One of the best things about Sydney is that it only takes 20 minutes by public transportation to go from the towering CBD to the crashing waves of world-famous Bondi Beach. It is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, with plenty of things to do on and around the strip. If you are looking for things to do in Sydney, a trip to Bondi Beach will definitely be one of the major highlights.
But a better way to enjoy the coastline and immerse yourself in some nature is to go on a walk from Bondi Beach to lesser-known, but not less beautiful, Bronte Beach. At first I was not planning on going, because I thought this Bondi to Bronte walk was going to involve some serious hiking. But then I met a local, who told me it was actually a leisure walk that would only take 30 minutes!
So I went on a Saturday and I am so glad I did! Getting to Bondi Beach by public transportation is pretty easy. Take the train to Bondi Junction station, which is on the orange T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line, and hop on bus 333, 380 or 381 from the bus interchange there. I got on bus 381 that day, which had a slightly roundabout route, but only slightly.
I alighted at the first stop by the beach, got myself a $10 sunglasses because I thoughtlessly forgot mine, crossed the road, and just started following the path that ran by the water. I soon found out that the Bondi to Bronte path was actually a very popular morning jog route for locals. I stood out like a sore thumb, being the only person (an Asian some more) NOT in exercise attire and carrying a big camera. But I didn’t really mind because I totally loved the walk.
The first thing that I came upon was Bondi Icebergs. I guarantee most of you would have seen a photo of this legendary swimming pool somewhere before. It was too cold to swim, and I never planned to anyway, so I just took photos and walked on.
The path took me across some really pretty sceneries and a couple of lovely beaches along the way. There was a small breakfast place by one of the beaches, and a store at Bronte Beach at the very end, so in case you forgot to bring water (like me!) you could get some along the way. I also bought a sausage roll at the Bronte Beach store and sat at a bench eating my breakfast while enjoying the view.
After having my fill of the sea, I got on a bus back to the city from Bronte Beach. This is also another convenient point about the walk: there are buses going back to Bondi Junction station and the city from both Bondi and Bronte beaches. So you have the option to do a one way trip from Bondi to Bronte and then get on a bus out (like me!), or you can also make a return trip starting and ending at Bondi.
If you love the sea, this Bondi to Bronte walk has to be right on top of your “things to do in Sydney” list. It was just such a lovely way to start a weekend – drinking in the ocean views, watching the waves roll in and enjoying the salty breeze. It was so relaxing! It made me think I had just gained a new life goal – to move to Australia, buy a house by the bay and have picnics on the beach every day.