Many people talk negatively about social media, saying that it detracts from our every day life and makes us unsocial. I disagree – starting my @whatsnewbondi Instagram feed has opened my eyes to many more beautiful vistas of Bondi, inspired me to take up photography as a hobby, and allowed me to meet some wonderful people who I would otherwise never have encountered.
I now set my alarm once a week to head to the beach for sunrise photo opportunities, and take more interest in the architecture, plants and animals that I used to pass by every day without a second glance.
I’m no professional photographer but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed capturing images of Bondi Beach that I’ll treasure forever. I thought I’d share some of my favourite Bondi Beach photographic vantage points and I’d love to hear about yours too.
Photographs taken from the south of the beach at Bondi Icebergs never fail to deliver. It’s a fantastic spot to capture the full sweep of the beach and is wonderful for captivating sunsets.
During summer it’s lovely to have a cocktail in the Bondi Icebergs bar where you can step out onto the balcony to photograph the bathers and sun bakers enjoying the pool – from some angles it has a very European look.
Stop along the pavement on Notts Avenue or the ramp heading down to the pool for great opportunities to capture the wrath of nature as the waves crash mercilessly against the sea wall.
2. The Bondi Surf Life Guard’s hut, in front of the Bondi Pavilion
Standing just south of the Life Guard’s hut allows you to take in the breath taking sunrises over the tip of North Bondi.
Turn to face South Bondi and you can often capture soft sand runners in the morning, surfers waiting for their next wave, and games of beach volleyball in the afternoon.
3. North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club
There’s always plenty to see at the outdoor ‘muscle beach‘ gym, and a fab Bondi mural as a backdrop to North Bondi beach scenes.
4. The community art wall along the beach promenade
There seems to be a new addition to Bondi Beach’s community art wall almost every week. I love watching the artists creating their colourful masterpieces and chatting to them about their inspiration. Many of the current artworks invite passers by to get involved by allowing viewers to become part of the artwork in a photo.
5. The ocean pool at North Bondi
Besides being the place for families, the ocean pool at North Bondi offers great views to the south of the beach as well as many photo opportunities including stand-up paddle boarders, ocean swimmers, and dogs enjoying a splash on the rocks.
6. The boat shed
My favourite spot by far. This lovely boat shed and rocky outcrop is tucked away down some steep steps that can be reached from Sam Fiszman Park on the point at North Bondi.
It’s also a great place for taking photos of the entire beach and beach park from the ocean side, or if you’ve got a very long lens, people traversing the Bondi to Bronte walk.
7. The park at Ray O’Keefe reserve
A fantastic elevated spot to view the entire beach from the north and to capture pictures of the tanned and the muscled sunbathing on the ‘grassy knoll’ below.
What’s your favourite spot to take photos of Bondi Beach? I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Tracey @ What’s New Bondi xx