Bondi Beach - Beach in Bondi Beach Waverley NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Bondi Beach

Patrolled Patrolled Today

Bondi Beach is located 7 km east of downtown Sydney and surrounded by the most densely populated part of Sydney. It is NSW’s most popular and best known beach. In the 19th century it was a sandy wilderness, but the Bondi tram and rapid urban development put an end to... Read more

Bondi Beach is located 7 km east of downtown Sydney and surrounded by the most densely populated part of Sydney. It is NSW’s most popular and best known beach. In the 19th century it was a sandy wilderness, but the Bondi tram and rapid urban development put an end to that in the 1900s, which lead to the formation of two of Australia's oldest surf life saving clubs, North Bondi and Bondi, both established in 1907. The beach is located 7 km south of South Head, with steep rocky coast in between. The northern Ben Buckler headland forms the eastern boundary of 800 m wide south-facing Bondi Bay, with McKenzie Point to the south. The wide 900 m long beach curves between the two headlands and faces southeast (Fig. 4.238). It is backed by a continuous seawall, walkway, beachfront car park and large grassy foreshore reserve including the two surf clubs and bathing pavilion (Fig. 4.239). Houses and apartments dominate both headlands and the backing valley, with small parks on the tips of each headland, and rock pools at each end of the beach. The southern headland is the base for the Bondi Icebergs swimming club.

Swimming

The lowest waves and best swimming is in the northern half in the patrolled areas. However rips are always present so use care at Bondi and stay between the flags and well clear of the boundary rips and rocks. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards year round, as well as the surf clubs during the summer.

Surfing

Bondi picks up all southerly swell and usually has persistent beach breaks. During big swell the northern point, Ben Buckler produces a good left. The central portion is closed to boards, leaving the higher waves and strong rips of south Bondi to the board riders. The beach breaks are of variable quality with the left into the southern headland rip holding waves up to 2.5 m.

Fishing

Owing to the popularity of the beach most fishing is restricted to the rocks to each end, both ends having permanent gutters.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Bondi Surf Bathers LSC

Mon
21/10
Tue
22/10
Wed
23/10
Thu
24/10
Fri
25/10
Sat
26/10
Sun
27/10

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09:00 - 18:00

08:00 - 18:00

North Bondi SLSC

Mon
21/10
Tue
22/10
Wed
23/10
Thu
24/10
Fri
25/10
Sat
26/10
Sun
27/10

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09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

Waverley Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
21/10
Tue
22/10
Wed
23/10
Thu
24/10
Fri
25/10
Sat
26/10
Sun
27/10

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

06:00 - 19:00

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
17°C
Water
19°C
UV Rating
8 / 11

Hazards

High surf
High surf
Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Winds
Winds
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Long beach
Long beach
Water pollution
Water pollution
Uneven ground
Uneven ground
Rocks
Rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Disabled Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Pool
Kiosk
Shops
Public phone
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Shelters
Playground
Skate park
Cafe
Bike path
Natural shade
Artificial shade
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Cats or Dogs
No Model Planes
Picking Plants Prohibited
No Naked Flames
Camping Prohibited
PWC's Prohibited
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
Shared Footway
No Glass
Fires Prohibited
No Golf
No Spear Fishing
No Alcohol
No Horses
Water Skiing Prohibited
No Trailbikes
Monday, 21 Oct 11:06

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.


Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Includes beaches: North Bondi, Bondi
Length: 0.8km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw320