Visiting Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia was an absolute must. Prior to going I’d spent months scrolling my life away on Instagram staring longingly at the gorgeous white sands and clear waters. Our hostel, Wake Up, was smack in the middle of the city, so on our second day in Sydney we headed out bright and early and caught the bus to Bondi.
When we arrived we had a bit of a mad dash to the surf school as we were too wrapped up in the excitement of it all to bother finding out where it was, but that didn’t stop us from taking in the stunning scenery that surrounded us. I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched Bondi Rescue one too many times, so even seeing the little lifeguard hut was good enough for me. The Friday morning that we visited was gorgeously sunny and warm, unlike the previous day, which made for perfect surfing conditions.
I booked our surf lesson back in August through Let’s Go Surfing as a surprise for Darryl’s Birthday. I’d tampered with the idea of booking a private lesson, but as the normal lessons were only a maximum of five people I decided to book that – but just opt for a longer surf time instead. Lucky for us, two people didn’t show up, so Darryl, a lovely Korean lady and I had pretty much undivided attention from the instructor the entire time.
And wow, what an experience! Not only did I manage to stand up multiple times, but I actually enjoyed it, which I really didn’t think I would! I won’t lie, ninety minutes of constantly battling the waves and scrambling around in the sand in what were surprisingly freezing cold waters is not easy, but the thrill of it distracts you from the bad bits. Whilst a surf lesson is quite pricey, it is completely worth it and I’d do it again in a heart beat!
After our lesson it was around 2pm and naturally we were now staving, but during our search for food the biggest, angriest storm I’ve ever seen in my life rolled in across the coast line. I kid you not, this storm was so bizarre it even made UK news, and later on in the day I had friends and family members sending me links to pictures and images of the monstrosity. Amazingly it literally just rained and there wasn’t a hint of thunder or lighting in sight, despite it looking like the end of the world, but it was seriously impressive nonetheless! During the storm we pitched up in the local McDonald’s for some lunch. I know, I know. Going to the other side of the world to eat McDonald’s isn’t something we’re proud of, but when on a backpacker’s budget, classy joints just aren’t an option my friends. But just for the record, Australian McDonald’s is way better…
Sadly the miserable weather didn’t leave the beach so we spent the afternoon walking around in the drizzle wrapped in a towel, but when in Aus you suck it up and make the most of it, right? Before catching the bus back to the city we checked out the famous outdoor pool at Bondi Icebergs Club and then did the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte which was really lovely. Nicer in the sun no doubt, but still a great experience. Whilst we were there they also has this pretty spectacular art expo on, so the walk was pretty packed, but it was a great way to see the coastline in all its frothy, glistening glory.
Overall, Bondi was incredible, and I would go back in an instant! Plus I’m pretty sure Darryl left his heart there, so hopefully one day we can return, perhaps just not in the rainy season…
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