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.
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.
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.
Owing to the popularity of the beach most fishing is restricted to the rocks to each end, both ends having permanent gutters.Read less
Wind: Westerly below 10 knots becoming south to southwesterly in the morning then becoming east to southeasterly in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. 20% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: Variable below 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore.
Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then tending westerly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
|Fri 26th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection not recommended|
|Sat 27th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm|
|Sun 28th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection not recommended|
|Mon 29th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
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.