No trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to the iconic Bondi Beach. Bondi, located just 7 kilometres east of the Sydney CBD, is an easy drive in your HertzSydney Airport car rental. There’s plenty to do and see once you arrive and there are plenty of wining and dining options.
The beach itself is only 1 kilometre long. It’s ideal for both swimming and surfing. If you’re travelling in winter, the water will be a cool 16 degrees Celsius. In summer the water reaches approximately 21 degrees. There’s a shark net so you can rest easy and surf life savers patrol the area, where the red and yellow flags are posted.
Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a beginner wanting to give it a go, Bondi Beach has something for everyone. There are protected areas for beginner surfers and surfing classes are on offer from local schools such as Let’s Go Surfing. For more experienced surfers, head to South Bondi for more of a challenge with larger southerly swells.
Bondi offers a wide area of sand, perfect for sunbaking on a warm summer’s day. Beyond the sand is a large grassy area overlooking the water, perfect for sitting and eating a takeaway lunch from one of the nearby food outlets.
Bondi is home to a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to suit all budgets and tastes. Most of these, along with stores selling clothing; souvenirs and more, are along Campbell Parade. Hotel Bondi is considered to be a landmark on Campbell Parade. It’s been standing since 1915 and is heritage listed.
There are takeaway joints and cafes as well as high end dining options such as Bondi Icebergs, a fancy and renowned restaurant with million dollar views.
There is a stunning coastal walk along the cliffs of Bondi Beach which winds around to Coogee Beach past other beaches including Bronte and Tamarama. If you were to walk the whole way it is approximately 6 kilometres and two hours at a leisurely pace. Stop along the way for a dip or some coffee or lunch at one of the beaches and enjoy the incredible views and the fresh air along the way.
If you’re traveling to Bondi in August, be aware that Sydney’s City to Surf ends in Bondi. Over 63,000 entrants take part in the race. Whilst the atmosphere will be a lot of fun, the crowded finish line might impinge upon your plans to explore Bondi Beach. Check dates and maybe visit Bondi on a different day.If you’re travelling in November, you’ll have the opportunity to view Bondi’s spectacular Sculptures By the Sea exhibit.
Sculptures by the Sea showcases some incredible works of art, cleverly placed on the sand as well as on the cliffs, rocks and even in the water. In January, Bondi hosts Flickerfest, a short film competition which screens the best short films from Australia and around the world.
Bondi Beach is accessible from the Sydney CBD by bus. Alternatively, drive the Hertz hire car you picked up at the Hertz Car Rental at Sydney Airport. It’s a short drive and parking is available on the streets surrounding the beach.