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Bondi Beach - 8kms south east of Sydney and within 1km is Bondi Park.

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One of Australia’s best known and most recognised beaches –

No need to bring a thing for a day out to Bondi – there’s food and drink aplenty, surf shops and accommodation from backpackers to top of the line. Easily accessible with Public Transport – or drive yourself – mostly paid and timed parking, however the end of the Ben Buckler Peninsula does offer free parking.

Please note this is an Alcohol Free Zone.

This Beach is named from the Aboriginal word “Boondi” which means – “water breaking over rocks” and in 1851 the area that covers the beach frontage was known as “ The Bondi Estate” and was brought by E S Hall & F O’Brien. In 1877 F O’Brien solely owned the area and renamed it the “O’Brien Estate” as well as making the beach and its surrounding land available to the general public for use as a picnic ground and amusement zone. Due to its overwhelming popularity Mr O’Brien tried to stop public access to this area and the Government intervened and as a result Bondi Beach became a public beach on June 9th 1882.

Bondi also saw controversy regarding swimming costumes and there was in place between 1935 and 1961 a Local Government Act decreeing what was deemed as decent and this was managed by Beach Inspectors who were able to escort persons off the beach whom they believed were inappropriately dressed. In 1961 the law was amended to note bathers be – “clad in a proper and adequate bathing costume.” As time went on this also changed to there now being topless bathing on the beach.

Bondi Beach is both the birthplace of the world’s 1st Surf Lifesaving Club and it was established in 1907 as well as home to the Bondi Icebergs which began in 1929 as a means for local lifesavers to maintain their fitness levels during the winter months.

Bondi Beach also receives recognition for:-

  1. Finishing point for the annually held City to Surf Fun Run
  2. Annually held Flickerfest
  3. World Environment Day
  4. Sculpture By The Sea
  5. Hosting the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics Beach Volley Ball Competition

Things to do:-

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Surfing

Things to be aware of:-

Things offered:-

  • B.B.Q.'s
  • Bondi Pavilion
  • Change Rooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Kiosk
  • Park
  • Parking
  • Patrolled
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pool
  • Public Phone
  • Shops
  • Showers
  • Skate Park
  • Toilets

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