Last updated: June 2, 2020
The Bondi to Bronte walk, past Tamarama Beach and Mackenzies Bay, is one of the most iconic coastal walking trails in Sydney. The panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the huge sandstone cliffs are absolutely breathtaking.
As you follow the trail on top of the cliffs, between two of Sydney’s most famous beaches, you will get to enjoy lots of vantage points where you can soak in the amazing views. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some whales and dolphins!
|Bondi to Bronte walk|
|Distance:||2.5 km (one way)|
|Time:||1+ hour (depending on stops)|
|Grade:||Easy (some steep stairs)|
|Dogs:||On a lead|
How to Get There
Bondi has two paid parking areas close to the beach which fill up quickly on busy days and are also very expensive. There is limited free street parking available further away from the beach.
Public transport is a good option with trains traveling between the city and Bondi Junction, and plenty of buses departing from the Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. Check the Transport for NSW trip planner for exact details.
Bondi Beach is by far Australia’s most famous strip of sand.
It literally has everything a beach resort needs: a wide and long, beautifully shaped 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 recognised as the oldest surf life saving club in the world, having been around for almost a century.
1. Bondi to Tamarama
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 to Tamarama walk|
|Time:||1 hour (including stops)|
|Grade:||Easy (some steep stairs)|
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 get to enjoy quite a unique experience.
From Bondi Icebergs you start your walk on a concrete waterfront walkway around Bondi Bay 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 carvings 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
The second stretch of the Bondi to Bronte walk is slightly shorter than the first leg, running from Tamarama Beach to Bronte Beach, past beautiful parks such as Tamarama Park and Bronte Park.
|Tamarama to Bronte walk|
|Time:||30 minutes (including stops)|
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 also check out Bronte’s famous rock pool, located at the south end of the beach. It’s a very popular spot with the locals!
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 popular with joggers as it’s such a beautiful spot to do your work-out. There are also several basic work-out stations where you can do exercises, such as pull-ups and step-ups.
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.
Alternatively, you can also start the walk at Bronte Beach and make your way up north to Bondi Beach.