Bondi Beach is a beach in Sydney, Australia, about one kilometre long and roughly seven kilometres from the centre of the city. Bondi beach is one of the world's greatest beaches, and is one of Sydney's main tourist attractions.
History[change | change source]
In 1809, a road builder William Roberts received a grant of land in the Bondi area. In 1851 Edward Smith Hall and Francis O'Brien bought 200 acres (0.81km2) of Bondi and named it the "Bondi Estate." Hall was O'Brien's father-in-law. In between 1855-1877 O'Brien bought his father-in-laws share of the land and named it the "O'Brien Estate". He made the beach and surrounding land available to the public as a picnic ground and amusement resort. As the beach became more popular O'Brien threatened to stop public access. The Government believed that the Municipal council needed to intervene. On the 9th of June 1882, Bondi Beach became a public beach.
Today[change | change source]
Bondi Beach receives many visitors throughout the year ranging from 9,000 people to 30,000 people. Bondi Beach has an underwater shark net that they share with other beaches along the southern coast. In 2004 Surf Lifesaving Australia gave different hazard ratings to each end of the beach. The northern end was rated a gentle 4 with 10 as the most hazardous, while the southern end was rated a dangerous 7 due to the famous rip current known as the "Backpackers Express". The south end is generally reserved for surf board riding. Bondi Beach was added to the Australia National Heritage list in 2008.
Pods of whales and dolphins are sometimes sighted. Fairy penguins while rare are sometimes also seen.
Lifesavers[change | change source]
Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club was the worlds 1st livesaving club. North Bondi Surf Livesaving Club is a federation club. Both clubs were founded in 1907. Both clubs were involved in the biggest rescue ever on one day known as 'Black Sunday'.