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25 Best Things to Do in Bondi, Australia

  • Published 2022/03/20

Bondi is one of the top tourist attractions in Australia.

Its beach is world-famous and has over 2.6 million visitors every year.

It is located 7 kilometers (5 miles) from Sydney.

Bondi boasts postcard-perfect views, amazing ocean pools, exquisite diners, kaleidoscopic sunsets, turquoise waters, and exhilarating nightlife

This beach is on many travelers’ bucket lists.

Here’s a list of the best things to do in Bondi, Australia:

Do Yoga by the Ocean

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Yoga classes are quite popular in Australia’s Bondi Beach.

There are several businesses that deliver this service.

They provide you with trained yoga instructors to help you learn various asanas.

One such renowned yoga class on this beach is Bondi Yin.

Yoga is known to help people achieve mental peace and physical balance.

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The scenic views, heavenly breeze, and tranquil atmosphere will motivate you further and makes the whole learning process more enjoyable.

You’ll instantly start feeling more relaxed and energized at the same time.

Beaches provide the most amazing environment to do yoga.

The best time to go to Bondi for meditation or yoga is the early morning when you can experience the sunrise and listen to the waves while practicing asanas.

The beach is very peaceful during this time of the day.

Many people who don’t want to sign up for yoga lessons practice on the beach by themselves.

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Go Surfing

Bondi Beach Surfing

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Australia is known to be one of the top surfing destinations on the planet.

There is a multitude of surf schools and surf shops in Bondi.

They provide rental surfboards and surfing lessons for all age groups.

There are usually many beginners and experienced surfers in the Bondi waters.

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The world’s first surf lifesaving club originated in Bondi Beach in the early 1900s.

The best time to surf in Bondi is during July as the waves are very stable during this month.

The turquoise waters make it an even more spectacular experience.

Surfing forms an important part of Australian culture, and there are about 2.5 million surfers in the country.

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Enjoy Scrumptious Meals at the Best Restaurants

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Bondi has some of the best eateries and restaurants in Australia.

Some of the popular diners in Bondi are Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta, Shuk, Trio Café, The Corner House, Lox Stock & Barrel, Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar, Panama House, North Bondi Fish, and Brown Sugar.

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The best traditional Australian foods to try out are Chicken Parmigiana, Pavlova, Meat Pie, Beetroot Burger, Lamingtons, Barramundi, Grilled Kangaroo, Fantales, Smoked Emu, Tim Tams, Cherry Ripe, Vegemite on Toast, and Fairy Bread.

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Go Swimming in Bondi’s Iconic Icebergs Outdoor Pool

Bondi Icebergs Outdoor Pool

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Icebergs is Bondi’s renowned outdoor pool.

It is also popularly known as an ocean pool or sea pool.

Icebergs is close to a hundred years old and is located by the ocean waters in the southern end of Bondi Beach.

It provides a unique and exhilarating swimming experience and is loved by tourists all over the world.

The magnificent ocean views and the waves breaking into the pool make the experience all the more electrifying.

Aerial view of Icebergs Outdoor Pool

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It’s also the world’s most photographed swimming pool.

The main pool is Olympic-sized and has eight lanes.

They also have a kid’s pool.

If you’re in Bondi and love swimming, you must visit Icebergs for an unforgettable time.

Icebergs also has its own restaurant and bar, which offer fantastic views and delicious food.

People swimming on Icebergs Outdoor Pool

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Explore Bondi’s Weekend Markets

Bondi Weekend Market

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The weekend market is one of the most vibrant and lively places in Bondi.

The Bondi Beach Public School hosts the Farmers’ Market every Saturday and the Bondi Market on Sundays.

Colorful flowers at Bondi’s Weekend Markets


The farmers’ market offers a wide range of Australia’s homegrown, organic, and fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, dairy products, poultry, seafood, flowers, honey, and jams.

This market is hosted to support and celebrate the country’s farmers and local produce.

The Sunday Bondi Market is known for handicrafts, clothing from local designers, food stalls, furniture, home décor, souvenirs, jewelry, accessories, and more.

People buying products at Bondi’s Weekend Markets

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Take the Famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

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Bondi to Coogee is a 6-kilometer (3.7 miles) hiking trail that takes two to three hours to cover one way.

One can take stops in between.

There are a plethora of restaurants and cafes along the way.

The prime attractions on this coastal trail include Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee beaches.

Tourists sometimes take an entire day to complete the walk by stopping for swims on each beach.

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The trek is suitable for all age groups and is a grade 2 track.

It offers stunning views of the ocean throughout the way.

One can spot glimpses of the beautiful humpback whales from this clifftop trail during the winter season.

The track begins from Icebergs pool in Bondi and ends at Coogee Beach.

Other important spots in this trail include Shrine to Virgin Mary, Waverley Cemetery, and an ancient rock engraving site.

The best time to trek here is before the sunset, when the skies turn to beautiful pastel shades of yellow, crimson, and pink.

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Go Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular water sports in Bondi.

There are numerous diving centers on this beach that provide you with a guided diving experience and the requisite rental equipment.

Many visitors complete their PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Certification while in Bondi.

It takes about two to three days for a person to learn to dive.

One gets to see countless colorful fishes and marine life in Bondi’s turquoise waters.

It’s a surreal and unparalleled experience.

Feast Your Eyes on Gorgeous Sunsets

Bondi Beach Sunset

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Spend your evening gazing at nature’s magnificent artwork of crimson, purple, and yellow hues—all in the skies of Bondi.

Grab a beer and enjoy the magical atmosphere on the beach as the sunsets.

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It’s a truly captivating sight.

Sunsets at Bondi are extremely romantic and loved by tourists.

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Spend the Day Sunbathing at the Beach

Sunbathing on Bondi Beach

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Many visitors of Bondi beach spend the whole day sunbathing.

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They come to the beach and doze off for hours on the golden sands or read a book and leave at twilight.

It’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing.

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Check Out Bondi’s Street Art

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Australia is famous for being one of the world’s street art capitals.

Street art is an important part of Australian culture.

The Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall, also known as the sea wall, contains beautiful murals by local street artists and tourists.

Each mural is unique and has a beautiful message or story behind it.

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This wall is maintained by Waverley Council and open to all artists.

The artworks are temporary and keep changing.

This is the most popular graffiti wall in Bondi and is located next to Bondi Skate Park.

There are numerous other similar graffiti walls in the streets of Bondi.

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Explore Bondi’s Clubbing Scene

Bondi has a vibrant and energetic nightlife.

There are countless places to drink, dine, and dance.

Some of the best nightclubs and pubs here are Bondi Junction’s El Topo, Speakeasy Bar, The Beach Road Hotel, Neighbourhood Bondi, The Anchor, Bondi Hardware, and Drift at Ravesi’s hotel.

These pubs offer a wide range of drinks and attract diverse crowds.

Attend the Festival of the Winds

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Australia’s most celebrated kite flying festival at Bondi Beach.

This event is organized in the month of September every year and has been around since 1978.

It attracts a multitude of visitors from all over the globe.

Close to 70,000 people attend this festival annually.

Thousands of people during Festival of the Winds

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Kaleidoscopic and larger-than-life kites fill the Bondi skies.

The kites are of extravagant designs and diverse shapes.

There’s also live music, jugglers, dancers, puppet shows, and food stalls.

It has a very jolly environment and children absolutely love this festival.

It’s definitely one of the most happening events in Australia.

Butterfly kite on Festival of the Winds

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Explore Bondi’s Countless Boutiques

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Shopping can be really fun in Bondi.

There are countless shops and boutiques around the beach.

The popular places to shop in Bondi are Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Wash, Bondi Bather, Camilla, Hall Street, Annex, Gould Street, The Academy Brand, Uashmama, Assembly Label, Bondi Weekend Markets, and Aquabumps.

Try Out Bondi’s Most Famous Gelato

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Gelato Messina is the best loved Gelato store in Bondi.

It offers 40 delicious and creamy gelato flavors.

Thirty-five are permanent flavors, while five are weekly specials.

They make their own chocolate and use the best quality ingredients.

It’s located on Hall Street of Bondi and is usually crowded.

Watch the Sunrise from the Beach

Bondi Beach Sunrise

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Help yourself to an early jog along the beachfront, breathe in the fresh morning air, and watch the sunrise.

The beach is usually deserted in the early mornings and has a tranquil environment.

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It makes you feel rejuvenated and fresh.

People also like to meditate or practice yoga at this time on the beach.

This is an extremely good routine for your mental and physical well-being.

Pop in at Bondi Bowling Club

This lawn bowling club is a local favorite.

They have a restaurant and a bar.

It’s usually a busy place, and the food is pocket-friendly.

They offer free bowling and happy hours on Fridays.

This club also has a pinball machine, a pool table, and table tennis facilities.

Find the Disappearing Mystery Beach

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Mackenzies Bay is a tiny beach located between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.

It’s a rare beach that vanishes and turns into a rocky inlet.

The sands of the beach disappear every seven to 10 years.

Scenic view of Mackenzies Bay

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When the beach exists, it is frequented by many swimmers and surfers.

It’s also a dog-friendly beach.

Go Skateboarding at Bondi Skate Park

Bondi Skate Park

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This world-famous skate park is one of the largest and best in Australia.

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It’s located next to Bondi Beach and has hosted several Bowl-A-Ramas and other major skateboarding competitions.

The view of the beach from this park is beautiful.

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Join in the Festivities at Bondi’s Winter Magic Wonderland

Bondi Winter Magic

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Bondi Winter Magic is an exciting annual winter festival hosted right on the beach.

It involves a plethora of fun-filled activities and entertaining programs, such as ice skating, Ferris wheel rides, comedy shows, theatres, a circus, cabaret, musical performances, and more.

It’s usually a month-long festival and is loved by tourists and locals.

The beach is all the more lively and energetic during this time.

You must stop by here if you’re visiting Bondi in winter.

Visit Aquabumps Art Gallery

This art gallery is located on Curlewis Street, Bondi.

It is Eugene Tan’s art gallery.

He is a surfer-turned-photographer who sells his work under the brand name Aquabumps.

He is a very successful beach photographer, and people are extremely appreciative of his art.

Thousands of tourists drop by this gallery to check out the awe-inspiring pictures.

Traverse the Bondi to Coogee Walk

Experience this famous six-kilometer beachfront stroll in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The trail passes through breathtaking scenery, parks, beaches, cliffs, rock pools, and bays.

Most beaches include picnic spots, kiosks, play areas, bathrooms, and changing rooms.

The Bondi to Coogee beach walk is a moderate-grade urban stroll; however, it includes a steep-angle course and multiple staircases.

Along the shore, there are rest stations with spectacular views and seats.

The walk takes around two hours.

If you opt to continue to Maroubra, it will take an additional 1.5 hours.

Although this is a pleasant walk, it will expose you to the elements, so wear appropriate clothing.

Peruse Various Shops at Bondi Markets

Welcome sign of Bondi Markets

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Bondi Markets alone are worth the trip to the Eastern Suburbs.

The Bondi Markets, which began in 1993, takes place in the vibrant seaside surroundings of Bondi Beach Public School.

Come on down to Australia’s most famous beach market and mingle with the locals.

This market is managed by locals for locals.

It is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind goods, including apparel by emerging designers, handcrafted jewelry, exotic imports, vinyl records, retro-chic furniture, one-of-a-kind vintage objects, homewares, and art.

Learn How to Ride the Waves with Lets Go Surfing

Bondi’s beautiful dunes and sparkling seas continue to captivate visitors from all over the world.

Since 1995, our team of dedicated and experienced Surf Instructors has been transforming lives one wave at a time as Bondi’s only fully licensed surf school on Australia’s most iconic beach.

It is home to Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club, the quirky beach feels cafés and restaurants, urban-style boutiques, and excellent markets.

Check off an iconic Bondi activity by learning to surf with Let’s Go Surfing.

You’ll learn how to catch your first wave during this two-hour surfing session at Australia’s most famous beach!

This is an excellent alternative for anybody visiting Sydney, or if you’ve never tried surfing before, now is the time to do it!

Join the Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours

Australian Aborigines are one of the country’s two distinct Indigenous groups.

One way to understand their culture is through artifacts, which you will see when you join Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours.

Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours is a two-hour walk along Bondi Beach and the headlands.

You’ll see simple Aboriginal rock art engravings of whales, fish, sea turtles, and possibly the first account of a shark attack during the activity.

You will pass along the National Heritage listed Bondi Pavilion, Bondi and North Bondi Surf Clubs, Icebergs building, and pool.

You will also see a graffiti wall, a skate park, and a boat ramp.

Expect a brisk walk.

Final Thoughts

Bondi is a lot more than a world-famous beach.

Of course, sunbathing and water sports are among the top things to do there.

But it’s also home to captivating art, excellent dining, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and exciting festivals.

Make your trip a memorable one and bookmark this list of the best things to do in Bondi!

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