Bondi - Australia’s most famous beach is a sight to behold. A perfect golden sand bay with rocky cliffs on both ends, the iconic Bondi Pavillion taking centre stage and Bondi Icebergs rockpool overlooking the surf, this truly photogenic beach is also its busiest. Bondi is the closest beach to the city and for this reason sees quite an influx of tourists and day-trippers during Summer months. Who can blame them, there is never a dull moment in Bondi whether you are hitting the waves, swimming at one of the ocean pools or just working on your tan on your little slice of the beach.
Swimming in Bondi
Bondi is patrolled by lifeguards as seen in the hit series Bondi Rescue. If you have watched the series you will know that you should always take care in the ocean. There is usually a flagged swimming area and you should swim there if the surf gets big.
The Backpackers Express
Rips are quite strong at Bondi since it is exposed to the much of the Southerly swell. At the Southern end of Bondi is the ‘The Backpackers Express’, jokingly named because it has the ability to sweep up tourists and transport them out to the back in a flash.
Bondi Rock Pools
The iconic Bondi Baths at the Southern corner has an ocean pool overlooking the surf. The Bondi Icebergs pool is a 50m lap pool with an adjacent kids pool. One of Australia’s most photographed locations, people come to the pool as much for a photo poolside as they do for a swim. All this beauty comes with a price however, there are entry fees to the pool and sauna. In the Northern end of Bondi in front of Biddigal reserve there are 2 rock pools catering to children. The mermaid pool is a beautiful mosaic tiled pool set into the rocks which is shallow enough for kids. On higher tides, there is a natural rock pool which forms next to it, and if you are lucky you may see some sea life.
The Bondi Icebergs
Bondi is also home to the Bondi Icebergs swim club. So named because its members are required to complete 75 swims which take place in Winter months. If you are a masochist or simply love the challenge check out their website.