Bondi Dreaming: Australia’s most iconic beach lives up to the hype

Jessica Peterson

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

An endless stream of hardbodies is headed for the surf…

…Shaggy-haired blondes hauling surfboards, athletic trios of twentysomethings in sports bras and spandex, and barefoot dudes in board shorts. At sunrise, Sydney’s Bondi Beach is filling up with beachcombers, surfers, and photographers. Swimmers cut through the water in the pool at Bondi Icebergs, seemingly oblivious to the waves bursting over the side. It is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen (and I am surrounded by beach 360-degrees on my home island of Guam).

Pastel-colored buildings line the cliff, giving this seaside beach a European feel.

There’s a convivial vibe as the sun peaks over the horizon. I am not a morning person, but I am not sorry to have leaped out of bed and run down to the beach all in the name of photography. The light is ethereal as it streams through the pounding waves and makes silhouettes out of the beachgoers. I can see how surfing is not a pastime here, but a lifestyle. Certainly, an appreciation for natural beauty must accompany it and Bondi Beach is easy to love.

My stomach rumbles and I remember that I haven’t had my morning cappuccino, much less breakfast, so I head to Lush on Bondi. The cafe oozes charm inside and out. I sit and watch dog-walkers, skateboarders, and the bird that is trying to steal my breakfast. Australia’s most iconic beach lives up to the hype so much that I have to pry myself away.

Jessica Peterson, Global Girl Travels on Bondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Icebergs, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, Australia Bondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Icebergs, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaJessica Peterson, Global Girl Travels on Bondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaBondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaLush on Bondi, Sydney, AustraliaLush on Bondi, Sydney, AustraliaLush on Bondi, Sydney, AustraliaLush on Bondi, Sydney, AustraliaLush on Bondi, Sydney, Australia

I’m wearing a custom-made dress I designed and sandals from Bali. Photos of me by Mike Selva.

What’s your favorite beach?

Jessica Peterson
Follow me

Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
Jessica Peterson
Follow me

Latest posts by Jessica Peterson (see all)

  • I can’t believe of all the times I’ve been to Sydney, that I have never ventured to Bondi Beach! I am going in a few months, so I’ll definitely have to get there then 🙂 Love your photos.

    http://www.travelmatters.co/how-to-use-airbnb-and-why-you-should/

    • Sophie, you will love it! One of the most charming and fun beaches to people-watch.

  • I’ve always been fascinated with the surf culture at places like Bondi. So happy it lives up to the hype. And that golden sun looks epic in those pics. Great shots!

  • Brings back old memories & it’s great to have this lovely beach right there in Sydney, as it was a surprise the first time I drove by …

  • Jennifer Morrow

    That is a beautiful beach. So nice to know that it is worth the hype. Must add that to my to do list when I finally get down under.

  • You took some wonderful images of Bondi Beach at dawn and sunrise, it was well worth the early morning. The second image you shared is my favorite, the water almost looks 3D! Another well captured image is the one of the guy surfing and the big wave behind him.

  • Tasha Haley

    I have always wanted to go to Bondi beach since my gran and cousin went many years ago. It really does look like it lives up to the hype!Awesome pictures, wanderlusting now

  • Sridhar Salian

    You pictures are wonderful and capture the facets of bondi beach. Happy travelling 🙂

  • Ah! That’s such a sexy picture you’re painting describing the place and people in the first para! Many a times, such iconic places, do not live upto the hype. Good to know that Bondi actually was awesome! You look totally stunning.

  • Marissa Abao

    I like the surfer’s photo the most. It is like the best representation of the Bondi beach. I feel like it is so laid-back in Australia. It was nice that you took early morning photos because there were only few tourists.

  • Your pictures are so stunning! Bondi Beach seems so lovely with sand, sunny and waves! I would love to visit there on my Australian trip 🙂

    • I hope you do visit Bondi, Ha. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.

  • Kim Bui

    I love shooting silhouettes! Your photos are absolutely stunning. You captured Bondi Beach beautifully, adding it to my bucket list!