Bondi - Australia's most famous beach is also its most crowded. Bondi sees mad crowds whenever there is a nice Summer day. Waves are often shared with swimmers, bodyboarders and learners and it's why there is a rule banning hard surfboards from the North side of the beach. Soft boards are allowed everywhere except in the flagged areas. Bondi surfers don't seem to mind and have adapted their surfing to suit their next gen foamies, expertly weaving through crowded lineups.
Bondi Surf Spots
Bondi gets some protection from NE winds by the Ben Buckler headland. The Southern end near the Icebergs club has bigger waves and stronger rips and is where the better surfers go whenever there is a decent swell. Beginners should be aware of the 'Backpacker's Express' - a notorious rip known where unknowing tourists usually get caught in.
Further South, Tamarama is a narrow beach nestled between 2 headlands with powerful reef breaks. Due to the strong rips and the ever present danger of being washed onto the rocks, this area is only suitable for experienced surfers. Boardriders are not allowed at Tamarama during life saving patrol hours. Bronte, the next beach over has a right hand reef break in the South and left hand beach breaks in the Northern end.
Bondi Surf Lessons / Schools
For beginners, Bondi is pretty much learners paradise. Lots of tourists have have learnt how to do their first pop-ups here.
Bondi Surf Shops
There are quite a few surf shops within walking distance to the beach, from generic surf shops to local surf brands.
Bondi Surf Hire / Rental
There are 2 on-beach locations hiring out softboards, bodyboards and wetsuits by the hour.
Things to do in Bondi
Bondi is a hive of activity especially in the warmer months. For the young ones, there is a pool made just for little kids pool at the Northern end. While bigger kids can session the Bondi skatepark - one of the biggest and best maintained concrete playgrounds located just behind the beach. The outdoor gym is a very popular spot to show off them gains.
There is a great selection of cafes, restaurants and bars worth making the trek to Bondi for, located along Campbell parade and nearby streets. Influencers will want to check out the famous Icebergs club in the South end and it's insta-famous rock pool.
Check out our Bondi Beach Guide