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  1. Contributor

    Bondi - Sydney Suburbs

    Bondi From its amazing surf breaks, to its bohemian population, Sydney’s most iconic beachside suburb is one of the most fabulous locales in the country. Situated 7km from Sydney’s CBD, Bondi is the heart of the Eastern suburbs. With a population of only just over 20,000 residents, the suburb is home to celebrities, surfers, families, travellers, artists and everything in-between. To locals, Bondi has many monikers. “The bubble”, “the valley” and “2026” are three that spring to mind readily. Here you’ll find some of Sydney’s most prime and prestigious homes alongside a raft of backpacker accommodation and family homes. The lay of the Land Bondi’s architecture is a melting pot of shiny newly built dwellings, federation homes, 70’s apartment blocks and a touch of old art deco buildings. Over 70% of the dwellings are apartments adding to the sense of community here. Bondi opens onto the truly beautiful Bondi Beach. It is defined by the bustling Campbell Pde that runs adjacent to the beach and a series of residential streets running down towards the water. Locals understand the suburb in terms of South Bondi and North Bondi, with Hall Street as the demarcation point. From the south to the north, Bondi is crammed with bars, restaurants, hotels, fashion boutiques and everything that the hipster generation requires for survival. It has been said that Bondi possibly possesses that highest rate per capita of yoga studios and gyms of anywhere in the country. Fuel for the Hipster Generation The suburb pulses with coffee addicts and fitness enthusiasts side by side. There is a focus here on healthy eating and the enjoyment of fine food. Cafes abound throughout Bondi, as do organic food establishments. Organic Food: Orchard St Bondi Wholefoods Sadhana Vegan Pokebowl Fishbowl Alongside this, Bondi has experienced an explosion of burger joints: BL Burgers at the Beach Rd hotel Tony’s Burgers Milky Lane Macelleria Oli’s Chicken Burgers Paradise Road At the higher end of the scale, Bondi is home to some truly amazing fine dining establishments. Perched at the top of the famous Bondi Icebergs ocean pool is Bondi Icebergs Dining Room. A hangout for celebrities, it has an intimate bar and dining room overlooking the crashing waves and a vista from the south end of Bondi to the north. At the opposite end of the beach, the simply named North Bondi Fish is a high end seafood restaurant boasting a very cool balcony overlooking the south side. In between, Sean’s Panaroma on Campbell Parade is a years long fine dining establishment in an intimate space. Newly opened Fonda with its South of the Border cuisine leads the pack for casual dining with a bar like atmosphere. It’s rivalled by Rocker at the North Bondi interchange featuring twists on local produce and ethically sourced ingredients. Cafes Bondi is the pinnacle of café culture in Sydney. Locals are passionate about their coffee choices and the surroundings it is served in. The craftily named “Coffee” on Curlewis St is Bondi’s only local roaster. But don’t go there for your standard latte. There is no dairy or sugar at all on premises. Each coffee is a handcrafted work of art, made with their own nut milk. Gertrude and Alice on Hall Street is a bookstore first and café second. Sip on your coffee in the comfort of a velvet armchair whilst you delve into a great vintage read. Head to CaliPress on Hall St if you’re curious about what a $10 coffee tastes like. Go for their “BulletProof” a concoction of coconut oil, cayenne pepper and maybe just a hint of actual coffee. There are far too many cafes to mention – each with its own edge. Pubs, Bars, Clubs There is a thriving bar and pub scene in Bondi. It’s best understood by breaking down the ways you can enjoy a tipple locally. Nightclubs as such don’t exist in Bondi due to stringent local licencing laws. Bars do. Of these there are many. Here are a handful of must-visits: The Bucket List – festooned with fairy lights and featuring fresh stripes just about everywhere, this indoor/outdoor bar is right on the drive along the beach. Great food, cocktails and spotting position. Bondi Hardware – was actually once the local hardware store. Now, however it is a dimly lit, intimate cocktail bar and restaurant positioned amongst all the normal suburban amenities on Hall Street. Mamasan – directly opposite the local’s local – The Beach Road Hotel, Mamasan is a pumping cocktail bar with an Asian inspired vibe. Now that we’re talking pubs – Bondi is home to surprisingly few. Of these, The Bondi Hotel on Campbell parade is the most frequented by tourists. The Beach Road hotel, with its rooftop bar, beer garden, awesome burger bar and ever evolving line-up of DJs and bands is the local’s choice. The Beach is top and tailed with two Clubs of considerable notoriety. At the south end is the world famous icebergs club. Featuring the stunning ocean pool, fitness centre and high end Icebergs Dining Room, it is one of the best clubs to take in the entire Bondi vista. At the south end is North Bondi RSL, a fabulous local institution, well known for its live entertainment and truly spiritual view. Local Events Bondi is host to several community events during the year. Flickerfest – short film festival in January Bowl-a-Rama – international skating competition at the Bondi Skate Bowl on the beach Festival of the Winds – International Kite Festival on the beach in August The Winter Festival – featuring an Ice Skating Rink open air by the beach Sculpture by the Sea – Sculptures all along the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte Living in Bondi Bondi is a safe, chilled suburb. The police station is right in the centre of the suburb and the crime rate is relatively low. Walking the streets late at night is a safe pursuit. The suburb hums with life all day and night. It’s a harmonious suburb comprised of residents who are largely respectful and community based. 50% of the population is Australian born, with 22% of the residents identifying as having an English background. The median age within the community is 33% and over one third of the population list themselves as having no religious beliefs. A very high percentage of the population rent their homes, particularly apartments. The average rent per week is $640 according to the 2016 census. But in 2017, that would be considered nothing short of a bargain. The median house price in Bondi is currently $2.7million for a house and $1.6 million for an apartment. Education Public, private and religious school are all within Bondi. There are no notoriously bad schools. Public schools provide free education and the private schools range in price based on the facilities they provide. Bondi Beach Public School – Campbell Pde Bondi Public School – Wellington Street Montessori School – Wellington Street Galilee Catholic Primary School – Blair Street All the above are co-educational. Many other schools exist on the boundaries and surrounding suburbs. There are two high schools within Bondi itself. But within the Eastern Suburbs are some of the most prestigious and expensive private schools in the country. Locally, the Public High School – Rose Bay High is co-educational. It is a large campus and also houses a selective (high achieving) stream of students. Reddam House is located on Blair Street and is a co-educational private school. It is one of Sydney’s most expensive high schools and is ranked within the top 10 of schools in the state. Services in the Suburb Medical – There are many local medical clinics and doctor’s surgeries in Bondi. Some will and others will not bulk bill. Bondi Doctors on Hall Street Bulk Bills for children but not adults. The closest public hospital is St Vincents in Darlinghurst or The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick or Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. The Childrens Hospital is also in Randwick. Randwick is 5km from Bondi. Here is a list of local practitioners: Bondi Doctors – Hall Street 9365 2833 Bondi Physio – Curlewis St 02) 9130 6914 Bondi Dentist – Curlewis St (02) 9365 7187 Transport Bondi is well serviced for public transport via our bus system. Grabbing a bus from Bondi to Bondi Junction is about a 10 – 15 minute exercise. The 380, 386,387, 333, 389 all work these routes. From Bondi Junction Train Station, you can access the State Rail Network. You can also access the ferries by taking a bus from Bondi to Rose Bay ferry stop. Bondi also has just seen the introduction of a new public bicycle companies, ofo. Push bikes are scattered throughout Sydney (particularly Bondi). You access them via an app and can hop on, ride around and leave them wherever you like for the next client to pick up.
  2. rustie

    Recommend a dentist in Bondi?

    Hi, My tooth has cracked, and I'll probably need a crown to fix it. Can anyone recommend a dentist in Bondi, please? Thanks! R
  3. Paula and Jay

    Location vs Space????

    Hi all, i wonder if anyone has had any experience with this cos me and my fiancée change our minds every week and would be great to get someone else's views! We are moving to Sydney in 2 weeks and can't decide on where to live. We love the look of the new build apartments that seem to be available in Waterloo/zetland etc but also like the idea of living near the beach, yet most apartments in our price range that are near the beach are older - coogee or Bondi ? Has anyone else had this dilemma and if so what did you decide? Was it the right choice etc? Did you go for space or location? We think we have decided then we change our mind! Thanks in advance! Jay :-)
  4. Just watched the last stragglers staggering onto Bronte beach this morning. The water was pretty rough too. Have any Poms here done this? I used to swim reasonably well in a public pool back home, 5km at school, etc, but never ocean swimming. I've done a couple of road marathons, but I imagine someone who hasn't had a (warm) ocean on their doorstep since childhood would find it quite a challenge to train for this.
  5. G'day, how you going? Jennie and are are headed to Bondi for Christmas day and then moving on to Sydney. Anyone going or done this before? I heard you cant take alcohol on the beach which is sad if its true xx
  6. Hey All, Made the move just over a month ago from the UK to Bondi and Im loving it, I'm struggling with the lack of football (soccer) though. I was just wondering if there was a bar in Bondi junction that shows all the premiership game highlights on a Sunday or Monday? I'm sure you can get this on Fox Sports but don't want to sign up till we are more setup financially. Thanks alot
  7. I hope none of our members were there. TERRIFIED backpackers hurled themselves from windows and balconies to escape a fire which erupted at their hostel in the middle of the night at Bondi in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The blaze began in a foyer bin at Noah's Bondi Beach, on Campbell Parade, around 3.45am (AEDT) today and quickly filled the building with smoke. About 150 people were evacuated from the property, with a number jumping from windows or balconies and at least one person suffering minor injuries during the fall. Four people were taken to hospital, suffering mostly from smoke inhalation. "A couple of people jumped from windows," a member of staff at the hostel said. "No-one was injured, there was some people taken away with smoke inhalation but there was nothing serious." A New South Wales Fire and Rescue spokesman added: "The building was heavily smoke-logged and a number of people were at windows. "There was obviously a great deal of concern from the occupants." The cause of the fire is suspicious and police have launched an investigation. Shelby Murphy, 20, from Seattle, told The Daily Telegraph that she jumped from a second floor balcony to escape the smoke. Another backpacker, Jack Hardy from England, told the newspaper: "Smoke filled the corridors. You couldn't see the numbers on the doors. "I woke up to the alarms going off and people banging on our door."
  8. Tappers2oz

    Bondi Rescue

    Ok so after becoming ever more obsessed with BR (they seem to be showing then non stop in the UK at the mo) i was wondering, if you could pick who would save you from drowning who would it be!!?? :wubclub: Obviously if you're drowning you'd want anyone, but if you could pick who would you go for? I'd go for Kerrbox. Older guy thing again. :wink::cute::biggrin:
  9. Someone recommended it on another post. I swam at Redleaf and my friend Cynthia wanted to meet me at the Icebergs. She lives at Bondi on the same road where I parked although I did not know it. I was just looking for a place where I could park for free. I walked along the coastal path in the dark - luckily there was a full moon which made made the view over Bondi spectacular with the waves crashing and foaming. The club itself has a fantastic location looking out over Bondi Beach. It must be a lovely spot to sit out on the balcony overlooking the pool and the beach beyond. I signed in as a visitor - all you need is a drivers' licence which they scan in on a little machine - oh and you MUST live outside the 5k limit. Sometimes in those cases they will get a member to sign you in though. Or you can join on the spot. $50 for Icebergs which is dearer than most but I noticed that steak and chips is $15 for visitors & $10 for members I had a chat to the doorman - asked him if he is a local? Yes, born and bred. 'It must be something to have been born in Heaven', I said. He was telling me how to eat oysters - I've never tried them. I was chatting to the young ladies on the bar too, asking them the same questions, 'are you local?, where is your favourite beach?' (yes, Tamarama or Clovelly because Bondi gets too crowded.) It's easy to get on with people really. If I go a few more times they'll recognize me. So, join a club, get talking to the staff, become a 'local'!
  10. Fantastic location just above the beach, bar was like a Pommie pub on New Year's Eve. Failed to win, AGAIN. If the lady selling the tickets had come to me before the blokes on the other table I'd have been a winner. I asked her if I would still keep my prize even though I was English! Good tucker in there too. Schooner of Coopers Green $5.60. Kids welcome in the bar too. I'm not a member, just signed in as I'm outside the 5 kilometre limit, living in Surry Hills. They have a members' badge draw too so it's worth joining if you go regularly.
  11. Hey all, We are 2 best friends in our mid 20's who have been living in Sydney for 2 years. We have a small great circle of friends but are hoping to form a girlie group of friends like we had at home for nights out, dinners out and shopping at the weekends! We would love to here from you and perhaps meet for coffee or cocktails! Thanks!
  12. stevie ellis

    bondi rescue

    Jist watching this on telly the noo SUPERB great show:yes:a can jist see me deing this:laugh: dis onybody else like this?
  13. Hello everyone! Am trying to arrange a meet-up upstairs in the Tea Gardens on the 3rd June in Bondi Junction from 6:30 onwards. See previous posting-Eastern Suberbs meet-up. Anyone welcome as it would be good to meet some new friends. Hopefully see you there. Debbie
  14. Hii Anyone going to bondi beach for new year? I'm thinking of going down on my own, just wondering if anyone is down there and fancied meeting up. I'm going to bondi beach new years eve, david guetta is performing. Shoyld be a good night Lauren xx
  15. Anyone have a cheap fridge freezer for sale near Bondi, Sydney?
  16. Hi, I am moving to Sydney in two weeks with a working holiday visa as I'm 29 this is the last chance...basically I want to move to either Coogee or Bondi and I need some pro's and con's for them both to weigh it up properly. My friends back home have raved about Coogee but my friend who I am going with has a boyfriend in Bondi. I really want a community beach / travelling feel with a lot of fun, good night life...good people and transport. Can anyone help in making this decision easier?
  17. After reading many threads it seeems that this site is mainly driven by women Some women ask questions as though they are the other half Some women liase as names which is neither male or female. My point is please can we have some more guys and there views please. i would be intresting how many guys just sit there night in night out wondering what there wives are typing with the odd giggle now and then. we will have to see if im right by hits atracted by title.:unsure: many thanks ian (definately male)
  18. Guest

    jobs around bondi beach!!

    Hi everyone! im linzi from england ive been in oz for nearly 2 weeks now just wounded if anyone knows of any jobs going in bondi beach or around that area in retail or working in a cafe? for a few months? thanks linzi!!...
  19. Guest


    Hi Everyone, Does anyone live in Bondi? or know anyone who lives there? I stayed there a few years ago when i went travelling but am now hoping to move there when the visa comes through. I just wondered what it might be like for crime, jobs etc (im a beauty therapist and my partner is a plumber) Also i hear that the Beauty Industry isnt as up to date as the UK so Uk therapists can easily find employment Does anyone know if thats true? I have got my heart set on Bondi as i loved it there but i have heard some bad things about druggies and gangs that hang there. Just would like any info you can give me at this point. Thanks Rache x x x :unsure:
  20. Mark was doing TRA so i didn't want to disturb him by going to bed. Flicked over to a lot of semi naked bodies on the beach!! Brits acting like idiots, and others deciding shud they stay for xmas or go home and a very sad teenage lad getting a Sammy'd sam Tattoo !!! Very manly!! ooo dear!!