A Guide To Bondi Beach – How to Get There and What To Do

Whether you’re a Sydney local or a tourist, Bondi Beach is a captivating destination and is known to be more than just an idyllic seaside area. This iconic beach and the surrounding areas are home to a variety of different activities and events that the whole family can appreciate. Whether you’re travelling alone, with a loved one or the whole family, there’s always something to do at Bondi Beach.

But first you need to know how to get there.

How to get to Bondi Beach

Sydney is a wonderful city, and because there are a number of different transport options, the safest bet is to actually leave the car at home or at your hotel. Parking can often be quite problematic, so even if public transport is running late or slow, you’re going to find this to be a smaller headache than having to find an appropriate car space (not to mention the associated fees you might incur).


If you’re travelling from the city to Bondi Beach, the bus often runs from Circular Quay and will take approximately 45 minutes. This bus is usually the 380 or 333 bus, and is close to ferry wharf number 2 (opposite the AMP buildings and Customs House).


If you prefer to catch the train, the stops from Central Station run through Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Kings Cross, Edgecliff and then Bondi Junction. From Bondi Junction station, you can then catch the 380, 381, 382 or 333 bus which will take you to Bondi Beach.


Although it may not be a traditional method of transport in and around Sydney, biking may be a great option for those looking for a physical activity to take them where they need to go. And you’ll get to see some great Sydney sights along the way. There are a number of different routes and roads to choose to get from the city to Bondi Beach, so check out a map and take a look to see if you can find a route that suits you best.

Things to do

Like in all countries, the weather is often going to play a big part in what activities you’re going to take part in. No matter what the weather is doing, there’s always going to be a great number of things to do at Bondi Beach to satisfy you.

What to do when the sun is out

  • Go swimming
    It may seem obvious, but one of the best things to do when visiting Bondi Beach is to take a swim at this famous location. Always be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags and follow the instructions of the lifeguards on duty. That way, you can ensure you will have a fun yet safe time in the surf.
  • Go surfing
    Whether you are a seasoned professional or just want to get started, surfing is a great Australian pastime that should definitely be tried out at Bondi Beach. You may want to consider bodyboarding if you have never surfed before (or don’t feel very confident in trying), or you can try surfing by trying out surfing lessons held on the beach.
  • Sunbathing
    Sunbathing is a great way to relax, enjoy the beach and soak in the sun’s rays. However, as the sun can be quite harsh in Australia it’s always advised to use as much sunscreen protection as possible and cover up where necessary. Never go out of your way to get sunburned, as this puts you at greater risk of skin cancers. But, with the right sun protection, you can still enjoy a relaxing session in the sun.
  • Take a walk
    It may seem like a silly suggestion, but it’s actually a great way to get oriented at this location, see the sights and see what the area has to offer. Whether it’s along the beach or along the main strip beside the beach, you’ll be able to see what can be discovered at Bondi Beach, simply by taking a walk. It might take around half an hour to get acquainted with the general area, so you’ll then have a better idea of how you will want to spend your day at Bondi.

What to do when it’s raining

  • Go shopping
    There are plenty of retail stores, souvenir shops and outlets all around Bondi where you can spend the day shopping. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lover of clothing, fine arts or designer wears, there are going to be retailers here that will impress you. The main shopping area is in Hall Street, where you will find discount stores, bookstores and the like. Bondi Junction is home to larger retail stores, while Bondi Road is the main strip where all of the stores line the main road.
  • Dine out
    There are many different types of eateries in and around Bondi Beach. Whether you want to eat a gourmet meal with select wines or whether you’re looking for a classic pub meal, it can be found at Bondi Beach. There are 102 cafes, take-aways and restaurants close to Bondi Beach. However, there’s another 17 at North Bondi and yet another 43 along Bondi Road, with over 100 more at Bondi Junction. Saying you can’t find something to eat here would be unheard of!

A great day out at Bondi Beach – rain, hail or shine!

It doesn’t matter what interests you, spending the day at Bondi Beach is going to be a great day out for all. It also doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, as you’re sure to find an activity that’s going to interest you. Take a trip to Bondi Beach using public transport if possible, and whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, spend a day (or two!) catching a few waves, enjoying the sun or eating at one of the many eateries around Bondi Beach and beyond.


17th January 2017



Andrew Cook