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Best Things to do in Bondi

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 6th 2013
A guide to the best bars, restaurants, and sights in Bondi
1. Where is Bondi?

Bondi in the broadest sense includes the suburb itself, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, and North Bondi. It is around 7 kilometres east of the CBD and is part of Waverley Council.

2. What is the history of Bondi?

Waverley House was the first house built in the area in 1827, and residential areas developed quickly. Due to it's location near the coast, and position in the tram network, Bondi became a centre for pubs and restaurants. The nature and boundaries of Bondi have changed many times since, and it is now a thriving centre of commerce, retail, and tourism.

3. Who lives there?

According to the ABS, about 1 in 3 residents in Bondi overall are married, and many are in their 30s.

4. Are there sporting facilities?

Bondi is well known for rugby clubs, lifesaving, and other ocean sports. There is a spectacular coastal walk along the cliffs, and the beach is iconic.

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach. Credits www.waverley.nsw.gov.au


5. What are the restaurants like?

There is a huge selection of cuisine and options for dining out in Bondi. Three reasonably priced and high quality cafes and restaurants are outlined here.

Kam Fook is a seafood restaurant at 100 Oxford Street Bondi Junction. Enquiries: (02) 9386 9889, booking@kamfook.com.au

Bondi Social is a restaurant and bar at Level 1, 38 Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach. Enquiries: (02) 9365 1788, info@bondisocial.com

34 Degrees South is at 34A Campbell Parade. They serve mains between $15 and $30, and support the local live music scene. Enquiries: (02) 9300 9888, info@34degreesouth.com.au

6. Are there any good pubs?

There are many pubs and bars in Bondi, due to the many tourists and backpackers. The Royal has a pub, restaurant, bottle shop, and accommodation. They are located at 283 Bondi Road in Bondi. Enquiries: (02) 9130 5276, rosanna@royalhotelbondi.com.au

7. What are the houses like?

Over three-quarters of properties in Bondi are apartments.

8. Is it expensive to live there?

Only 1 in 5 residents own their property, and about 1 in 5 residents earn an income of over $150,000 to support an idyllic lifestyle by the beach.

9. How do I get there?

There is a train to Bondi Junction, and a wide range of bus services through the area. If you drive, finding a park on a weekend can be difficult near the beach.

10. Any other important information about Bondi?

Bondi Beach is the scene for numerous TV shows and movies. Other nearby beaches such as Tamarama and Bronte are also scenic and popular.
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