade. Now offers food at affordable prices. There's always a happy hour from 5-7pm.*<drink name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>*<drink name="Tama Beach House" alt="" address="22 Dellview Street Tamarama" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tamabeach.com" hours="" price="from $98" lat="" long="">Tama Beach House is located in a tranquil beachside setting overlooking Tamarama’s Mackenzie Bay. The residence is divided into 4 separate apartments which offer a private self contained holiday experience. Apartments enjoy swimming pool & BBQ facilities over looking the Ocean.</drink>*<drink name="Bondi Beach Holiday Homes" alt="" addressSleep="128 Ramsgate Ave" directions="Right turn off of Campbell Pd onto the Ben Buckler peninsula" phone="0430 561 657" url="www.bondibeachholidayhomes.com" hours="8 am - 8 pm" price="from $100 per night" lat="33° 53' S" long="151° 16' E">A selection of 10 beautifully furnished holiday homes with modern comforts & spacious living areas. All homes are located in prime locations near Bondi Beach with public transport nearby. These private self contained apartments range from studio's to 3 bedrooms. Wifi Internet, linen, bath and beach towels all included. A great accommodation option with nightly rates from $100.</drink>
*<sleep name="Bondi Beach Holiday Homes" alt="" address="128 Ramsgate Ave" directions="" phone="0430 561 657" url="http://www.bondibeachholidayhomes.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="33° 53' S" long="151° 16' E">A selection of 10 beautifully furnished holiday homes with modern comforts & spacious living areas. All homes are located in prime locations near Bondi Beach with public transport nearby. These private self contained apartments range from studio's to 3 bedrooms. Wi-Fi Internet, linen, bath and beach towels all included. A smart accommodation option for short and long term stays.</sleep>
==Buy=Budget===
===Markets===*'''Bondi Sands''' [http://www.bondisands.com/], 252 Campbell Parade, tel 04 1456 8930, - A clean, friendly hostel 60 metres from the beach.
*'''Bondi Beach MarketsIndy's Backpackers'''[http://www.indysbackpackers.com.au/], every Sunday 9AM35a Hall Street and Campbell Parade, tel 02 9365 4900, fax 02 9365 4994 -3PM With two different locations, right in the grounds heart of Bondi Beach Public School's cafe scene, (Campbell Parade, one block north of Indy's Backpackers offers clean and comfortable rooms for the main shopping centre)budget conscious.
*'''Bondi Beachhouse YHA''' [http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid==Get out==193], Cnr Fletcher and Dellview Sts, tel (02) 9365 2088 - Awesome beach views from the rooftop. Free snorkelling gear, surf and body boards. Weekly backpacker entertainment nights.
Congratulations on making it to the world famous Bondi *'''Tama Beach. Time now to discover some of SydneyHouse'''s other fantastic but lesser known beaches up and down the Sydney coast[http://www. Each has its own charactertamabeach. Try the other [[Sydney/Eastern Suburbs#Ocean Beaches|Eastern Suburbs]com] beaches, some within walking distance22 Dellview Street - Tama Beach House is in a tranquil beachside setting overlooking Tamarama’s Mackenzie Bay. [[Sydney/Cronulla|Cronulla Beach]] The residence is just divided into 4 separate apartments which offer a private self contained holiday experience. Apartments enjoy swimming pool & BBQ facilities over looking the Georges River further southOcean. Sydney*'''Noahs Bondi beach'''s [[Sydneyhttp://Northern Beaches|Northern Beaches]www.noahsbondibeach.com] stretching north from [[Sydneyhttp://Manly|Manly]www.techandtrends.com] , 2 Campbell parade, Bondi beach, -tel(02) 93657100Noah’s Bondi Beach is a Bondi landmarkLocated on Campbell Parade, overlooking the picturesque Bondi Beach. Noah’s is within metres of the beach, public transport, restaurants, cafés and shops, and a stumbling distance to [[Bondi’s many great bars and pubs. Bondi Beach is only 15 minutes from Sydney CBD and 25 minutes from Sydney/Palm Beach|Palm Beach]]airport.
{{isPartOf|Sydney/Eastern_Suburbs}}===Luxury===
*'''Luxury Accommodation Bondi Beach''' [http://www.accommodationbondibeach.net.au/], 13/178 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Phone (Vicki): 0407 004048, - One bedroom furnished apartment across the road from the sands of iconic Bondi Beach
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==Get out==
Congratulations on exploring and enjoying the world famous Bondi Beach. Time now to discover some of Sydney's other fantastic but lesser known beaches up and down the Sydney coast. Each has its own character. Try the other [[Sydney/Eastern Suburbs#Ocean Beaches|Eastern Suburbs]] beaches, some within walking distance. [[Sydney/Cronulla|Cronulla Beach]] is just over the Georges River further south. Sydney's [[Sydney/Northern Beaches|Northern Beaches]] stretching north from [[Sydney/Manly|Manly]] to [[Sydney/Palm Beach|Palm Beach]].
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