Bondi Beach is the name of both the famous stretch of sand and the suburb that surrounds it. Bondi is about 7km from Sydney’s CBD in the local government area of Waverley Council.
Bondi is regarded as one of the most sought after suburbs inAustralia, with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and bohemians inhabiting the area in one of the most eclectic and spectacular mixes in the country. The beach itself was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008.
Residents enjoy excellent cafes, bars restaurants, most with spectacular beach views. The main thoroughfare of Campbell Parade has surf wearshops, takeaway food outlets, souvenirs, cafés, restaurants, bars and fish and chip shops. Hall Street has designer labels while Curlewis Street is home to several art galleries. Westfield Bondi Junction is nearby, with more than 400 stores and over 3200 parking spaces. This upmarket shopping centre is the second largest in NSW, the sixth largest in Australia.
Bondi’s close proximity to the CBD makes it a short bus or cab ride from the city centre. Bondi Junction railway station is about 2km from the beach. Trains are scheduled to run every 10 minutes weekdays and every 15 minutes at weekends. All buses from the beach to the city go via Bondi Junction railway station. Buses leave for the beach at 10 minute intervals or better all day from Bondi Junction. Services are less frequent after about 7.30pm at night.
Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s focal point for festivals and community events, including being the end point of the City to Surf Fun Run, held annually in August. Other annual activities include Flickerfest, Australia's premier international short film festival in January, World Environment Day in June, and Sculpture By The Sea in November. The Bondi Beach Markets are each Sunday.
A walkway connects Bondi to South Head to the north and other beaches to the south up to Coogee. The Bondi to Coogee walk is popular with locals and tourists, offering spectacular ocean views and one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor exercise venues.
Bondi Pavilion is a community cultural centre, located right on Bondi Beach, which features a theatre, gallery, rehearsal, meeting and function rooms, art workshop, studios.
Bondi Beach has several day care centres and pre-schools both in the suburb itself and nearby. It also has a public primary school (Bondi Beach Public School), with a high concentration of public and private primary and secondary schools in neighbouring suburbs.
Some of the most well known hospitals in Australia are only a short distance away including Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), St Vincent’s, The Prince of Wales Private and Sydney Children’s Hospital.