I have a love/hate relationship with Bondi, hailing as a girl from the north I like to believe my side to be the superior destination. However, Bondi is an iconic Sydney beach with plenty to provide as far as entertainment and festivals. This year Bondi Winter Magic is back for its 10th year anniversary from June 28 - July 28. There is an enticing array of activities to partake of that may just lure the most loyal of north siders to this eastern suburb.
Strap on your skates at the ice rink. Photo courtesy of the event Facebook page.
Bondi Ice Rink will take over the forecourt of Bondi Pavilion, juxtaposing the beach views, and will be open 10am - 9pm daily from June 28th - July 21st. For those who channel Bambi on ice with their skating skills, there will be lessons held on Saturday mornings at 9am for $29. These hour-long lessons are followed by a free public session at 10am. Be dazzled by ice shows on Saturdays at 5:45pm and be enthralled by the ice hockey matches on Sundays at 5:45pm. Under 5 skaters cost $12, those 5 - 13 years, $18, and for the adults, it's $22. If you miss out on skating lessons or still need that bit of extra assistance, penguin hire is $8. Tickets on sale soon at Bondi Winter Magic.
Bondi Vista will be erected at the festival - a 22m ferris wheel which will offer you aerial views of the ice, the sea and to the city beyond. Tickets are $8 per person with those under 2, free. The wheel will be in town for the duration of the festival. Secure your tickets for your birds eye view of Bondi online soon here, or purchase tickets, if available, onsite.
Take in the views on the Ferris Wheel. Photo courtesy of the Facebook event page.
On Sundays, throughout the festival, step back in time with Waverely Council's Bondi History Walk. Discover the glory and untold stories of this prominent suburb.
Back down on solid ground, on Sunday 14th of July at 9am, is the Art Trail. Emerging artists will showcase their work in Roscoe Street mall and shoppers have the opportunity to nab a bargain. Soak up the inspiration of the artists, grab a stick of chalk, and contribute to the street art on the day. Visitors will be encouraged to flex their creativity on the streets, transforming suburban sidewalks into open-air galleries and giving literal meaning to the title: Art Trail.
The Bondi Winter Magic festival just gets better as the days roll on as from the 9th - 20th of July, you will discover Bondi Feast, described as a showcase of comedy, theatre, cabaret and circus, celebrating homegrown theatre. Artists from Australia and New Zealand will enrapture the crowds with over 40 shows, from over 200 artists, held over 10 nights. Feast your eyes and your soul with tickets starting at $15. You can find more information on the event at Bondi Feast website.
On Sunday, July 28, from 11am, Music On The Streets will wrap up the festivities in joyous fashion. Ordinary sidewalks and laneways will be transformed, Block Party style, into a musical hub of amateur and professional performances. You will find music on Gould Street, Hall Street and Campbell Parade that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping in time.
More information and tickets will be released soon at Bondi Winter Magic. For updates and sneak peeks follow the progress on their Facebook page. Bondi has plenty of public transport options for those who prefer not to drive. Plan your trip here.