Australia travel diary: Bondi Beach
This post started off as a section of my Sydney travel diary post but we loved Bondi Beach so much that I thought it deserved a post all of its own! There’s such a cool atmosphere in Bondi Beach, it’s a proper seaside town that’s full of surfers and, when we were there, there was a skateboarding festival on the green space just above the beach and we even spotted Tony Hawk!
Here’s what we did in Bondi Beach…
Bondi to Coogee walk
Our first day in Sydney was a scorcher so we decided to do the Bondi Beach to Coogee walk. The coastal walk is about 6km long and starts by the famous Bondi Icebergs Club (you’ll have seen the pool on Instagram) where you can have a dip in the pool or a cocktail on the balcony and enjoy the views of the pool and the beach. The walk takes in various bays along the way and the Waverley Cemetery at Bronte which is full of magnificent Victorian and Edwardian monuments and is challenging in parts with some steep steps – although it’s totally doable in flip flops. The beaches along this walk are just stunning so I’d definitely suggest stopping off at each one for a cooling dip in the sea.
We also stopped off at a bar for drinks overlooking Clovelly Beach which is a small sandy beach with concrete platforms on either side for sunbathers. When we arrived at Coogee Beach we had a late lunch and drinks at the Coogee Pavillion where we are lobster rolls and chicken burgers and drank our holiday drink – gin and lemonade.
Where to eat in Bondi Beach
We absolutely loved the Bavarian Bier Cafe (obviously it’s even better if you love beer!) where we had a couple of drinks outside overlooking the beach and returned for lunch a couple of weeks later. The menu is full of sausage and schnitzel but we for veggie and chicken burgers which were really tasty.
We had a delicious brunch of smashed avacado (what else?!) and great coffee at Bills and we also stopped for a coffee at the Lamrock Cafe on the main strip on our last day in Bondi Beach. If there’s one thing that Australians do well, it’s coffee! On our last night we were exhausted from all our exploring so got a takeaway pizza from Gelbison Pizzeria. The pizzas here are stone baked and delicious and they have lots of different toppings to choose from. You can also eat in the restaurant and it was really busy while we were there and there was a great buzz about the place.
Where to stay in Bondi Beach
On our return to Bondi Beach we chose to stay in a hostel again as it worked out so much cheaper than alternative hotels and we still managed to get a private en-suite double room. We stayed at The Village Bondi Beach which is a proper backpacker hostel. The girl on reception was super friendly and even gave us extra towels, plus it was really quiet at night time and we had no trouble getting to sleep. Our room was small and basic but perfect for what we wanted and in a really central location, just around the corner from the beach.
Top tips for Bondi Beach
– Grab your friends and have a volleyball match or a BBQ on one of the beaches – the facilities are there for everyone to use.
– You can swim in the Icebergs Club swimming pool all year round, so you won’t miss out even if you visit Bondi in the winter.
– There are public showers and toilets on the beach so, if you’ve been wild camping or sleeping in a camper van nearby, you can freshen up here.
– Bondi is a bus ride away from central Sydney and all the sights so even if you choose to stay here, you won’t be out of the action.