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Published May 27th 2012
Famous, trendy, gorgeous water, great surf, quirky in parts, interesting people, super busy in summer and cool and casual in winter. That just about sums up my impressions of Bondi when I recently visited for the first time. Bondi is its own hub and has its own vibe.
Much has been written about Bondi and its surrounds as it does have a lot to offer. The great coastal work from Bondi to Coogee allows you to explore the different aspects and textures of the coast line and all on foot and all at your own leisure. You are just not sure what you might see around the next corner.
Great little informative PDF brochure on this walk, with maps can be found here.
The walk takes you to all the special spots, Tamarama Beach and Clovelly Bay (where the swimming area has concrete platforms on either side making it channel like and great for swimming without having to battle with large waves).
Close to here you will find steps that lead into deep water beach. You also pass Bronte Beach and the Waverley Cemetery, which is amazing to see as this cemetery is built into this dramatic coastline with spectacular views.
Start at either end, however we found Coogee was a good place to start making Bondi the destination. You can then spend time looking around Icebergs and the Bondi Pavillion area or 'hang out' around the area and watch how people are 'living their life' on this famous beach.
Plenty of cafes along the waterfront, however if you walk up Warners Avenue up to where it meets Glenayr Avenue, you will find many more cafes here that appear to be more frequented by the locals and are absolutely 'buzzing' on the weekends.
Getting around the rest of Bondi, in general is easy as several buses run along the waterfront and you only need to stand on the side of the road in the direction you would like to go. You can travel by bus back along Oxford Street where you will then end up at Bondi Junction. From here, you can transit to anywhere you would like to go by either train or bus.
From Bondi transit Junction, just walk out and around the corner to reach the mall area, another local shopping and restaurant hub. The junction is an excellent place to stay if you want access to all modes of transport with Central Station just 4-5 stops away or approximately 12 minute express bus ride to Surrey Hills and around 15 minutes to Hyde Park in the city.
The Meriton Apartments are conveniently located right above the junction and the rooms are fabulous. Other accommodation options are also available and can be found through the general search process.