Don't miss Sydney's most colourful spring festival
The current craze at my household is paper aeroplanes or anything that flies. So the next craft session will probably be making kites which leads me to an amazing event, Festival of the Winds which is held every year at Bondi Beach. This year it will be held on Sunday 14 September, 2014, 11am-4pm, Bondi Park, Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion.
Festival of Winds at Bondi Beach
The Festival of the Winds is where Bondi Beach hosts an amazing variety, shapes and sizes of kites ranging from flower kites, fighter kites, box, delta and giant animal kites. Each year there has been a spectacular assortment, one year was the giant octopus with all its tentacles flying in the wind, a giant humpback whale, an inflatable car, crocodile, teddybear and many more.
Giant animal kites
A great day to head out to the Bondi and let the kids look to the skies and be entertained. There is also lots of family friendly entertainment which includes 'how to make a kite' workshop, dance workshops where drumbeats got my kids dancing, art exhibitions, roaming entertainers – the juggler was good value and food stalls aplenty (I couldn't go past a bratwurst roll, great brunch snack). There are also fairground rides to keep the kids amused.
Bondi Beach Pavillion, art exhibition
The pro kite flyers show their skill and experience at 11am as part of the competition with the winners announced at 3pm. It's a fantastic day out especially when the kids got to go home with their homemade diamond kite.
It never ceases to amaze me that each year the winds appear for this festival. There will be a few kites around on the Saturday, the day before the event as the festival is being set up. I do remember one year and the day before the festival it was a still day, no wind at all but winds came on the Sunday and all the kites were out in force decorating the skyline.
If catching public transport, catch the trains to Bondi Junction from Central station and catch the 333, 380 or 381 bus from Bondi Junction to the beach. These buses also run directly from Circular Quay. Good news is that there are additional public transport buses have been organised for the day.
Parking along the beachfront is nonexistent unless you get there early so I recommend the parking stations for young families which will mean a painless arrival to the event. There are ramps and a concrete walkway for an easy walk along the beach. The walkway does get a little busy with the joggers, beachgoers, tourists but it is easy to navigate through.
Public toilet facilities can be found on the ground floor at Beach Pavilion and a well kept secret is there are toilets upstairs as well.
Bondi Beach walkway
The area where the kites are being flown or resting on the sand is cordoned off but there is plenty of space on the beach to sit on the warm sand and be mesmerised by the alien flying amongst the blue sky.
The happy chatter of what animals are in the sky is enough to put a smile on my face, definitely recommend you go check it out yourselves.