Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Australia and for good reason. Located in the suburb of Bondi in Waverley, just 7km from Sydney's city centre, the beach is a haven for locals and holiday goers alike. Roughly translating to an Aboriginal word meaning 'sound of breaking waves', Bondi Beach is home to a number of Aboriginal rock carvings in Ben Buckler to the north and McKenzies Beach on the coastal walk in the south.
Approximately 1km long, Bondi's width ranges from 50m in the north all the way to 100m in the south and is Sydney's widest beach. A shark net has been laid approximately 150m off the beach and is set to a depth of 8m however there have been no shark problems for centuries. Water temperatures range of 21 degrees Celsius in summer to 16 degrees Celsius in spring.
Bondi Beach is patrolled by life guards who set out red and yellow flags to show which areas are safe for swimming depending on the surf conditions. The northern end offers the best swimming while surfers and board riders prefer the southern end. Board riders are not permitted to enter areas designated for swimming and the lifeguards who patrol the beach ensure a safe environment for all. There are also two surf lifesaving clubs located on the beach including the Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club and the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club. Here you can enjoy drinks, meals, entertainment and gambling slot machines.
The Bondi Baths are located to the south and are more than 100 years old. Used by the famous 'Icebergs' for years, they are open to the public. In the north, the Wading Pool and Wally Weekes Pool are also quite popular with children and families on holidays. The coastal walk runs along the cliffs of Bondi Beach all the way to Bronte Beach and offers spectacular views from the entire 3.4km stretch.
The Bondi Pavilion is a Mediterranean style community cultural centre home to an art gallery, theatre, cultural activities, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. Opening in 1929, the Pavilion cost £100,000 to build and was Sydney's grandest and most unique pavilion. Originally used as a bathers pavilion, it was adapted into the cultural hub it is today from the 1970s.