Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
My favourite part of Sydney is the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk. Not only does the walk via Tamarama sport a stunning view of the ocean, but also the temporary Sculptures by the Sea dotted along the way.
Tucked beneath the south headland of Bronte is an ocean-fed saltwater rock pool. There are also barbeques and picnic tables on the grassy park behind the beach. Across the street, there are numerous cafes and restaurants such as, the renowned Three Blue Ducks that serve modern Australian food, such as:
- Steamed mussels with herb, coconut sambal and chili toast @ AUD 28
- Pork belly, kimchi, pickled cucumber, sesame & coriander @ AUD 29
There is also the Wet Paint Restaurant with a Creole influence:
- Louisiana Stuffed Chicken – a signature Cajun spiced rubbed breast filled with cornbread, sun dried tomatoes and cashews, served with a lemon butter sauce @ AUD 27.5
- Barramundi Pie with minted crushed peas, sweet potato chips and avocado salsa @ AUD 28.5
For a long lazy brunch with a spectacular sea view, head to Sean’s Panorama which is a landmark in Bondi; and it offers both Italian and Australian classics such as:
- Dilled-cured King Trout with Fannel Slaw @ AUD 25
- Murray Cod Fillet baked in Paper with Zucchini and Watercress @ AUD 38
On the other end of the beach, there is Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar which also offers a stunning view.
- Handmade Potato Gnocchi with Slow Cooked Lamb Neck, Pea & Lemon @ AUD42
- Grilled 300g Grass fed Victorian O’Connor Sirloin Served with Bone Marrow & Herbed Butter @ AUD48
For a refreshing gelato, take a pick from the daily ice-cream special board while queuing up at the popular Gelato Messina.
Go to Bondi on a Saturday for the farmers market; and at the Sunday market, you can find vintage, souvenirs as well as the latest designs by up-and-coming fashion designers.
The waves in Bondi are so perfect for surfing that there is a surf school that offers lessons all-year-round. For those who prefer golfing to surfing, you can also go whale watching from May to November from the 9-hole cliff top golf course.
Vicky Vortex from Hong Kong left her hometown at the age of 14 to study in Oxford, England before moving to Sydney, Paris, London, Bangkok and Hanoi. She has worked as a journalist at IdN, Lifestyle + Travel, National Geographic, Namaskar, Positive News and the LUXE Guide on Hanoi. She was also a writer for the Peninsula Bangkok. She is currently a high-school teacher in Hong Kong, fulfilling her childhood dream to make it fun for the kids!