A few good reasons to wake up early in Bondi...
Bring your Santa Hats, Leave your Booze...
Happy Christmas Day!
We just took a stroll down to the beach and did a little reccy on the situation with alcohol today. It seems that the security is pretty serious down there. This year the council have upped the number of people doing bag checks at the entrances to the beach. You need to show them the contents of your bag before being allowed down onto the sand and water. If you have alcohol (yep, even inside a disguised container - we tested them) you'll not be allowed to proceed to the beach. They're also checking for weapons, and anything else that looks a bit suss.
Checking in at the beach. You are not allowed to bring any alcohol onto the beach today. Guys like these are stationed all along the entrances to the beach.
Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ) on Bondi Beach Christmas Day
By now you might have noticed the signs up about Bondi's Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ) on Christmas Day. The council, police and security guards have a reputation for confiscating anything resembling alcohol on Christmas Day, and crushing backpacker's jolly Christmas dreams. Our advice is not to bother - you really won't be able to drink alcohol on Bondi Beach on Christmas Day.
But don't just take our word for it - A first hand experience of Christmas Day written by a traveller to Bondi Beach
"We huddled beneath a shelter, exchanging gifts (all bought from the dollar shop) and getting stuck into a box of goon that was swiftly confiscated by the police. So much for Christmas cheer!"
What are Your Plans?
Your best bet is to either not drink at all on Christmas Day, or head to one of the licensed premises close to Bondi Beach. The venues open on Christmas Day are listed here.
Australia's first beach to offer FREE WiFi? Bondi Beach of course!
Waverley Council have recently launched an awesome new initiative - FREE WiFi at Bondi Beach. For travellers this is great news as you can now easily stay connected to the web and new friends at Bondi Beach. No longer will you need to worry about running out of data on your device at Bondi Beach. Your holidays spent running out of credit at internet cafes are also officially over. The free WiFi will be here all summer long... Think of it as a holiday gift from the Waverley Council.
Here's what Mayor Sally Betts said about the initiative:
"with about 2 million visitors flocking to Bondi Beach and Park annually, we want to be able to offer the best possible beach experience we can."
The FREE WiFi is for all to enjoy this holiday period. Enjoy!
Your Bondi Summer Oasis - Where to Chill Out in Bondi
Bondi really knows how to celebrate summer with outdoor parties, festivals, Christmas parties, house parties, and NYE celebrations.
It’s nice to know about the little oases around Bondi perfect for re-charging, centering and chilling out during your downtime.
Here are some hidden treasures...
1. Unwind inside a beautiful books store/cafe with wall to wall books and delicious café fare - Gertrude and Alice bookstore café on Hall St,
2. Bring a book and hide away from the sun under shady trees on the North and South end of the Bondi Beach,
3. Head into the quiet lobby of Swiss Grand hotel and order up lattes while relaxing on comfy couches and watching the international jet-setters pass by.
4. Take a yoga class at any of the following places, Dharma Shala, Finding Lotus or Yoga By The Sea - all are guaranteed to chill you out!