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Bondi Winter Magic 2016

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Take the chill out of winter and spend time at Bondi
Bondi Beach is once again set to sparkle this winter with its ice rink, festival of art, music on the street, beach camel rides, United Nations World Yoga Day and history walking tours!

Bondi Winter Magic is a six-week festival that runs from Sunday the 19th of June and concludes on Sunday the 31st of July.

Take the kids to Bondi's Winter Magic 2016. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

This magnificent festival brings together artists, musicians and yoga lovers for a magical winter spectacle, all set alongside Australia's only beachside ice rink. Bondi Winter Magic is a joint initiative of Waverley Council and the Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce.

For the first time ever this year, camel rides will also be held on Bondi Beach on weekends from the 19th of June and offer residents and visitors alike a rare experience to enjoy the view from a completely different perspective. Be the first to experience the thrill of the ships of the desert over the iconic sands of Bondi.

See the sights of Bondi Beach from a camel. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

The 15 minute rides will be led by their expert cameleer, Rod Sansom. Rod has owned and trained camels for over 25 years at his ranch near Newcastle.

Take at camel ride for the first time at Bondi Beach. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

When: Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm

Where: Purchase tickets at the beach on the day.

Cost: Adults (14yrs ) $25, Children $20

Also starting on the 19th of June will be the United Nations World Yoga Day where you can discover the many benefits of yoga and join the worldwide celebrations at Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion. The day will start with an Aboriginal Welcome to Country and ceremony followed by a community Salute to the Sun, where you are invited to join a free yoga class on the iconic sands of Bondi Beach as the sun rises over the ocean.

Relax on the beach at Bondi by geeting into some Yoga. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

Then you could head to the Bondi Pavilion afterwards for the full day event featuring a variety of yoga classes, meditation, panel talks, acro yoga, cultural music and dance, as well as family friendly kids' yoga and activities. Explore the colourful marketplace where you can browse yoga related products, get a bite to eat and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe.

Join in with the mass for a day of Yoga at Bondi. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

When: Sunday 19 June, 6:30am to 6pm

Where: Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion.

Cost: Free

The Bondi ice rink is back again and will run for two weeks from the 1st to the 17th of July. This is a much-loved highlight of Sydney in winter, the ice rink is the largest outdoor beachside ice rink in the Southern Hemisphere.

Get a selfy at Bondi on the Ice Rink. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

With dimensions 30mx35m, the rink provides room for beginners and experienced skaters alike. With the crowds gone and the winter sun setting across the bay, don't miss the rare chance to glide across an ice rink in this visually spectacular setting alongside Australia's most iconic beachfront.

When: Skating sessions start on the hour and each skating session is 45 mins. Skating Lessons Monday to Friday at 9am-10am (arrive by 8.45am)

Costs: Tickets price: $10-$22

Spectacular ice shows by Stars On Ice skating champions every Saturday and Sunday at 5.45pm and

Art on the Street provides the opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit their work outdoors in Bondi's Roscoe Street Mall.

Pick up a piece of artwork for your home or office. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

Visitors will have the chance to pick up original pieces from over 30 artists and photographers for as little as $30. Visitors will be encouraged to contribute their own artistry on the day by filling the surrounding streets with chalk art.

Let your inner artist go free at Bondi. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

When: Sunday July 10, 10am - 3pm Roscoe Street Mall

Where: Roscoe Street Mall

Cost: Free

Music on the Street will run for most of the day on Sunday the 31st of July. You can cruise, jive or tap-dance around Bondi to the sound of buskers of every genre, on every street corner, doorway and lane playing their hearts out for charity.

Chill out while listening to the sounds of Bondi. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

Where: Around Bondi

Cost: Free

Bondi History Walks are held on Sundays throughout July as part of the Bondi Winter Magic program. You will be able to discover Bondi's bohemian past on these fascinating guided walking tours around the hidden gems of Bondi Beach. Led by local historian Sophia Smiley and 'Mr Bondi' himself, long-term resident Lawrie Williams, the walks are guaranteed to intrigue and delight. Meet up at 9:45am for a 10am start. The walks are approximately 2 hours long.

Learn more about Bondi's history by taking a walk. Image courtesy of Waverley Council.

When: Sundays throughout July 3, 10, 17 and 24

Where: Starting point will be revealed on booking.

Cost: Free, but make sure you book ahead.

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts said the festival was one of Waverley's most popular initiatives. "It is further proof that Bondi is fast becoming one of Sydney's much-loved winter, as well as summer, destinations," she said. "We look forward to welcoming lovers of art, music and ice skating back to Bondi. And of course the school holidays coincide with the festival so we hope to see many families."

Bondi Beach's iconic ocean views will be the backdrop to a spectacular festival of art, music, ice-skating and beach camel rides this winter as Australia's favourite beachside suburb transforms into a winter playground.

As well as enjoying the highlights of the festival, visitors can take the opportunity to discover Bondi's many hidden treasures including a wealth of "special offers" from local cafes, restaurants and bars.

Click here for more information on the Bondi Winter Magic 2016, plus many more events that are coming up.
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