Go Local-Bondi Beach to Clovelly Walk
Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Many agree, one of the world’s most beautiful, friendly and livable cities.
It has a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination all year round.
What makes Sydney so awesome is the fact that it is built on the coastline.
Probably due to its superb location, Sydney has been inhabited for at least 30-40,000 years by the indigenous people. Before it was colonized by the British in 1788.
The city has many world famous landmarks but no tour to Sydney would be complete without a walk along its splendid coastline.
Start from Bondi Beach one of Australia’s and the world’s most famous beaches. Bondi Beach is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. The beach is roughly a kilometre long and is patrolled by lifeguards and lifesavers. It has a vast array of attractions but also a very interesting history.
Even the origin of the word “Bondi” is controversial as some believe that it originates from “Boondi” an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks. Whilst the Australian Museum records that Bondi means “place where a flight of nullas took place”.
The European history of the area goes back to 1809, when the early road builder, William Roberts, in recognition of his work, received a grant of 81 hectares from Governor Bligh. This land is now most of the business and residential area of Bondi Beach. But it was years later in mid-1800s that Bondi Beach started attracting families and adventurous spirits.
Nowadays, bathers probably don’t have in mind that in 1803, Governor Philip King forbade convicts from bathing in Sydney Harbour. Because of “the dangers of sharks and stingrays, and for reasons of decorum”. And even though in 1830’s bathing had become a popular activity, it was officially banned between 9.00am and 8.00pm!
Leaving behind the “Playground of the Pacific” (as Bondi was advertised in the 1930s), walk along the most famous and most walked ocean track in Sydney. Start from Bondi Beach, move onto Bronte Beach and even further to Clovelly Beach.
This coastal walk takes in most of Sydney’s famous beaches. The vistas will definitely reward you as you pass by constantly changing views along the path that follows the ocean. Make sure you bring your camera!
Look out for the MacKenzies Point Aboriginal engraving showing a large whale and a small fish. Also. the famous people who have been laid to rest in Waverley Cemetery, such as, Jules Francoise Archibald, Henry Lawson, Laurence Foley, Victor Trumper and Eliza Winstanley – Australia’s 1st leading lady of the stage.
Take advantage of the Walk on Water tour (like a local) to discover the most popular and prominent attractions in Sydney’s most unique mix of urban lifestyle and laid back coastal living area.
Stroll around with a local Sydneysider (Tours By Locals). They will not only point out the nature wonders along the way but also inform you about the history. And punctuate the history with the local quirky characters that sculptured the legend of Bondi.
Check out the great array of street art along the promenade which has been a modern canvas for street artists since the 60s. Murals are always changing; they stay up for six months and vary from unconventional characters to monster tags.
Learn about the first owners of the land but also about its nowadays famous residents.
Finish with a dip in the ocean if the weather permits it.