Iconic Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach and the Bondi Icebergs Pool
Bondi Beach. Iceberg pool. Cleaning day. Still impressive. Photo by Tijana.

Bondi Beach is the iconic beach in Sydney, Australia. Even there are many ocean pools in Australia, the most famous is probably the Bondi Icebergs, a winter swimming club that dates back to 1929. When the pool is filled by the sea, it makes the most marvelous blue-green waters for swimmers and amazing experience with whipping waves from the Pacific Ocean crashing over the side. It is an open rock pool and one of the most photographed pools in the world.

Bondi Icebergs is drained each Thursday for cleaning and is open year-round to the public. I was there on Thursday, even then when it was empty, it still looked fabulous and impressive.  I can imagine how it looks filled with seawater and when waves of mighty Pacific Ocean do their powerful dance.

Icebergs Dinning Room and the Bar.
Icebergs Bondi View. Photo by Tijana.

Australians Relationship with Ocean and Beaches

Australians have a very special relationship with the ocean and their world-renowned beautiful beaches. There is a palpable passion for surfing and all kinds of waters sports. Often, I would even see little kids surfing on Bondi Beach. There is something so charming and endearing in that Aussie relationship with the ocean and beaches. Australians are very laid back and delightful people which makes it very easy to enjoy this faraway country.

Beginning of the Bondi Beach.
Beginning of the Bondi Beach with rocks. It is more private and secluded.
 “Bondi” is an aboriginal word that translates to “water breaking over rocks”.
Photo by Tijana.

Bondi Beach and the bathers.
Bondi Beach. Photo by Tijana.

Surfer at the Bondi Beach. Australia.
Surfing and water sports are in the blood of Australians. Photo by Tijana.

The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Cousteau

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach has its own rhythm. It is Sunday kind of feel whenever you go. Bondi is surrounded by little restaurants, shops, residential properties, and some hotels. But the best part is what nature gave, that green blue-hued Pacific Ocean and soft powder-like sand. There is also a nice promenade with scenic walking trails for a nice little hike.

Enjoying beach and a white sand.
Arrived. And enjoyed immensely soft white sand and the wonderful laidback Aussi vibe.

Bondi beach is located near the Sydney city center and instantly offers a carefree, sun-drenched lifestyle. It is a nice change of pace after visiting so many fabulous places in Sydney. Surfers can be spotted paddling through the waves each morning and several surf schools operate along the beach. The best part is that relaxing feel and slower pace of life. It was a wonderful day. Thank you, Australia!

Insiders Tips for Bondi Beach

Where to Eat and Drink

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach has an amazing view. Photo by Tijana.

I loved the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. The views are stunning and it is a must-see place. You’ll need reservations to book lunch and dinner, and the place is always full. It is a small, slick and modern place yet the feel is intimate.

The bar has a smaller menu for the food and an extensive one for drinks. Good news, the bar shares a dessert menu with the restaurant. I had an amazing Cioccolato e Noci cake. The bar is a first come first served, with a great vibe and incredible views.

There is also Icebergs Terrace, which I’ve heard is spectacular during summer. (Remember that seasons are opposites than in Northern Hemisphere and North America).

Also, for a more casual vibe and fare, check Bucket List by the beach. It is good for drinks and food, and very lively.

Bondi Icebergs Pool Information

1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Phone: 02 9130 4804

Website:  www.icebergs.com.au

Opening hours:
Monday 6.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 6.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 6.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday pool closed for cleaning*
Friday 6.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday 6.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday 6.30am – 6.30pm

How to Get There


Uber works very well in Australia. Prices to Bondi oscillate quite a bit depending on the time of day. Remember to update Uber App with your SIM cards Australian number, if you got one at the airport. I highly recommend it.

Public Transport

Sydney has excellent public transport so you can reach Bondi via the metro and bus. Your best bet is to get Opal Card Pass since sometimes you cannot purchase tickets on the bus. You can get a pass at the grocery stores and machines at the stations. More information About Opal Card here.

Sydney, Australia.
Bondi Beach. Sydney, Australia. Photo by Tijana.

Where is It?


  • Ilmari

    Great post. No Kangaroos on the beach?

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      That is a very different story! Kangaroos were very hard to find in Sydney. But, stay tuned. More about Australia coming soon. 🙂

  • Dragana

    Fantastic story Tijana! I feel like I’ve been there with you . Thanks for sharing and making me feel this way !

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Oh, thank you darling for this kind words, they mean a world. I am so happy that you enjoyed it. I loved the part about how it makes you feel. We should catch up. You are the best!

  • svetislav

    one needs to have the courage on such beaches and get into the water

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Yes, that is why the have that Bondi Icebergs pool, where you can swim all year long safely in seawater. Beach is more for surfing. All, however, looks spectacular. Lovely to hear from you.

  • svetislav

    Hope they fill IT with water sometime………hahaha

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      It is filled with seawater everyday, but Thursday – then they clean it. Every Thursday. You can swim there all year round. Quite stunning location.

  • Kail

    I would love to live close to something this beautiful.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      I get how you feel. Makes you wonder if we could truly choose that place what kind of life we would have? I think you would love Australian vibe. Let’s go!

  • Seb

    I am really impressed along with your writing skills and also with the structure for your blog. Is that this a paid subject matter or did you do it yourself? Anyway stay up the nice high-quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a nice weblog like this one these days.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you for your kind words! I wrote it myself and took photos, this is not a sponsored post. I do appreciate your kind words. I am open to doing sponsored posts if clients need it and if it aligns with what Zest &curiosoty audiences enjoy.

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