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“Not as good as it's fame suggests”
Review of Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach
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Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour
Ranked #28 of 517 things to do in Sydney
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bondi Beach is famous for its glistening ocean, pristine sands, reliable surf and seaside spirit. It's laid back coastal lifestyle, cafe culture, boutique shops and thriving, eclectic community is equally enticing.Come and enjoy the quintessential Australian culture and surf lifestyle of this vibrant seaside community!
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Sure it was clean with nice golden sand, but given its reputation, a little disappointing. Smaller than I expected and for surfing, not a patch on Ipanema in Rio. Manly on the north side of the harbour is nicer if you only have time for one and the ferry trip to Manly nicer than the bus to Bondi if you are relying on public transport.

Thank Mark N
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Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

If you can only get to one beach while in Sydney then give the overly hyped Bondi Beach a miss and take the ferry over to Manly Beach instead. Bondi beachfront does not have much to offer; shops, restaurants, grass, shade, etc, etc are all quite poor. The only things going for Bondi is the beach itself and the Tamarama Costal Walk. Even getting there by public transport requires a train/bus combination. Not worth the time and effort involved unless you feel the need to impress friends and family back home.

Thank SussexGeezer
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We walked the coastal path and found it exhilarating. I must say the 'Sculptures by the Sea' event added immensely to our experience. However, that apart it is just a fantastic place to be.

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Thank CDinNI
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Bondi is without a doubt one of the most popular beaches and tourist destinations in Australia and frankly, I can't understand why. Bondi disappointed and it disappointed big time, I was expecting a lot since it got so much hype but it just wasn't mind blowing. Getting down to the beach it is extremely hilly, up down, up down and steep, once you're down there, there isn't much... The beach is nice, don't get be wrong but the "esplanade" was filled with over priced cafes trying far too hard to be hipster and it just looked so... Bland. With all the cement and not a tree in sight it just seemed to "concrete jungle" which brings me to my biggest issue with Bondi Beach... SHADE! Where is it? If Bondi isn't the number one place responsible for skin cancer then I don't know where is. Once you get down to the beach front with all the shops There is no shade, no trees, nothing, I could feel myself getting extremity burnt (and also felt severely dehydrated) I spent a good 15 minutes searching around for somewhere where I could purchase sunscreen with no luck. Not to mention there is not one sign telling people to be sun smart around the place.

Overall, very disappointed and wouldn't go back. Anyone and everyone would be better off catching a ferry over to manly where there is plenty of shade, less tourists, better food and a much more relaxed vibe.

2  Thank Ally T
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

If you want a not -so-quiet beach and one that's central -it's Bondi for you. The drive along Bondi beach is beautiful. When you arrive at the beach, Fun Graffiti welcomes you & though the water is a bit rough to swim in, you'll find plenty of room to sun bathe and enjoy the lively activities and games being played on the beach. I found it very clean which was surprising compared to another central beach I've been to in Melbourne e.g. St Kilda. There are many shops & cafe's opposite the beach :P Over all a fun place. Don't miss the Bondi to Coogee walk though. U may want to climb some steps to get an areal view of Bondi beach if you're lazy to do the whole walk :)

Thank Globetrotter-Saabrin
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