There’s good reason why the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is one of Australia’s most photographed destinations.
By Ellie Schneider
Three of Sydney's most beautiful beaches, Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte, are connected via a short yet spectacular cliff top trail. The Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk stretches for four kilometres (2.5 miles) with plenty of opportunities to swim, eat or simply pause and take in the views.
- Swim off glistening beaches or in ocean pools
- Discover trendy beachside neighbourhoods
- See more than 100 artworks exhibited along the coastline
How to get there
Express buses run to Bondi Beach from the city centre and take approximately 30 minutes. Trains operate from the city centre to Bondi Junction station, which is a 10 minute bus or taxi ride from the beach. Buses depart from Bronte Beach to Central Station and take roughly 40 minutes.
Top things to do along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
Start your journey on the sweeping, one kilometre (0.6 mile) arc of Bondi Beach. It's a hive of activity all year round, but especially during summer when crowds sprawl out on the sand. Swim between the flags and learn to surf in the gentler waves at the beach's northern end. Lets Go Surfing offers one-on-one and small group lessons for adults and kids. Lessons cater to beginner and intermediate surfers and are run by dedicated, fully qualified staff. During your lesson you’ll cover all the basics, from warm-up to paddling, catching waves and standing up. All you need to bring is your swimmers and a towel.
Eat at Bondi’s popular cafés
Walk the streets around Bondi Beach and you’ll smell all sorts of delicious things. On Hall Street, Bills serves its signature ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter and sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon. Up the road, Bondi Hall is the go-to for coffee, while at Gelato Messina a queue spills down the footpath from midday – try a weekly special like peanut butter cup or red velvet. If you’re visiting on the weekend, don’t miss the Bondi Farmers Market, which is held each Saturday morning (9am to 1pm) at Bondi Beach Public School. Here you can tuck into delicious street food such as Mr Bao’s pork belly steamed buns or oozing toasted cheese sandwiches from The Raclette Shack.
Picnic at Tamarama
Bounded by high cliffs between Bondi and Bronte beaches lies the diminutive Tamarama Beach – affectionately known as "glamarama" thanks to its beautiful sunbathers. The water at Tamarama can get rough and is usually dominated by surfers but its wide, grassy spaces are popular with sunseekers year-round. Shady trees, a seaside kiosk and children’s playground makes it a fantastic spot for a picnic. There are also free electric barbecues so you can cook up an Aussie-style feast.
Swim in picturesque ocean pools
Take a dip in the clear, turquoise waters of Bondi and Bronte’s saltwater pools. Bondi Icebergs has been a Sydney landmark for more than 100 years and includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and kid’s pool. There is also a sauna, gym and café on the deck. The pool is open daily to the public (apart from Thursdays) and costs AUD$6.50 for adults. Bronte is also home to a beautiful 30 metre (98 foot) man-made ocean pool as well as a natural rockpool at the southern end of the beach. Entry to the ocean pool is free.
Visit during Sculpture by the Sea
Each year between late October and early November, the cliff tops between Bondi and Bronte are transformed into an outdoor gallery for Sculpture by the Sea. Stretching over two kilometres (1.2 miles), more than 100 sculptures by Australian and international artists are installed along the coastline. In previous years works have included a gigantic fibreglass and steel Buried Rhino by local Sydney artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, and a seemingly infinite aluminium staircase by New Zealand sculptor David McCracken entitled Diminish and Ascend. During the same dayes at Mark’s Park in Tamarama you can visit Sculpture Inside, an indoor exhibition of smaller sculptures by emerging and established artists.
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