No international airfare required. Pull out your pen and move Bondi to the top of your affordable bucket list now.
I’m no stranger to Sydney, usually visiting family there each year. However, I’m ashamed to say I have never been to Bondi. Until recently, that is.
An avid watcher of Bondi Rescue, and passionate instagram user, I’ve seen the iconic beach numerous times on a screen, usually accompanied by shots of the Icebergs pool or the Bondi-to-Bronte walk. But there’s only so much that armchair travelling can reveal before you realise you’ve just got to get off the couch and on the plane.
Bondi is high on many people’s bucket lists and as Australians we’re lucky enough to have it in our own backyard. So what makes it bucket-list-worthy?
Firstly, the iconic beach deserves its reputation. Not only is it every bit as pristine and beautiful in person, the water is warmer than you would expect – a pleasant surprise when you’re from Melbourne!
Happily, visiting Bondi doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Only 30 minutes from the city, Sydney has an extremely efficient airport train to the CBD, from which you can catch a train and bus to the beachside suburb. Once you arrive, you won’t need to travel far for food or fun, with an abundance of cafes and restaurants on your doorstep and South and North Bondi both within walking distance.
The famous Bondi to Bronte (and back) walk takes in spectacular views of some of Sydney’s finest beaches and coastlines. Make like a local and walk or run the coastal path along the cliffs in the morning to earn your breakfast or coffee. If you plan your trip for a weekend you can also enjoy the farmers market each Saturday and clothing market on Sundays at Bondi Beach Public School.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Bondi break is soaking up the culture and laid-back attitude of the locals. A surfing town at heart, this is one suburb where shoes are definitely optional. And, unlike most big cities, the shopkeepers are keen for a chat and happy to help with directions or suggestions for dinner and drinks.
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