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One of Australia’s most famous beaches

The closest ocean beach to central Sydney, the famous Bondi Beach is a kilometer long arch of sand that has become the cultural centre of the suburb in which its sits. It is one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions.

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Sydney city’s closest surf beach 

Just 7 kilometers from the centre of Sydney the beach is estimated to be visited by around 5 million people each year, including half of all international visitors to the city. Express buses run from the city centre directly to the beach.

The beach has been a place for family picnics going right back to the mid 1800s and a tram line was built from the city directly to the beach in 1884. It is estimated that the beach was being used by 60,000 people each day of a summer weekend by 1929.  The opening of the pavilion at the beach was attended by 200,000 people.

The Bondi Icebergs pool at the end of the beach

A part of Australia’s cultural history

The beach has played a significant part in Sydney’s and Australia’s cultural history. Its popularity played a major part in the relaxation on the prohibition of daylight ocean swimming.

Ocean swimming, including at this beach, was not without its dangers and as a result the world first life saving club was established there in 1907. The Australian love for ocean swimming and the familiar beach life guards can now be seen in every state in Australia.

Very popular beach but not without its dangers 

The headland at the southern end of the beach. 

The headland provides great views of the beach itself, as well as being the starting point for the 3 kilometer coastal walk between Bondi and Bronte Beach in the south.

Contrary to first appearances, the southern end of the beach has potentially dangerous currents for swimmers and it is strongly advised to swim between the flags set out by the beach life guards.  The beach is patrolled during several months of the year and details can be found on the Life Saving Australia website.