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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
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Published January 5th 2014
Drenched in big history, big waves and big sunshine
A must see for all Sydney siders or visitors to Sydney. Bondi, the Aboriginal meaning for water breaking over rocks which is exactly what you see when standing up on the headland looking down at the glorious blue water splashing about.

Having a colourful Australian history, Bondi Beach became a public beach in 1882 followed by Black Sunday in 1938 when large waves claimed lives and injured hundreds. Stretching for 1km Bondi Beach has long stood up to public scrutiny. Throughout the 1900's it was the public catwalk for standout fashion trends becoming a forum to fight indecent beach attire. More recently the danger of those breaking waves has been the focal point of a new television show Bondi Rescue bringing awareness to many viewers about the hazards of swimming in the surf without proper understanding of how to survive in the rough waters.

Today, Bondi Beach is showcased as a beautiful Sydney icon as the end point of the 14km fun run, City to Surf and as the stunning backdrop in the annual art exhibition Sculptures By The Sea. Pods of whales and dolphins have often been seen whilst migrating north, many tourists languish the day away relaxing on the golden sands and families enjoy frolicking as the waves collapse onto the shore. There are many cafes on the roadside, a skatepark for skateboarding enthusiasts, large grasslands perfect for picnicking, and Icebergs Swimming Club for a cool beverage looking out at the amazing view .
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Why? A beautiful beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs
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Where: Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
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