Sculpture by the Sea Bondi
Take the two-kilometre (1.2-mile) coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama to see the landscape transformed into a stunning temporary sculpture park. With over 100 pieces to admire, as well as thought-provoking interactive sculptures on both the beaches and the rocky outcrops overlooking the ocean, it’s the perfect place for a family outing on a warm evening.
- Where: Bondi, Sydney
- When: 24 October to 10 November 2019
- Price: $
How to get there
Sydney can be reached from several Australian and international cities. After arriving in Sydney, head to Bondi via public transport or car. Express buses run to Bondi Beach from the centre of Sydney, and take about 30 minutes to reach the beach. Trains operate from the city centre to Bondi Junction, which is a 10-minute bus or taxi ride from the beach. Bondi Beach is also one of many stops on a Big Bus Sydney tour, which allows you to hop on and off as you please.
Things to do at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi
View sculptures along the coast
Bondi's coastal walks are some of Sydney's most scenic, but they become especially spectacular as large-scale sculptures are built along the shore. Begin the walk on Notts Avenue near the Bondi Icebergs Club, strolling along the waterfront and pausing at some of over 100 beautiful artworks. You never know what you'll see along the way, with past sculptures depicting everything from giant frying pans to silver peacocks. There are alternative walking routes that avoid stairs and steep slopes. Sculpture by the Sea is one of Bondi's most popular events, so walking on a weekday may mean fewer crowds.
Attend extra events
Sculpture by the Sea offers an exciting program of events each year. While large and dramatic sculptures sit on the coast, small and intricate sculptures are displayed at Sculpture Inside. Head to Mark's Park in Tamarama to wander through an indoor exhibition of artworks, and even have the opportunity to purchase a miniature sculpture. If you're interested to hear from the artists themselves, attend the Aqualand Artist Talks series. Here, you'll listen to the stories and insights behind the sculptures, giving you a new perspective of the art you've explored.
Go for a swim at Icebergs
After walking Sydney's sunny coastline, you may want to cool off with a dip in the water. You can choose from the chain of beaches that run from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, or dive into one of the city's most Instagrammable attractions: the Bondi Baths. This oceanside swimming pool has been a landmark of Sydney's east for over 100 years and is the perfect place to enjoy Bondi's aquatic culture. You'll need to pay a small fee for entry, and lockers and towels are available onsite for an additional cost. Afterwards, pat yourself dry and pop upstairs to Icebergs Bistro for a well-deserved cocktail.
Eat at seaside restaurants
Bondi isn't only known for its golden sands and surf waves; it also has some great seaside eateries serving up fresh Australian produce. Bondi Trattoria is a local's favourite, offering an Italian menu with a Mediterranean influence. Ask for a seat at the bar to gaze out onto the ocean. Located at the northern end of Bondi's stretch of sand is North Bondi Fish, which serves up a seafood celebration on a plate. Expect delicious dishes like kingfish and tuna tartare and fish tacos with mango hot sauce. If you're willing to venture a short distance south, visit Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, a buzzy venue that focuses on ethical, sustainable cooking. Much of the produce is sourced from the kitchen garden to create an impeccably fresh selection.