Here are a few tips on getting to Bondi Beach now that you know about all the great things that are happening here.
Bondi Junction is about 2km from Bondi Beach and it’s down a long, steep and pretty windy road so you won’t want to walk, especially if you’re here in Summer.
Train: Bondi Junction is on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line (the blue line). You can view the Sydney trains map here. If you’re coming from the city, you’ll be getting on the train at Central, Town Hall or Martin Place and from there it’s a short 10-15 minute journey to Bondi Junction (3 stops).
Bus: Once you get to Bondi Junction you’ll be in the same building as the bus station. Just follow the signs to the buses and look out for bus numbers 380, 381, 382 or 333 and you’ll be at the beach in 15 minutes.
Buses run every 10 minutes or less during peak times (before 7.30pm) and all through the night but at less frequent intervals.
You can go to www.sydneybuses.info to plan your bus journey and find out more about timetables.
You can catch a bus all the way here, but it’s definitely the ‘scenic route’ and if you don’t want to limit the time you have, you might want to do the train and bus combination and get here more quickly.
All the buses coming from the city start from Circular Quay, taking around 45 minutes. They start at Alfred Street, which is opposite Customs House (nearest to ferry wharf 2). Look for buses numbered 380 or 333 (destination will be North Bondi, Dover Heights, Watsons Bay or Bondi Beach).
There’s also a 389 bus, but this goes through the back streets to North Bondi and won’t drop you directly at the waterfront. Don’t panic if you get on this bus by mistake, it will only be a few blocks to walk if you get off on Glenayr Avenue but it may take another 15 minutes out of your precious sun-soaking time.
All buses going back to the city also go via the Bondi Junction bus terminal.
Bus: You can catch any of the buses with number 380 or 333 but they should have Circular Quay as the destination (not Bondi Junction- or you’ll have to get off and get a train from there).
Train: You can catch any of the buses and get off at the Bondi Junction bus station.
You could drive of course, however parking is pretty tricky around Bondi. Most of the streets have very expensive, ticketed parking and a lot of the spots have a 1 hour limit. For those who are willing to pay for convenience there is a parking station right along the beach front where you can park for $7 per hour.
If you’re looking for un-ticketed parking you should head up Military Road towards North Bondi and start looking around where the golf course is at the top of the hill. It’s a bit of a schlep back down if you have kids and lots of stuff for the beach, so it might be best to drop the family off first and then look for parking.
If it’s raining and you need to kill some time inside before the sun comes back out you could pop in to the massive Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction. It’s about a 5 minute walk from the train/ bus station – just head out through the mall. You can check out the list of shops and opening times here. I spend far too many rainy weekends and far too much money there!
© Tracey Long, 2014