Bondi Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Bondi Beach or Bondi Bay ( /ˈbɒndaɪ/ bon-dy) is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. “Bondi” or “Boondi” is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks. It is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi, North Bondi and Bondi Junction are neighbouring suburbs. Bondi Beach is listed as part of the Australian National Heritage List in 2008.
The road builder William Roberts received a grant of land in the area in 1809. In 1851, Edward Smith Hall and Francis O’Brien purchased 200 acres (0.81 km2) of the Bondi area that included most of the beach frontage, which was named the “The Bondi Estate.” Between 1855 and 1877, O’Brien purchased his father-in-law’s share of the land, renamed the land the “O’Brien Estate,” and made the beach and the surrounding land available to the public as a picnic ground and amusement resort.
Surf Life Saving Australia has given different hazard ratings to Bondi Beach in 2004. The southern side is rated as a 7 due to a famous rip current known as the “Backpackers’ Express” because of its closeness to the bus stop, and the reluctance of tourists to walk the length of the beach to safer swimming. It is generally kept for surfboard riding.
There is an underwater shark net shared, during the summer months, with other beaches along the southern part of the coast. Pods of whales and dolphins have been sighted in the bay during the months of migration. Fairy penguins, while uncommon, are sometimes also seen swimming close to shore or amongst surfers in southern line-up.