Throughout the year we have a habit to anxiously await for the summer to come, we keep planning our vacation; count the days till we meet the ocean again and while we finally enjoy the pleasures of the summer season the next thing we know – the summer is over. Until the next year, that is.
Well everybody, we’ve found the perfect beach for those nostalgic tourists who cannot face the cold days that winter is preparing for them. It is called Bondi Beach or Bondi Bay. It’s located just 7 km east of the Sidney central business district and is one of the most visited places in Australia.
The name “Bondi” or “Boondi” originates from the Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks.The coast is one kilometer long and its golden sands and turquoise waters are not considered to be the only thing that makes Bondi Beach an iconic Sydney attraction. There are plenty of activities that can make you forget about your day-to-day functioning. First of all, surfing is the main activity for the beach goers but you don’t need to be a skilled surfer to try the waves out. There are severalexcellent surf schools that are offering lessons. The novices are learning to surf in the protected areas and the experienced surfers head to the south end of the beach.
Don’t like surfing? Not a problem, you can enjoy beach volleyball or golfing instead. And what if I tell you that Bondi Beach hosted the beach volleyball competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics? Or that you can watch the whales between May and November from the nine-hole golf course which is located on the cliff-top? I’m sure you won’t resist it.
Tourists can also enjoy a nice relaxing swim right next to the big waves. The Olympic-size outdoor pool also known as Iceberg Pool is public and the view is dramatic indeed.Also, despite those shark nets that are used for protection of the swimmers, you’ll feel much safer knowing the fact that Bondi Beach was the place where the world’s first lifesaving club was founded in 1907. Those guys and girls have a lot stories to tell, I’m sure.
If you don’t feel like swimming anymore, you can always go on a long coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. Bondi’s Farmers Market is also a perfect place to wander. You’ll have the chance to explore new artisanal foods sold by the people who make them. It’s such an idyllic place to be in Sunday morning. For the ‘impulsive’ buyers there’s a huge range of shops waiting to be checked out, selling everything from quality swimwear and designer clothes to antiques. While you’re all dressed up, you might as well visit the art galleries beforepicking up a restaurant with a stunning view to spice your dinner up.
So, my question for you at the end of this Bondi Beach story would be: Do you want to celebrate your New Year’s Eve in bikinis and shorts? If yes, Bondi Beach is the right place for you.