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7 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Week in Bondi

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Sometimes you need to give your sofa a break
Daylight saving is long gone, you've broken two umbrellas in the recent storms and you haven't taken your Ugg boots off for the past fortnight. Winter-itis has set in, and like a hibernating bear, you've decided to stay indoors until spring.

Thankfully there are some fabulous things that you can do around Bondi that will get you out of hibernation, warm you up and put a smile back on your face.

Cosy up with an old book and a 'lullaby nightcap' (warm, malted milk with honey, nutmeg and cinnamon) at Gertrude and Alice cafe/bookstore.

Where: 46 Hall St, Bondi Beach
Open until around 8.30pm, check the Gertrude and Alice website for more information.

Gertrude and Alice Bondi
A cosy corner at Gertrude and Alice cafe


Warm your vocal chords at Bondi Sings. Open to anyone who likes to sing, they describe themselves as 'a warm, friendly choir who sing a huge range of music'.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Where: WAYS, 63 Wairoa Avenue, North Bondi
Go to the Bondi Sings Facebook page for more information.

Bondi choir
Warm your vocal chords at Bondi Sings. Image source: Flickr - Don McCullough

Work up a sweat in neon and leg warmers at Retro Sweat, an authentic '80s aerobics workout. No matter what the temperature is outside, you will not leave this workout with a chill!

Where: The Seagull Room, Bondi Pavilion
Check the Retro Sweat website for more information (including outfit inspiration).

Retro Sweat Bondi
Dig out your best neon and lycra for Retro Sweat. Source: Flickr - Aimee Ray

Early morning whale watching along the Bondi to Bronte walk.

Whale watching season typically begins in early May and finishes in December, so now is a great time to keep your eye out for these majestic creatures. It's always exciting when walking along the Bondi to Bronte walk to see a cluster of people pointing seaward and realise that you've arrived just at the right time to enjoy the show.

Where: Various points along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk for those lucky enough to pick the right day
Head to What's New Bondi for more information.

Whale breaching
Whale breaching. Image source: Wikipedia

Shake your booty to live musicians playing Latin jams at Bondi Rumba. You can also warm your insides with cocktail specials.

139 Glenayr Ave, Bondi
Visit the Bondi Rumba website for more information.

Bondi Rumba musicians
Live Latin music at Bondi Rumba

Chill out in the winter sunshine in the chai tent at Bondi Farmers Markets.

Where: Bondi Beach Public School
Check out the Bondi Farmers Market website for more information.

Bondi Farmers Market chai tent
Enjoying a warm chai tea at the Bondi Farmers Market


You'll be so exhausted from your week of winter fun that you won't want to face cooking at home, so enjoy a juicy roast dinner at The Bucket List or The Hill Eatery.

The Bucket List - Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi ($25 roast that includes a mouth-watering 12 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder served with roast pumpkin, baby kipfler potatoes and winter greens, salsa verde and gravy).

The Hill Eatery - 5/39-53 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Go to The Hill Eatery or The Bucket List websites for more info.

Sunday roast Bucket List Bondi
Sunday roast of the week at The Bucket List Bondi

Other things to do in Bondi this winter:

The Bondi Winter Magic festival kicks off in June and includes ice skating at Australia's only beach side ice rink. Other festival events include 'Art on the streets' and 'Music on the streets'.

Go to the Bondi Winter Magic website for dates and more information about Bondi winter fun.
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Why? Because life is too short to spend every winter inside watching Seinfeld re-runs
When: Winter
Where: Various cosy spots around Bondi
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