Bondi is a picture-perfect kind of place that if you go to Sydney, obviously you are going to want to go there. So you want to get down there, take your photos, take in the sights and sounds of Bondi Beach.
Bondi is originally named from an Aboriginal name, which was Bondi or Boondi, which meant to the aboriginals, who were the original people before the British settlement; that meant water was breaking out of the rocks or the sound of water breaking over rocks. And when you go down to Bondi cafe you will understand why it was called that; because the surf is crashing on the beach and the rocks is something quite spectacular.
Bondi today is a kind of interesting place. Campbell Parade is the main commercial area, and that runs along going to the beach. The beach itself is around 1-kilometer long, it runs roughly north-south, and it is divided for surf club purposes. Divided into 2 halves, North Bondi and South Bondi; two separate patrolled beaches. But it is one endless beach.
If you decide you are going to swim, please swim between the red flags. The red flags, like most beaches in Australia, are patrolled by lifesavers, who are there to get you out of trouble. If you swim between the red flags that are both the safest area on the beach, and that is the area that the lifesavers are guarding and monitoring to help you if you get into any trouble.
One of the biggest attractions that people find at Bondi Beach is the People Watching. It is very much a hangout for the rich and famous, and you will see all sorts of movie stars and celebrities, Australian and otherwise. In and around Bondi, people enjoy the nightlife scene and being seen. But you will also see some very interesting people and a good mix of the population. So People Watching can be an attraction.
Bondi Pavilion is the big cream-colored wedding cake building, right there on Bondi Beach. And the local council recognized that there was a need for some building a formal establishment where people could bathe, could change, go to restaurants and take care of all those kinds of things. That is why Bondi Pavilion was formed.
Today Bondi Pavillion is a cultural center for Bondi and the eastern beaches. There are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and many cultural events, short film festivals are held at Bondi Pavilion.
The Bondi Icebergs was originally, and still is a swimming and social club; was started off in the 30s by a group of 8 or 9 dedicated locals. They took very seriously the idea of swimming all year round, especially through the winter months, when obviously swimming is not all that popular.
Everyday of the year, the Bondi Icebergs are out swimming on Bondi Beach. And gradually from those very humble beginnings, that has morphed into what now the largest swimming club and social club in the world, and probably amongst the most important businesses, bars and restaurants in the Bondi area.
Bondi Icebergs is now a large licensed club perched right on the southern end of Bondi Beach, with large roof-to-floor glass windows that allow you to look out and enjoy Bondi Beach. You can look straight over the beach at the waves crashing in, the surfers and the sea pool that is down there as well.
You can get a full membership there, but the problem is that to earn full membership at the Bondi Icebergs Club, you’ve got to swim three Sundays out of four, all through the winter season. So 3 out of 4 Sundays, you’ve got to swim at Bondi Beach and you’ve got to do that for 5 consecutive years in order to become a full club member