Sydney/Eastern Suburbs : Sydney/Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is a world famous beachside locality of Sydney.
The closest ocean beach to the centre of Sydney, Bondi has become synonymous with Sydney's beach lifestyle, and is very popular with tourists, residents, and resident tourists.
Bondi has become a favourite of the "barmy army" of British tourists, who annually gather on its sands for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas in the sun. 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.
Bondi Beach has a vaguely alternative feel, despite the obvious commercialism present, and attracts a large number of "individuals"; watch out, for example, for the guy who will strip off near the shops, to walk stark naked through the traffic on Campbell Parade, before going down to the beach.
Bondi Beach is very tolerant; topless sunbathing is common and gay and lesbian couples displaying affection can be seen.
Don't confuse Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach. Getting to Bondi Junction may be the closest rail station to the beach but 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 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 bus towards North Bondi, which connects with the suburban trains. After 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  (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 bus to Campbell Pde Nr Hall St. Travel time from the airport is 47 minutes.
See the crowds, the waves, the water, the sand, the sunbathers, the teenagers showing off, the tourists with long socks and shoes straight off the tour coach next to the skimpily clad sunbathers. It is all part of the Bondi Beach Scene.
If you see past the crowds, the beach itself is actually naturally scenic, and there is a esplanade running along the beach front and along to the rocks either side.
There are often displays in the historic Bondi Pavilion. Usually free, it is worth a quick look around.
Bondi is a food lover's delight. There are countless cafes and restaurants on the streets around the beach, many with great views. If you're looking for something quick and easy, there are kiosks on the beach, and a cafe in the pavilion with plenty of tables on the wide promenade. Unless you are planning a Saturday or Friday night out, there is usually no need to book in advance. Just walk around and find somewhere you like, or grab fish and chips and eat on the beach.
It is quite possible to go to Bondi Beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and not bother with any of that sand or water. The two biggest bars in Bondi are the Beach Road Hotel and Bondi Hotel. Both are excellent places to catch the finals in a cricket match or have a few drinks with your mates. Another great bar is at the previously mentioned Bondi Icebergs, it has a great view of the beach and relatively cheap drinks. Make sure to take some form of ID that proves you live outside a 5km radius as this is a club and the rule require that you be a member if you are inside 5km.
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 . 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.
Congratulations on making it to 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 Eastern Suburbs beaches, some within walking distance. Cronulla Beach is just over the Georges River further south. Sydney's Northern Beaches stretching north from Manly to Palm Beach.