Our microguides series is inspired by the slow travel movement, encouraging travellers to relax their pace and take a deep dive into one particular neighbourhood in a well-loved city. Rather than a whirlwind itinerary which aims to hit up every must-see attraction, these compact, close-up guides encourage you to zone in, take your time and truly explore like a local.
Widely regarded as Australia’s most iconic beach, Bondi is a magnet for free-spirits, athletes, artistic types and creative entrepreneurs, and is one of the world’s liveliest coastal towns. A heady mix of saltwater, world-class surf and big-city buzz, there’s an abundance of natural beauty here; yet it still manages to remain a little rough-around-the-edges charm.
Beyond the crowds and tourist traps, Bondi is a thriving hub of world-class restaurants, Art Deco architectural gems, stylish boutiques and – of course – breathtaking views. When you’re not dropping into these local businesses, dip into its rugged rock pools and follow its curving coastal walks.
In South Bondi, you’ll find the world famous Icebergs seawater pool, while the suburb’s North end is best for discovering a pretty pocket of local hangouts and pastel-fronted bars and cafes. Visit both sides for the complete Bondi experience.
Catch a wave
No trip to Bondi would be complete without learning how to surf – our recommendation is to do it with top local surf school Let’s Go Surfing. With award-winning instructors, small groups and (hopefully) top-notch surf breaks, you’ll be catching waves with the best of them before you know it. Two-hour group lesson from £70.
Swim at Bondi Icebergs
Said to be the world’s most photographed swimming pool, the Bondi Icebergs club has a spectacular seawater pool with historical landmark status. With a history dating back to 1929, it’s now firmly on the radar of the Instagram set, who come to get “that” snap between pools and bay. It’s open to members of the public all-year round – beyond enjoying a swim as the waves crash around the pool, visitors can warm up in the wooden sauna and enjoy a bite from the onsite café.
Go on an Aboriginal walking tour
With a history that dates back over 2,000 years, there’s much more to Bondi than its glossy social media…