Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and its not hard to see why with its perpetually crystal blue water and golden sand.
The name Bondi comes from the aboriginal word meaning ‘water breaking over rocks’. It’s located about 4 miles east of the Sydney CBD and is a must-see.
There is a collection of Aboriginal drawings on rocks near Bondi beach. This indicates that the beach has probably been an area of interest to the indigenous people of Australia for a long time before the arrival of Europeans.
Swimming was mostly forbidden at Bondi beach because of the perceived threat of what was in the water. In spite of this, buses began to run there in the 1850s and the prohibition of bathing during daylight hours wasn’t taken that seriously. It wasn’t until 1882 that the government made the beach public by law and trams started to run there. An amusement park opened there in 1887!
The world’s first surf lifesaving club started at Bondi in 1907. The lifesaving club started spreading awareness of beach safety and their infamous red and yellow colour scheme has been adopted by coast guards everywhere. Another claim to fame is that the world-famous Speedos launched in Bondi in 1928!
With the 50s came surf culture. Duke Kahanamoku and Isabelle Latham were the first people to surf the Bondi waters and decades later the culture had been well and truly established. Surfing is a very popular sport in Australia and Bondi beach is one of the premier places in the world to surf.
The Festival of the Winds is a kite festival that started in 1978 on Bondi beach. Fast forward to today and it is one of the biggest and most well-attended kite festivals ever. The festival offers up hundreds of colourful and novel designs every year and is definitely not be missed. With all this rich history and global recognition, it is no surprise that in 2008, Bondi beach was officially named a National Treasure.