There's more to Bondi Beach than just food, drinks, and swimming. Locals affectionately refer to the area as the 'Bondi Bubble' because they never seem to leave. And who can blame them? Highlights include local markets, public art, a plethora of yoga studios and a golf course perched on a cliff edge overlooking the ocean.
Bondi Beach Sea Wall
The Bondi Beach Sea Wall has been decorated by artists for almost 40 years and is update every 6 months. Spanning the majority of the 1km foreshore the wall ranges from the eye-catching to the outright provocative. It's not uncommon for famous artists' work to be painted on the wall, or for those featured to rise to prominence.
Two murals, “The Girl with a Frangipani in Her Hair” (dedicated to local girl, Chloe Byron, who lost her life in the 2002 Bali bombing) and the Anzac commemorative mural are the only permanent fixtures.
Bondi To Bronte Coastal Walk
A stunning costal walking path links Bondi to the beach-side suburb of Bronte, passing by the surf beach at Tamarama on the way. The walk takes about 45 minutes over the 1.5km path from South Bondi to North Bronte and is best commences from just past Icebergs pool. A map of the walk can be found at the local council's website here.
In March, Bondi's Sculptures By The Sea exhibition captivates thousands of visitors with weird and wonderful pieces of art lining the walk. This is definitely one for your Instagram feed.
Visit the Bondi Markets
Bondi Beach has two local weekend markets which are well worth visiting. They are both held at the Bondi Beach Public School which is just behind the foreshore. The first, held every Saturday, is the farmers markets where local producers sell fresh food and is a great way to start the weekend. Here you will find fresh meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers and much more. With new market stalls popping up regularly there's always something delicious to capture your attention. On Sundays, you will find the Bondi Markets with clothes, furniture, homewares, vinyl records and other treasures to be found.
Bondi Golf and Diggers Club
This 9 hole golf course isn't going to host the next Australian PGA Championship event anytime soon, but it is a lot of fun. With lots of par-3 holes the walk is short and with the course perched on the Bondi cliffside there aren't many courses in Australia with better views. Nine holes on a weekend costs $23 or $15 on weekdays.
After a game of golf the clubhouse serves simple food and cold drinks. You can view their menu here.
Bondi Beach has some of Sydney's best shops and you will have no trouble spending money on great clothes, art, or furniture here.
Our top pick for a souvenir to hang on your wall at home can be found at Aquabumps. What began as a humble surfer taking pictures of the morning waves has grown into truly breath taking art. These exquisite photos captured under water or impressive aerials from the side of a helicopter are now synonymous with the outdoor Bondi lifestyle. Buying an Aquabumps print allows you to take a piece of Bondi home with you. We recommend heading straight to photographer Eugene Tan’s “favourites” for his hand picked selection of truly knock-out pics.
If it is high fashion you are looking for, look no further than Camilla Boutique. Walking into the doors of a Camilla Boutique is always a visual feast – bright silk prints and vibrant colours, her pieces take resort wear to the next level. A Camilla Kaftan is a quintessential purchase to stay glam under the Bondi sun, but beware – they may also burn a hole in your pocket!
Bondi Bowling Club
The Bondi Bowling Club is a great place to go with friends for a drink and a casual game of lawn bowls. It may sound old fashioned but this is one the most popular spots on a weekend for 20-30 year old locals. Set in a century old clubhouse tucked away from most of Bondi's attractions this is a great way to spend your afternoon.
Always wanted to learn to surf? There's no where better to start than at Bondi. A two hour lesson costs less than $100 and whilst you may not be look like Kelly Slater by the end of it you will have briefly stood up whilst catching a wave and had a great time! Let's Go Surfing started in the back of a Kombi Van in 1995 but has since grown to be a much loved fixture down at Bondi Beach.
Take the path less traveled
Whilst the Bondi To Bronte Coastal Walk attracts millions of visitors every year, many people aren't aware that there is another easily accessible, stunning walk that leads from Bondi Beach. The Federation Cliff Walk is a 7km path that leads from Bondi Beach to Watson's Bay past some of the most spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. For detailed instructions on the walk follow the instructions
Picnic on the grassy knoll
Located at the northern end of the beach a grassy hill overlooking the beach - the grassy knoll - is Sydney's best sand-free sunbathing spot. The people watching is second to none with the knoll the go-to for Bondi's beautiful people. Speedo's cafe is located at the knoll to enable you to grab a bite to eat or something to drink or pop in to the North Bondi RSL if you're after something more substantial.