Bondi to Bronte Walk
The Bondi to Bronte walk, including Tamarama and Mackenzies Bay, is one of the most iconic walking trails in Sydney. The panoramic views of the South Pacific Ocean and the coastal cliffs are absolutely breathtaking.
As you walk on top of the sandstone cliffs, between two of Sydney’s most famous beaches, the trail takes you right on top of the ocean. There are lots of vantage points along the way where you can rest up and soak in the amazing views and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot some whales and dolphins.
– Distance: 2.5 km (one way)
– Time: 1.5 hours (including stops)
– Difficulty: Easy
– Kid friendly: Yes
– Good for running: Yes
– Dog friendly: On a leash
– Enjoy Sydney’s most famous beach: Bondi
– Stunning views
– Lunch/picnic at Bronte Park
– Swimming at one of the beaches
– Sculpture by the Sea (Oct/Nov)
Bondi Beach has 2 large parking areas right next to the beach. Parking is a bit pricey here but at least you’re close to everything. Plenty of buses depart from CBD and Bondi Junction to Bondi.
Bondi Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in Australia. Bondi has everything a beach resort needs: a wide and long, beautifully shaped strip of sandy beach, great swimming and surfing conditions, lots of restaurants and cafes, picnic areas, a promenade and a classic pavilion.
With a long and rich history, Bondi Beach defines Australian beach culture, and is listed on the Australian National Heritage List. The Bondi surf life saving club deserves a special mention as it is recongised as the oldest surf life saving club in the world, having been around for almost a century.
1. Bondi to Tamarama Walk
– Distance: 1.5 km
– Time: 1 hour (including stops)
– Difficulty: Easy (some steep stairs)
The first part of the Bondi to Bronte walk officially starts at Notts Avenue, close to the famous Bondi Icebergs Club. You can get here by walking south, past Bondi Park, away from Bondi Beach.
Bondi Icebergs is a landmark in Bondi where you can enjoy a great meal and a cold drink against the backdrop of the ocean. Just as iconic is the Bondi Icebergs Pool, located literally right next to the ocean. Swimming in this historic pool is popular all year round, even in winter when die-hard locals happily do their laps. Try it yourself, for only a few dollars you will have a very unique experience.
From Bondi Icebergs you start your walk on a concrete waterfront walkway that will give you a good taste of all the goodness that’s to come. From here you’ll enjoy beautiful views over Bondi Beach and North Bondi.
Climb up the stairs at the end of the walkway, and you’ll get to a lookout point offering amazing views far north as well as south.
Above the walkway and just behind the look-out is Marks Park, a large, flat park area with good viewpoints to see Bondi Beach. Keep an eye out for Aboriginal rock cravings in this area.
Mackenzies Bay, around the other side of Marks Park, is a little rocky bay that turns into a small beach every few years. Legend has it that Mackenzies Bay turns into Mackenzies Beach every seven years but this hasn’t been backed up by scientific evidence.
A very small strip of beach does indeed sometimes appear, typically at the beginning of Winter, although it has never officially been classified as a beach.
Sculpture By The Sea
The Sculpture by the Sea event takes place every year in late October til early November and lasts for three weeks. This hugely popular event attracts more than 500,000 people and showcases extraordinary artistic sculptures, spread out between Marks Park and Tamarama Park.
With the ocean and the coastal cliffs in the background, this event is a great day out for both locals and tourists.
2. Tamarama to Bronte Walk
– Distance: 1 km
– Time: 30 minutes (including stops)
– Difficulty: Easy
The second stretch of the Bondi to Bronte walk is slightly shorter than the first leg, running from Tamarama Beach to Bronte Beach, including Tamarama Park and Bronte Park.
Tamarama Beach is also known as “Glamarama” by the locals because of all the beautiful people that go sunbathing here. Tamarama offers good, yet somewhat rough, surfing conditions.
The beach itself is relatively small and narrow but cozy, with a couple of popular volleyball courts.
The water conditions at Tamarama, with deep water and strong rip currents, are usually not very suitable for swimming and are often considered to be dangerous.
This is why Tamarama Beach has become the ideal spot for sunbathing and for simply hanging out, rather than swimming.
It’s important to not ignore directions given by the local surf life savers (Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club) as Tamarama has one of the highest rescues per thousand beach users of all beaches in New South Wales.
Just behind the beach you’ll find Tamarama Park with great BBQ and picnic facilities. This area has recently been upgraded and now features a modern cafe where you can enjoy a coffee and a snack, overlooking the beach.
You will reach Bronte Beach by following the coastline along Tamarama Marine Drive and Bronte Marine Drive. Bronte Beach is larger than Tamarama Beach and is a very family friendly place.
Just like Tamarama, Bronte’s water conditions can be very dangerous at times so it’s essential that you follow the directions of the much needed surf life savers.
Bronte Park, just behind the beach, is a large, grassy area that offers excellent BBQ and picnic facilities. The strip of hipster cafes just down the road is a nice area to hang out for a coffee and a bite. Don’t forget to check out Bronte’s famous rock pool, right at the south end of the beach.
The Bondi To Bronte walk is a truly unique experience and the iconic beaches and coastal views are simply unparalleled. The walk is fairly easy to do, with well-marked pathways with some inclines and a few steep parts. Along the trail are lots of cafes, restaurants, toilets and showers, pools and parks.
The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is also hugely popular with joggers as it’s such a beautiful and inspiring place to do your work-out. You will see heaps of runners going back and forth along the trail so be prepared. There are also several basic work-out stations where you can do exercises such as pull-ups and step-ups.
If you still have enough energy after arriving in Bronte, you can continue the coastal walking trail all the way to Maroubra. This part of the hike features the famous Waverley cemetery, Clovelly Beach with excellent snorkeling conditions, Gordons Bay, beautiful Coogee Beach and surfing hot-spot Maroubra.
Bondi to Bronte Walk Map
A good starting point for the iconic Bondi to Bronte walking trail is at Notts Avenue, close to Bondi Icebergs Club. From there simply keep heading south along the coast. If you prefer, you can also start the walk at Bronte Beach and make your way up north to Bondi Beach.