Sydney Suburb Profile: Bondi
A little bit of history
Crown Land first went on sale in 1838, with blocks on Oxford Street selling for 58 pounds ($116.00). At the time it was considered quite expensive, since the roads were unmade and the area was not serviced by public transport. The latter arrived in the form of horse drawn buses in the 1850s. Steam trams arrived in 1882 but these were replaced by their electric powered counterparts eight years later and the Bondi trams became famous.
Bondi Beach in the waves
In the early 1800s swimming at Sydney's beaches was a controversial pastime. In 1803, Governor Philip King forbade convicts from bathing in Sydney Harbour because of "the dangers of sharks and stingrays, and for reasons of decorum". But by the 1830's sea bathing had become a popular activity which included Bondi Beach through to the present day.
Something to eat
Home to the Bondi hipster, you will not have to walk far to find a café serving up avo on toast and all the latest health food trends that may even come ‘deconstructed’. Head down and grab some fish and chips and watch the surfers and sunbathers. With Bondi bursting with trendy eateries at all price points, you’re sure to find something great to eat any time of the day or night.
Back to nature
Bondi is one of Australia’s busiest beaches full of tourists, sunbathers and surfers, it is the perfect backdrop for selfies and travel snaps. First go for a 6km walk along Sydney’s picturesque coastline from Coogee to Bondi where you will be met with unobstructed views of some of the world’s best beaches before you cool off in the waves at the iconic Bondi Beach.
A spot of shopping
The first Bondi Market was held in 1993 and since then has been a staple Sunday activity for locals with Bondi Beach as the perfect backdrop. You will find original designer clothing, jewellery, arts and homewares plus so much more. But that’s only a small fraction of what’s on offer from luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made active-wear and the most desirable home accessories all on the one strip fronting Bondi Beach and surrounds.
Bondi is well connected with busses going to the city and the nearest train station at Bondi Junction. All you need is an opal card to travel. But beware, it can be very busy on weekends, especially in the summer when parking can be a game of cat and mouse, better take the bus or if you live local, walk.
Sculpture by the Sea is a yearly free exhibition showcasing sculptures from local and international artists along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk and is the world’s largest sculpture exhibition. The event attracts big crowds. Have a walk through a variety of local galleries where you will find a wide variety of work on sale. The Waverley Council has recently announced plans to upgrade the much-loved Bondi Pavilion.
A bit of me time
With surfing, picturesque walks along the coast line, whale watching and a cliff-top golf course there is something for everyone to unwind and relax. Bondi Beach boasts some of the best day spas in the area and surrounding suburbs and aftewards you can enjoy a big variety of organic outlets for a recovery snack. Or simply enjoy the sunshine, after all that’s what Bondi Beach is famous for.
Bondi is home to some of Sydney’s trendiest bars and night sports. There is something to keep you busy every night of the week. It is the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon drink with your friends overlooking Bondi beach. Many of the pubs in Bondi offer a relaxed vibe with big balconies and outdoor spaces where you can meet the locals. Or if you are looking for something a little more upmarket, Bondi offers many fancy wine bars.
Surfing is ingrained in the Bondi Beach culture and is the best place around to learn to surf with lessons running all year. Get to know more about the famous Bondi lifesavers with an afternoon tour run by Discover Bondi. In winter, you have the chance to go ice skating by the water with the Winter Magic festival. Surfing and ice skating, where else but Bondi Beach!
The iconic Bondi icebergs is the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world and dates back to 1929. And the much-loved Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream people put on open air cinemas each season so you can watch a flick while soaking up the sea breeze. Bondi Beach also attracts many celebs so you never know your luck.
Live here - Estelle Bondi
Revel in carefree coastal living with a strong sense of connection and community. Take a leisurely stroll down to the golden arc of Bondi Beach and immerse yourself in the everything this geographically beautiful coastline has to offer. Nearby, the shopping, entertainment and transport hub of Bondi and Bondi Junction allows you to indulge in world-class retail therapy. You can also jump on the train and be in the CBD in less than 10 minutes.
Estelle Bondi is a boutique collection of 14 bespoke, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and indulgent penthouses. Showcasing exceptional style, quality and privacy, Estelle presents distinctive contemporary design at its most innovated and unique. Designed by acclaimed architects MHN Design Union and accomplished interior designers Lawless and Meyerson and have created an idyllic retreat, representing the sophisticated new face of Bondi.
Residences will all have access to a secluded private garden as the rear of the building. This peaceful zone allows you to unwind, connect with all of your neighbours and immerse yourself amid lush green landscaped surrounds. To find out more click here.