Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia

Tripoto
20th Dec 2013

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Photo of Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia by Ashmi

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Photo of Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia by Ashmi

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Photo of Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia by Ashmi

Bondi Beach

Photo of Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia by Ashmi

Christmas at the Beach

Photo of Sunny Christmas at Bondi Beach, Australia by Ashmi

There’s something to be said about a Christmas spent by the crushed aquamarine waters of Australia’s famed Bondi Beach in suburban Sydney. It’s a winning combination of salty sea-breeze, wide-brimmed hats and the beading of moisture on cocktail glasses everywhere. There’s picnicking, bikini–clad, on a bright beach towel while admiring the light dancing off the sea. Surfers in Santa hats ride foam-capped waves. Cool plunges beneath the waves are followed by quick moments of quiet spent contemplating the perks of Christmas on the shore – the next indie band to put on a show, the night’s festivities and the possibility of a game of beach cricket.

The hotspots are on opposite ends of the promenade: North Bondi Italian Food is a Bondi institution nestled in front of a grassy knoll (which, incidentally, is the ideal picnic spot if you prefer the DIY approach.) It serves no–fuss, fresh Italian fare: their crab spaghetti in a bag is a popular favorite, as is their summer tipple of freshly-squeezed, ruby-red grapefruit juice and vodka. The balcony is a perfect spot for watching suntanned revelers on the beach.
Photo of North Bondi Italian Food, Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi, New South Wales, Australia by Ashmi
To splash-out on an exceptional Christmas meal, go to Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, perched atop the cliff at the south end of the beach, above the Bondi Baths. Nothing beats gazing out at the acid-blue sky, slurping oysters and sipping cocktails at this iconic restaurant and bar (also the location of Sydney’s most infamous and exclusive New Year’s Day party). Set back from the beach are some fabulous drinking dens that typify the Bondi vibe. The Shop and Wine Bar is the pick of the bunch: it’s a cafe by day and buzzing wine bar by night, with stools lining the footpath and a great selection of wines.
Photo of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia by Ashmi
How does everyone in Bondi manage to look so effortlessly cool? They shop on Gould Street. Head to Tuchuzy, an ode to Bondi’s laid-back-luxe style with a mix of local brands like Bec & Bridge and Lover, and international names such as Helmut Lang and Missoni.
Photo of Tuchuzy Bondi Store, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia by Ashmi
If you want to stretch your limbs after sunbathing, there are plenty of ways to get active on Bondi Beach. Bondi Baths at Icebergs has been a local landmark for over 100 years. Do some laps or find a bit of peace in the Christmas chaos with a yoga class by the sea. From here, you can take off on a 2.5 Km Bondi-to-Bronte walk, which runs past a spectacular stretch of sandstone cliffs and coves that house smaller local beaches including Tamarama (its nickname, Glamarama, says it all). If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or whale on your way. But, for the ultimate Bondi Christmas experience, just hire a surfboard and sign up for a lesson or two at Let’s Go Surfing.
Photo of Bed Bath N' Table, Bondi, New South Wales, Australia by Ashmi
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