In part 1 we looked at city life as I had previously lived in the city suburb of Darlinghurst. Now that I am temporarily in Bondi I will try to highlight the pros and cons of the area from what I have experienced so far with the aim of helping me decide where would be best to live, in the city or by the beach.
Bondi Beach is world renowned. It has the wow factor from the very first time you set your eyes on it. The beach is really, really stunning. You can see it’s full beauty when standing at either the north or south side.
View from North Bondi
View from South Bondi
Although not a massive beach, it does fairly pack a punch in the scenic stakes. It is an exceptionally clean beach with white sand and amazing waves if you’re into surfing or simply want to jump into them for the laugh! Bondi Rescue is filmed here and you can often see the guys in action saving lives. Bondi itself has the holiday vibe down to a tee. There are hoards of tourists, surfers and people walking around barefoot. You have the sand, the sea and the main promenade full of the usual holiday paraphernalia. During the summer months Bondi is heaving with people from all over the globe. Living here at this time you really have the feeling of being on a permanent holiday. It offers a great vibe to live in and there is always a buzz from dusk until dawn. In the winter months Bondi does quieten down which is also lovely as you can appreciate the beauty more here without all the tourists and it is a lot easier to get public transport.
The promenade offers a great walkway from 1 side of Bondi to the other and provides the opportunity for local artists to display some of their amazing work along the aptly named graffiti wall. This is a highlight for me, seeing all these different art murals that change every few months or so. You will see many tourists and locals (including me) having their photos taken by the different artworks.
Bondi has an array of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer that will be sure to cater to all your social needs. They are quirky and lively with really cool atmospheres and vary greatly to suit all types of people. Basically there is something for everyone. You can get amazing protein shakes and açai bowls at Acai Brothers, fantastic Bloody Mary’s at Bloody Mary’s Bondi (funnily enough! – also another one in Darlinghurst 👌🏼), lovely cocktails at Icebergs (also if you also want a SPECTACULAR view of Bondi, this is the place to be ), or simply a quiet schooner at Beach Road (personal fave) or Bondi Hotel. There are 2 RSLs in Bondi for anyone wishing to become a member. Here you can receive drink and food offers/discounts with world class views and become immersed in the suburb you are living in. If you haven’t heard of an RSL you can read about them here. The food in North Bondi RSL is impressive and very reasonably priced. If you want to try Japanese I cannot recommend ‘SOY’ highly enough. Very authentic with the perfect ambiance. We visited Brown Sugar last week for food and were not disappointed. Food was impeccable and plentiful, the setting was cosy, dimly lit and lively and the service was fantastic. This is a place I will definitely return to. There are lots of little salad bars and sushi places, steak houses and impressive restaurants. The world really is your oyster here in this 1 suburb.
Coffee at North Bondi RSLBloody Mary’s cocktails at Bloody Mary’s
Japanese cuisine at Soy
If you love a good market, Bondi Markets are on every weekend and are hugely popular. To be honest I’m not a big market person but even I have enjoyed strolling through here and picked up a couple of bargains. There are some good sunglasses stalls and lots on offer for foodies. Saturday is the Farmers Market with lots of fresh produce and exciting dishes to try. Sunday includes food but includes vintage clothes, accessories, health items and much more. To find more info you can check their website here.
For my final ‘pro Bondi’ point, you have the famous Bondi to Coogee walk. This is one of the most scenic walks you can carry out in Sydney, NSW, even Australia. The views are spectacular. It takes a couple of hours 1 way to complete the 6km walk (especially if you stop to take photos and admire the scenery) taking in the coastline, beaches, parks and rock pools. You can read all about this famous walk here.
As you can see, Bondi has A LOT to offer. So many positive points to consider. I will quickly run through the negative aspects. Bondi can be a nightmare to get in and out of. Yes there are buses that run very regularly to and from Bondi Junction where there is a train station. However, with no train line to Bondi, you will always have to get to Bondi Junction before you can go anywhere by train. The volume of people using the buses is huge and you will often be standing for the entire journey (often feels like a rollercoaster too). Bondi feels like it’s own little bubble, away from everywhere else. Even getting a taxi to the city can be a nightmare as it’s further away (whereas Darlinghurst is very central to everywhere!). For me, this is my biggest gripe. Another thing to consider is the sheer amount of tourists. In the summer it is crazily busy, buses are that packed that they will simply drive past you when at full capacity. So it’s best if you’re not in a rush to get back out of Bondi 🤣. It won’t just be the buses that are busy either, everywhere is busy, including supermarkets and cafes. For me, these are the 2 main issues, transport and the large volume of tourists. Having said that, I don’t know if these 2 reasons would be enough to deter me from living in Bondi. Should I find a suitable place to live in Bondi, I would be really happy to live here and become a Bondi local 😊😊😊. The beach life is a really positive influencing factor. The fact that you can head to the beach before or after work and have a swim is very appealing and there is an amazing atmosphere here that makes you feel that you are living in a very special place.
Thanks for reading!