Interesting Facts About Bondi Beach (2022)

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Last Updated on September 5, 2022 by worldoftravelswithkids

Bondi Beach is perhaps one of the most famous beaches in the world.  It certainly is one of Sydney’s (and Australia’s) most iconic beaches.  Seeing that Bondi Beach’s history goes way back, of course, there would be many cool facts about Bondi Beach to share.  Things like where is Bondi Beach and what makes Bondi Beach so famous?

It is not just Bondi Beach that tourists (and Australians) fall in love with.  Don’t get us wrong Bondi Beach is a top tourist destination, and for good reason.  However, with so many beaches in Australia, we will also share some awesome beaches in Australia facts as well.

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Facts about Bondi Beach – Beaches in Australia Facts

 

Where is Bondi Beach Located?

Bondi Beach is located in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia.  If someone asks you were Bondi Beach is located,  you can tell them that it is approximately 4 miles (or around 9km) east of the Sydney CBD – on the coast of course!

If Sydney Australia interests you or perhaps you will be vacationing there, then read our Things To Do In Sydney For KidsBest Weekend Getaways from Sydney and Facts About Sydney Harbour Bridge And Sydney Facts For Kids.

In fact, Bondi Beach isn’t the only super popular tourist destination in Sydney.  There is also the Sydney Opera House which you can read about in The Most Interesting Sydney Opera House Facts For Kids.  There is so many great things to do and see in Sydney Australia.  Bondi is an iconic beach in an iconic city.

Looking for info on Sydney’s most famous places?  More facts for kids here:

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What is the Meaning of Bondi?

“Bondi” is an Aboriginal word that translates into something like “water breaking over rocks”.  The Aboriginal people were various groups of indigenous Australians.  As the first custodians of Australian land, they named this beach.

Perhaps it is named as such because there are rock cliffs just to the left of the beach?

 

Can you Tell me More about Bondi Beach History?

There are definitely some really cool Bondi Beach facts to learn.  The Bondi Beach history certainly adds to those interesting facts.  Originally, Bondi Beach was a private beach.  It wasn’t until 1882 that it was opened to the public.

Since then it has grown in popularity to become one of the most (if not THE most) popular beaches in Australia.  Other popular beaches are Surfers Paradise in Queensland,  Bells Beach in Victoria and Cottesloe Beach in Perth, one of the Best Beaches in Western Australia

Certainly Bondi Beach is one of the most famous landmarks in Sydney.  It is also probably one of the most famous beaches in the world, alongside Tulum in the Mexican Caribbean,  Copacabana in  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  and of course, Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

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What are the Bondi Icebergs?

So how in the world is Bondi beach associated with icebergs? Well, a Bondi Beach facts for kids is that Bondi Beach does have icebergs.  But … not the sort of icebergs you might imagine.  The Bondi Icebergs Club is a winter swimming club located at Bondi Beach.  Literally, it is a swimming pool set up over the cliff of Bondi Beach that people swim in year-round.  So, the Bondi Icebergs are the wintertime swimmers at this club.

In fact, the pool the they swim in is famously photographed and can be seen in many a tourists Instagram photos.  It could be considered one of the famous landmarks in Sydney.

 

How Long is Bondi Beach?

While Bondi Beach is certainly famous and hosts many visitors, it is not a particularly huge beach.  It is about 1 kilometer long, roughly .6 miles.  You can imagine that in the summer it can be packed with tourists and locals alike catching some rays and cooling off.

However, with so many popular beaches in Australia (and Sydney alone) there are certainly other great beach spots for people to hang out.

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How many People Visit Bondi Beach Each Year?

Speaking of Bondi being crowded, it is estimated that about 2.6 million people visit Bondi Beach each year.  Now that is a stunning facts about Bondi Beach!  It is pretty much impossible to gauge this exactly because it is a public beach where people come and go.

On a busy day, it is estimated that about 40,000 people can visit Bondi Beach in one day!  Can you imagine how crowded that would be!

Why is Bondi Beach Famous?

While the beach itself is gorgeous, one of the factors that helped Bondi Beach become internationally famous is the reality shows.  The tv shows “Bondi Vet” and mainly “Bondi Rescue” helped bring Bondi Beach to the livings rooms of people in over 100 countries.

Besides that, Bondi Beach is just a gorgeous beach to visit.  The sun, golden sand, warm water temperatures, and local stores all help make Bondi Beach a top tourist destination and one of the top Sydney Australia landmarks.

 

What do you Mean I Can’t Wear a Bikini at Bondi Beach?

While this isn’t the case today, it was in the past.  A cool Bondi Beach history fact is that the beach was at the heart of the fight for decency laws regarding beach attire.  From 1935 to 1961, there were laws about what you could and could not wear to the beach.  The bikini was certainly not acceptable and there were actually people that measured the length of beachgoers’ swimming costumes.

In 1961 it was determined that one must be dressed in proper attire but didn’t make specifications.  As the years went on people forgot about the decency laws.  By the 1980s Bondi Beach has become a place for topless sunbathers, with no one protesting.

  

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What is the Backpackers Rip at Bondi Beach?

The Backpackers Rip is the rip current that is central to the beach.  It is so-called because many tourists or “backpackers” don’t realize that this seemingly calm water is actually a dangerous rip-current.  Many tourists head straight for the closest part of the ocean, not knowing the danger.

Flags and signs have been put up warning people of the dangers.  Of course, lifeguards are also alert and on duty.

 

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Why is There a Shark Net at Bondi Beach?

While shark attack deaths are rare in Australia, they do happen.  Since they began keeping records, there are have been 13 shark attacks documented at Bondi Beach.

So, with the popularity of the beach, shark nets were put in place in 1937.  While the nets to detour or trap sharks, the nets are not 100% foolproof.  In recent years there have actually been studies that state the shark nets are really ineffective.  In fact, in recent years there have been several incidents of the waters being evacuated as a Great White Shark has gotten past the shark nets and is seen stalking people in the water.  The presence of sharks is one of the facts about Bondi Beach that is inescapable.  After all, the ocean is their home.

What is the Hottest Temperature ever Recorded at Bondi Beach?

On January 7th, 2018 the temperature climbed to 43.7 degree celsius or 117.14 Fahrenheit!  That is insanely hot.  In fact, it was so hot that Sydney residents were encouraged to stay indoors because of poor air quality.  Power even had to be turned off in some areas to prevent blackouts.  However, many Sydneysiders still flocked to Bondi to try and cool off in the ocean.

Is Bondi Beach Home to any World Records?

Since Bondi Beach is so famous, you would think it would be home to some record breaking events.  Well, if you think that you would be right.  Bondi Beach has been the site of not one but two Guinness Book of World Record events.

In 2007, the largest photo swimsuit photoshoot took place at Bondi Beach.  More than 1000 women gathered to take place in this Guinness World Record event.  Then, in 2015, the largest surfing lesson every to take place was held at Bondi.  A whopping 320 people, most who dressed up as Santa Claus, took place in this record-breaking event.

One of the Most-Famous Coastal Walks starts at Bondi

That is right, the famous Bondi to Coogee walk starts off at Bondi Beach.  This 6 km, one way, walk passes the famous Bronte Baths on the way to Coogee Beach.  During certain times of the year you may be able to spot whales and dolphins along the route.

And, although Coogee Beach is not as popular as Bondi Beach, it is considered the safest beach in Sydney and all of NSW for that matter.

 

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Mandalay Beach Western Australia

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How Many Beaches in Australia are There?

Good question, I have no idea how many beaches there are in Australia.  Google reveals between 10,000 and 12,000 beaches in Australia.  My guess is that in a country with a coastline of 25,760 kilometers, (just over 16,000 miles) no one really knows!  I know in my home area, there are many small un-named beaches that only the locals know about.  It makes me wonder if they have been counted!

In short, if you are looking for the number of beaches in Australia, you would be safe to say around 11,000.

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Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, North Queensland

What are the Most Popular Beaches in Australia?

With over 100 beaches in Sydney alone, there are a lot of beaches to explore.  Beaches, like friends, are subjective.  People like different things in a beach.  Some like white sand, and turquoise waters and don’t mind the people, while others will prefer to travel a long distance to enjoy a beach by themselves.

Some of the most popular beaches we have visited are:

  • Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island, North Queensland
  • Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, North Queensland
  • Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia
  • Mandalay Beach, Walpole Western Australia

In fact, Western Australia has some pretty amazing beaches all around, that we have covered in a great post about the Best Beaches Of Western Australia.

And most likely the winner is –

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Lucky Bay, Western Australia

Lucky Bay Esperance

With white sands, turquoise waters, and friendly local kangaroos, it doesn’t get much better than Lucky Bay.  Want to know more, read our An Awesome Perth To Esperance Road Trip And Explore The Esperance Beaches.

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The Verdict – Bondi Beach Facts for Kids & Beaches in Australia Facts

We hope you have enjoyed our facts about Bondi Beach and beaches in Australia facts!  With Bondi Beach being so popular, we are sure that many of you have visited.  Let us know in the comments below if you have any other interesting Bondi Beach facts to share.

Australia is our home.  We love learning new beaches in Australia facts and hope that you do too.

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