Sydney Staycations: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play in Bondi
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- North Bondi Fish, Photography Federica Portentoso/Zac Sykes
When looking for your next getaway destination, look no further than Sydney's vast backyard. With summer fast approaching, take your vacay beachside for a glorious weekend in Bondi. The perfect mix of urban and coastal living, Bondi is a treasure trove of places to explore. Whether you are looking for adventure or a gastronomic tour, there are plenty of things to do that suit all staycationers. To help narrow down the choices, we'e hand-picked the essential places to eat, drink, and visit in this iconic beachside suburb. Don't worry, you can thank us later!
Boasting one of the best views in Sydney, QT Bondi is the ultimate boutique, beachside retreat. Like its sister properties, the design-focused hotel has a theme, and here, it’s barefoot luxury. The colourful interiors and neon-lit palm trees set the scene for your trendy coastal vacay. If you’re planning to stay beachside for the duration of your stay, this is the hotel for you. Even better, when you book their 'Bondi, Our Way' package, you don't just get an overnight stay but also a guest pass for Icebergs Club Pool, VIP dinner reservation, a bottle of Australian wine and goodie hamper filled with natural Bondi Wash products. Now that's what we call an all-inclusive, staycation package.
Package: Bondi, Our Way*
- Overnight accommodation at QT Bondi
- Guest pass for Icebergs Club Pool
- Bottle of Australian Red Wine
- Hamper filled with Bondi Beach goodies
- VIP dinner reservation via one of our restaurant partners (reservation only)
Price: From $349 per night
Pacific Bondi- 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Combine beautiful, Scandi-inspired interiors with perfectly executed dishes, and you know you’re at Drake. Set on the corner of Curlewis and Gould Street, Drake Eatery serves fresh, modern Australian dishes that are both creative and delicious. With a breakfast and combined lunch-dinner menu, food lovers are spoilt for choice – the honey, ricotta crumpet and thyme gnocchi are standouts.
Curlewis St and Gould St, Bondi Beach
Serving up some of Sydney's best seafood, and the perfect spot for a leisurely ladies lunch, North Bondi Fish is a local dining institution. The relaxed space is the epitome of coastal chic, with timber furniture and pastel hues setting the tone for an ocean-centric meal. The menu is fresh and designed to share, but totally understand if you want all 1kg of the XO mussels for yourself. Sitchu tip: in summer book a seat on the deck. Sunshine, views and delicious food...what's not to love?
120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
There are very few oceanfront views more iconic than Icebergs. Perfectly placed to take advantage of Bondi’s delicious sea air, the Dining Room offers an evolving menu based on regional Italian cuisine. If you suffer from menu envy, the Icebergs tasting menu of signature dishes is a safe option. Our advice? Get there a little earlier and sip on an Aperol spritz before your meal.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
A converted radio station, Neighbourhood's cosy wine and cocktail bar serves up moreish share plates in cosy surroundings. The mac and cheese and loaded tater tots are crowd favourites, along with delicious cocktails – there's a reason locals love this laid-back watering hole. Nab a seat in the back courtyard if you can, and sip on your beverage of choice, while taking in the scene.
143 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach
An ultra-cool venue inside Bondi's luxe, designer development The Pacific, Panama House is a fun, beachside eatery serving up Central and South American cuisine. With its warehouse vibe, think exposed bricks and white tiles, delicious range of cocktails (margarita anyone?), and unitterupted beach views, Panama House is the kind of place you'll have a hard time leaving.
180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
No walk in Sydney’s south trumps the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, and the crowds here attest to its popularity. Covering the coastline of the Eastern Suburbs’ best beaches, the walk is about six kilometres, so it makes for a pleasant run or leisurely walk. Passing Tamarama, Bronte and Bondi’s Icebergs, there's plenty of opportunity for coffee stops, quick dips and Instagram shots, but this famous coastal walk wouldn't be complete without an ocean swim or a few finishing laps at Icebergs.
Quieter than its southern neighbour, the Federation Cliff Walk begins in Watson’s Bay (a drink at the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel is optional), and gives keen walkers panoramic views of the Tasman Sea. This secluded track features ocean views and dramatic sandstone cliffs, taking walkers through parklands and past the Macquarie Lighthouse, before ending at Robertson Park, which doubles as a great picnic spot. Lining the coastline to Dover Heights, this five-kilometre walk can be extended to reach Bondi, making it a total 7km walk.
If you’re in the mood to splash some cash – especially on Australian-made wares – Bondi's Gould Street is a great place to start. There’s a range of boutiques dotted along the street, but local favourites include Camilla, Tuchuzy, Kit & Ace, Uashmama, Playa by Lucy Folk, Saturdays and Watson x Watson.
Gould Street, Bondi Beach
Weekend markets are a rite of passage for Bondi locals. On Saturdays, the Bondi Farmers Markets are full of stalls selling organic produce, freshly baked bread and all sorts of gourmet goods. The corn fritter stand is a local favourite. On Sundays, the focus shifts to clothing, jewellery, art and homewares.
Bondi Beach Public School- Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
A coastal and cultural feast of the senses, Sculpture by the Sea has taken over Bondi’s iconic coastal walk. Stretching from Bondi to Tamarama, the trail will be interspersed with beautiful sculptures hand-crafted by a selection of leading artists and emerging talent from Australia and beyond. Take a stroll along the stunning Bondi coastline and see over 100 thought-provoking creations.
Bondi Beach to Tamarama
151 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach
Biddigal Reserve (a.k.a North Bondi Grassy Knoll)
Perched beside picturesque Ben Buckler Point with views all the way down to the Southern-end, the unassuming grassy knoll at North Bondi is a hive of activity. Come summer this patch of grass is a prime piece of real estate for young families by the pool, picnicking millennials and surfers checking out the swell. For a lazy afternoon in the sun, pick up some takeaway or pack a picnic, along with speakers, chairs and rugs, to enjoy a meal with a view.
Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
A stay in Bondi would be incomplete without mentioning Bondi icon, Icebergs. One of the most Instagrammed ocean pools around (and for good reason), the 50-metre ocean pool sits at the southern end of Bondi Beach and forms part of the Bondi Iceberg Club. Entry will set you back five dollars, so settle in for the day and make the most of their facilities including sauna, gym and, of course, dining.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach