Australia’s most iconic beach and, attached, an evenly iconic pool. Well, you’ve probably guessed I am talking about Bondi Beach. Walking on this beach feels like you’ve been there a thousand times before. I’ll go ahead and blame that on the tons of movies and series that have been recorded here such as Bondi rescue -which is actually still being recorded, for those looking for a moment of fame…
Is Bondi worth a visit? YES. Well it might be big, touristy and loud. It is Bondi Beach and can you even say you have been to Australia without a picture of the stunning white rocked Bondi Icebergs with the waves crashing on Bondi beach in the back.
Grab yourself some serious sunscreen, let’s say SPF 50 at least if you do not want to end up completely burned, and enjoy the extremely strong Australian sun rays whilst watching the surfers making their way to the waves. For those who become extremely restless after an hour of beach time (which would be me) there are tons of activities to do around Bondi Beach. First of which would be strolling around the Bondi boulevard, walking past the illustrious graffiti wall and, if you’re lucky, admiring talented street artists at work. You’ll know when you’re at the end of the boulevard when you reach the outdoor gym at the northern end of the beach. Which is where most of the Bondi Beach body’s are made, an attraction on its own if you ask me. 😉
So until now, what is it going to cost you to visit Bondi Beach? Not a thing, yet. Except for maybe an ice-cream to cool down a bit from the Australian heat at Anita’s when walking back to the start of the boulevard. As an ice-cream fanatic I can honestly say they serve among the best ice-cream I have ever had, not even mentioning the interior of the shop.
And then… a visit to the not to be missed, Bondi Icebergs itself. This beauty of a pool draws quite the crowd, but not as many tourists as one might think. The pool doesn’t feature any sun beds or relaxation area’s what so ever. (or you must think of the rocks as relaxation areas, I for one do not, at least not for longer than ten minutes) Which is probably done to keep the pool suitable for the dozens of swimmers that do their laps their on a daily basis. Which is a good thing, so you will have to do all of your chilling back on the beach or in the Bondi Icebergs club/restaurant. Where you can have dinner/lunch or drinks with a phenomenal view. The entrance for the pool is AUD 6.50 and allows you acces to the sauna area as well.
Not in the mood to take a dip? Take your pictures, and move along towards the end of Bondi Icebergs, here is were you’ll find the start of the Bondi to Coogee walk. Which is one of the most amazing coastal walks I have ever done. The walk itself will take you up to an hour, depending on how fast you walk. It took me forever, but then again I was amazed at every turn so the amount of stops piled up rather quickly.
I would recommend doing the walk during either sunset or sunrise. During sunset it tends to get quite crowded, with tourists as well as with joggers. But then again, sunset means waking up at five.. If you’re not a morning person I guess that choice is easily made. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, but the views were definitely worth it!
Wrapping up, Bondi, and its surroundings, will leave you with quite the awe. It might not be as deserted, and filled with lush green tones, as a lesser known beach elsewhere would be. But this beach stole my heart, and if you’ll go for a visit, I bet it will steal yours too.
Bondi Icebergs is opened year round during the following hours:
- Monday 6.00am – 6.30pm
- Tuesday 6.00am – 6.30pm
- Wednesday 6.00am – 6.30pm
- Thursday pool closed for cleaning* (which looks pretty fab)
- Friday 6.00am – 6.30pm
- Saturday 6.30am – 6.30pm
- Sunday 6.30am – 6.30pm
For more information visit http://www.icebergs.com.au/swimming-pool/