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Bondi Winter Wonderful

Bondi Winter Wonderful, blonde on the beach at Bondi, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Anybody else loving life in Bondi right now? We’re enjoying brilliant blue skies, crisp air, a laidback vibe and shorter coffee queues. Saturdays at the Bondi Farmers Markets have never been busier with fabulous food stalls alongside a huge lawnful of happy locals lounging on picnic blankets. I’ve just updated the long list of events on the winter horizon [...]

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Street Art Mural

Bondi Street Art Mural on Social Justice for Indigenous Australians at Chapel by the Sea Bondi Beach

The Chapel By The Sea Bondi Beach is launching a significant Street Art Mural, celebrating Social Justice for Indigenous Australians. The mural recognises five leading figures in that struggle. That journey continues today with the campaign for the recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution of Australia. The artists Etienne Cohen and Paul Davis have [...]

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New Adina Special

Adina Apartments open at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Opening Special at Adina Apartment Hotel, Bondi Beach. Stay at Bondi’s hottest new address Adina Apartment Hotel, on Hall Street amongst vibrant restaurants and shops leading to Australia’s most iconic beach. Enjoy 20% off full rates – starting at just $159. Stay Dates: 17th June to 31st August 2013. Head here to BOOK  

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Bondi Doing Good

Surf Patrol lifeguard training at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia Andy Solo

Some people revel in the stock market, others have a passion for cooking, accounting floats some boats and crafting a cashmere cardigan is the domain of a creative few. I’ve had a long-term passion for the wellbeing of society and have worked for many years in the philanthropic and community sector. That’s just how I [...]

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Win Birichina Cafe!

Win meal and coffee dining voucher for Birichina Cafe Bondi, Sydney

Win brekkie, brunch or lunch for two! As one reviewer put it, Birichina Café “has a laidback vibe and a look that’s a perfect mix of beachy-cool and edgy-chic. The coffee is organic, the views and people watching are amazing and the majority of the menu hovers somewhere between cheaper-than-average and unheard-of-within-spitting-distance-of-the-beach”. It’s also one [...]

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Bondi Reconciliation

Reconciliation Week in Bondi 2013, Indigenous event for Aboriginal people Sydney

It’s Reconciliation Week from 27 May – 3 June 2013 and this year’s theme is Let’s Talk Recognition. In the spirit of ‘talking’, I found this great website that is chock full of interesting facts and perspectives from Indigenous Australians. Some of these that stood out for me are: – Over 3 in 4 Indigenous [...]

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Bondi Magic Mums

Mothers Day Mums at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Funny. I initially wrote the title accidently as ‘Bondi Manic Mums’. Which is possibly not far from the truth. You see, when you spot mums of the eastern suburbs cruising around in the sun with adorable kiddiewinks in their prams you only see a thin slice of their life. For those in the know, it’s [...]

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Mothers Day Giveaway!

Mothers-Day-Giveaway

Win one of 4 fabulous Mother’s Day prizes totalling $300! To celebrate all the wonderful work, caring, courage and love dished out by our Mum’s, you’re invited to win one of 4 fabulous prizes from some of Bondi’s most generous, fabulous local businesses including: 1 x $100 voucher to spend at Bondi boutique Me and [...]

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Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line charity supported by Bondi Rescue Lifeguards

Live Below the Line invites thousands of Australians to eat on $2 a day from 6-10 May as a simple way to better understand extreme poverty, and make a real impact. One of their celebrity ambassadors is Greg “Bisho” Bishop, a Bondi Rescue lifeguard and a member of the local fire brigade. One of those all round [...]

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Bondi Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance sculpture at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

I see Work-Life Balance as one of the greatest challenges of recent times. It’s a tough gig finding sufficient stress-free time for family, productive work, creative pursuits, exercise, deep friendships, 7.5 hours quality sleep, loving partnerships, optimal health, raising great kids, inner peace, enriching travel, philanthropic giving, community connections, shopping, meditation, cleaning and dancing. It’s [...]

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Bondi Off the Block

Bondi Off The Block Warehouse Party by Bondi Beach Radio Sydney NSW

Ooo.  I love a good mystery. And this looks crackalackin. Anybody know the details of the new Bondi Beach Radio? www.bondibeachradio.com.au I suspect it may be Bondi FM reinvented – back bigger and better than ever (since their sudden disappearing act not so long ago…). And who’s going to their ‘Off the Block’ Warehouse Party this [...]

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Bondi Icebergs Pop Up

Icebergs Terrace Organic Pop Up Cafe at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Pondering where to have brekkie? by Jana Hocking It’s Saturday morning and you are pondering where to have breakfast?? You’re not feeling like anything too crazy but you are craving a really good coffee, something to eat that tastes like it’s home made and a view wouldn’t be bad either. Well, I am happy to [...]

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Bondi Youth

Young skater at Bondi Beach skate park, Sydney NSW Australia, pic by Andy Solo

Even though there seems to be kids everywhere in Bondi, we only have a third of the national average of tweens and teens (they sure come in droves when they’re older though – we have triple the number of 25-35 years olds). National Youth Week, for 12-25 year olds, runs from 5-14 April and I say [...]

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Win Bondi Rumba!

Bondi Rumba restaurant competition giveaway dinner for two at Bondi Beach Sydney

Nestled on Glenayr Ave near the corner of Curlewis, Bondi Rumba brings the colours, sounds and flavours of Latin America to Bondi Beach. Throwing it’s doors open at 4pm each day, Bondi Rumba offers everything from coffee and snacks to authentic Latin tasting plates and a massive selection of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines from [...]

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Bondi Easter Bunny…

Bondi Easter Bunny and eggs at Abode, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

I love Easter. For me it’s about great food, friends, family, fun, freedom…and chocolate. Most people consider me a pretty nice person but, I’m not even kidding, if you so much as eyeball my Lindt bunny things are going to get ugly. And if chocolate induglence isn’t great enough, there’s also hot cross buns. Who [...]

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Win an Easter Feast!

Bondi Easter competition Giveaway from Paper Planes and Mad Pizza at Bondi Beach

What better way to celebrate Easter than with fabulous food! From sensational seafood to succulent lamb, two of Bondi’s favourites are offering dining vouchers to enjoy their delicious Easter offerings. Enter the draw to win either a: – $100 voucher for Paper Planes – $50 voucher for Mad Pizza Bondi This competition is now closed sorry! [...]

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Win Atlas Kiosk!

Win at the Atlas Kiosk giveaway at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win one of TEN vouchers at The Atlas Kiosk Bondi. Set in prime position at 14 Hall Street with a funky old milk bar feel, the Atlas Kiosk offers a range of international flavours from across the mediterranean, middle east and north Africa, combined with quality coffees or classic sundaes and milkshakes. Thanks to our fine friends [...]

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Bondi Harmony…

Woman wearing a hijab on Bondi Beach, Harmony Day, Sydney NSW pic Andy Solo

It’s Harmony Day this Thursday 21st March. It’s a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Bondi Beach has always had a history of welcoming people from different backgrounds – in fact only 47.3% [...]

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Bondi Bachelor!

Bondi Rescue Bachelor Mouse Michael Jenkinson at Bondi Beach Sydney

Bachelor of the Week: Michael Jenkinson (Mouse), by Jana Hocking This week’s Bachelor is often seen patrolling the beach and savings lives on Channel Ten’s “Bondi Rescue”. When not donning his lifesaving uniform he can be found working on his new sunscreen/zinc brand “Bondi Zinc”, surfing waves, and cutting loose at the ‘Logies’ after party dance [...]

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Shop Talk March 2013

Lox Stock Barrell cafe restaurant at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

   Bondi Shop Talk – March 2013 I know its only been a couple of weeks since the last update but there seems to be a lot of chop and change in Bondi a the moment. Here’s the latest…   – Lox Stock & Barrel (above) has enjoyed instant success at the old Greens Café spot [...]

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Harmony Week 2013

Peachy Couple strolling along the sand at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

We celebrate  Harmony  Week  every  year  to  highlight  the  diversity  in  our  community. Harmony Week helps  to  highlight  the United  Nations  Day  for  the  Elimination  of  Racism,  which  is  held  on 21  March  each  year.  This  day  has  become  known  as  Harmony  Day  and  over  the  years  has expanded  to become  Harmony  Week! This  year’s  theme [...]

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Bondi Autumn Ambience

Bondi Autumn Ambience at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Who else is loving life in Bondi right now? As we settle soothingly into Autumn we’re enjoying wonderful weather, warm ocean waters, spectacular sunrises and a return to our regular laidback village vibe. We continue to welcome lots of visitors to our cafes, restaurants, boutiques and seaside services and the late afternoon ambience down at [...]

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Top 10 Eats Under $10

Gourmet Slice one of the top 10 eats under $10 in Bondi Beach Sydney

Top 10 Eats Under $10 in Bondi,  by Jane de Graaff, Broadsheet, 25 Feb 2013 Sure, there’s more to Bondi than the beachfront, but while the days are still hot and the afternoons are still long, we thought we’d make the most out of it and have some lazy lunches on the sand before the weather [...]

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Sculpture by the Sea 2013

Coastal Elk Sculpture by the Sea art event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012 pic by Andy Solo

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Applications for Bondi 2013 open! Emerging, established and aspiring artists alike are encouraged to submit for pre-selection in the seventeenth annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, to be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia from 24 October – 10 November, 2013. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013 Forms Bondi [...]

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BCYF April 2013

BCYF-Call-for-Youth-Bondi

The upcoming BCYF will be held in conjunction with Youth Week 2013 and aims to give young people a chance to actively participate in the running of their own arts and craft stalls in the established grounds of Bondi Farmers Markets at Bondi Beach Public School. If you’re 9-21 years of age and interested in being [...]

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Bondi Body, Mind & Soul

Bondi Mind Body Spirit yogi sun salute at Bondi Beach Sydney

Despite being famous for it’s laidback lifestyle, Bondi can sometimes be exhausting. Shopping, eating out, openair cinemas, theatre, exhibitions, events, fun with friends, crowds, media hype and a constant buzz of activity. If you need a break from this world teeming with temptation, Bondi offers many options to peace out and nurture you mind, body [...]

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Win Kundalini Meditation

Kundalini Meditation Bondi

Win 1 of 5 meditation books by award-winning Australian opera soprano Kathryn McCusker… Kundalini Meditation is a practical guide to awakening powerful and transforming energy through chakra-focused meditations, mantras, breathing and yoga poses. Perfecting her practice with clients including Bjork and Rachel McAdams, author Kathryn McCusker shows you how to easily integrate Kundalini into your [...]

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Review: Bondi Markets

Review on the Bondi Markets by Jana Hocking

Why Bondi Markets Rock My World! By Jana Hocking There is nothing nicer than waking up fresh on a Sunday with no hangover in sight and feeling like the world is your oyster! This doesn’t happen to often so when it does I like to make the most of it! Being a Bondi local, one of my [...]

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Bondi’s new look

Pacific Bondi development - artist's impression

Bondi’s new look is making waves, Susan Wellings, The Age, 28 Feb 2013 Film producer and actor Rebel Penfold-Russell bought her first three-bedroom apartment at Bondi Beach when she was studying at NIDA in the 1970s for $52,000. Today, she’s selling six for more than $5.5 million each. Prices have been rising steadily at Sydney’s [...]

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Bowl-a-Rama Wrap

An instagram pictorial memorial of Bowl-a-Rama, bowlarama event at Bondi Beach Sydney

Is it just me or does this event just get more and more kick arse every year? Bowl-a-Rama was perfect in every way… with warm weather, a light cloud cover, cooling breezes, cranking talent, great merch and a brilliant vibe only Bondi Beach can provide. Here’s a little insta-pictorial memorial of what went down (and up) [...]

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Bondi Mates…

Bondi Rescue Lifeguard Mates Maxi and Gonz, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

Things have felt beautifully blokey this week in Bondi. We’ve had a stack of hunky Bowl-a-Rama skate pros around town. The worthy surf has pulled a swell of men from near and far. And who else totally can’t wait for the leggy lads to arrive for the Dainty Dune Dash at the Drag Races this Friday? [...]

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Win a Satchel or Sunnies!

Topheads Boheme Giveaway competition for atbondi at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win one of two ‘Summer Send Off’ prizes – a sumptuous Satchel or stunning Sunnies Yep, Summer’s ending so to help keep your chins up, we’ve got together two of Bondi’s best home-grown products to win. Topheads Eyewear is synonymous with innovation, creativity and beach style. Using contemporary, eco-friendly materials and incorporating retro designs, every [...]

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Interview: Maxi & Gonzo

Bondi Rescue Maxi Gonzo Mate V Mate at Bondi Beach for the Cancer Council NSW

Mate v Mate : Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell vs Troy ‘Gonzo’ Quinlan, by Cathy Stapleton, 26 Feb 2013 Try as you might, it’s hard to get a local to leave the ‘Bondi bubble’. When they do occasionally venture beyond familiar territory, you can be pretty sure there’s a good reason behind it. Like fish out of water, [...]

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Review: Beach Burrito

Beach Burrito Company Bondi Beach Review by Jana Hocking

Ten reasons why I love Beach Burrito Company! By Jana Hocking 1. The location. BB sits opposite the iconic Bondi Beach AND the outdoor work-out area. Who doesn’t enjoy chowing down into a delicious burrito while watching the scenery. I’ll take my 6-pack abs ‘to go’! 2. The layout. It feels like you’ve stepped into [...]

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Bondi Up and Away!

Bondi Up and Away at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Has anybody found this year a little slower to get going than usual? Don’t get me wrong; I’m busy working away, jogging at the crack of dawn, eating well, out and about, and all the usual stuff. But all this only got into full swing recently (like, yesterday). So, heading towards Autumn and with a [...]

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Win at the Travel Cafe!

Travel Cafe at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

   Win one of TEN vouchers to spend at the Travel Cafe! The Travel Café is all about changing the environment in which we book holidays. Set in a gorgeous, bright and spacious café setting, expect coffee and snacks, travel magazines and books, plus iPads and consultants should you feel inspired to explore the globe. [...]

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Shop Talk Feb 2013

Bondi Boheme and Adina Apartment Hotel at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Bondi Shop Talk – February 2013 Its been a while since I’ve written a Bondi business update but that doesn’t mean things haven’t changed around the traps! – As you can see above, the Toga Group’s Boheme/Adina development is looking mightily similar to the architectural drawings posted not too long ago. I’m guessing they’re on [...]

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Bondi Valentine

Stick Surf Love street art at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Ah, love is in the air… Or is it? I’m apparently spending my night at a compulsory school info evening. Totes romantic. I read from some statistician that the dollar amount spent on our Valentines has officially surpassed the combined perceived total value of our love. He’s clearly not bitter at all. For those of [...]

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Win So Gorgeous!

So Gorgeous gift shop on Hall St in Bondi Beach, Sydney

Win a $150 voucher to spend at So Gorgeous! Proudly established for over 10 years in Bondi, So Gorgeous sparkles like a box full of treasures. This stunning shop offers jewellery, eclectic homewares, decorations, furniture, lighting and unique gifts. Thanks to owner Rebecca being ‘so gorgeous’, this week one lucky reader will win a $150 [...]

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Dearest Bondi…

I Heart Bondi, graffiti, street art, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

A Letter to My Love… Dearest Bondi, Yes, it’s me. I know we had our ‘break’ but I am back and ready for your embrace once again. It has taken some effort, and let’s face it, a pay rise, to return to your shores, but this time I know it is for good. Oh how [...]

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Made with Love in Bondi

Our Big Kitchen Smiles, cooking with love for the homeless at Bondi, Sydney

When good friends of mine said they were going to have a function at the place they met to host their combined Hens/Bucks party, I had visions of tacky tiara’s, too much alcohol and too little clothing at an eastern suburbs pub. In my experience, nights like this always end up ugly (on so many [...]

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Win Sushi St!

Sushi St Bondi cafe restaurant wine bar on Hall St, Bondi Beach, Sydney

Win one of two $50 vouchers to Sushi St! Up on Hall Street near the growing foodie hub at Five Ways intersection, Sushi St is a slick little sushi cum wine bar serving up the freshest of seafood fare, handpicked from the fish markets daily. You can grab a stool at the striking samurai-street-art sushi [...]

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Bondi Kids Away!

School Time, Sydney, NSW, Australia, by andy solo

I love spending time with kids. Really I do. But how good is school? Who else has been excitedly unpacking uniforms, sewing labels, shopping for lunchbox-friendly food and buying new stationery (and ALL this just late yesterday afternoon) because school started TODAY?! For those of you without children (or even if you do), head here [...]

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Win Bondi Openair!

Win double pass tickets to Bondi Openair Cinema for community film night presented by Take 3 for Ocean Love at Bondi Beach

Win a double pass to Bondi Openair Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential Bondi Summer event, with fabulous feature films, tasty food, frosty beverages and live music on the ‘lawn of life’, overlooking Australia’s most iconic beach. On Wednesday 6 Feb (well after the warm sun returns to our seaside village), non-profit organisation [...]

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Bondi Four-legged Friends

Walking a happy dog along the promenade at Bondi Beach, Sydney

One of the wackiest ways to spend your time in Tokyo is in a cat café (trust me). Yep. Due to the high number of apartment dwellers and their penchant for cute fluffy things, Tokyoites spend big bikkies for the privilege of lounging in a room with 10 or so cats. So this week I’d [...]

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Win Bondi Vixen!

Bondi-Vixen-Fit

Win a fantastic Bondi Vixen Fitness Pack worth $300 for you and a friend! To help you along your way to a fit & fabulous 2013, local fitness legend Bondi Vixen is offering a lucky reader: – 2 weeks of unlimited classes – a Bondi Vixen cap – a Bondi Vixen tote bag And the [...]

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Bondi Reflections

Bondi Reflection graffiti, street art, at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

I know many of you are well and truly back in the rhythm of life but I’ve taken a little more time than usual to kick things off this year. In fact I’m only up to reflecting on 2012 (I’m blaming it on the laidback Bondi Beach lifestyle). So as we gear up for another [...]

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Win Bondi Photo Art!

Bondi Salt & Smoke, photographic exhibition at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Win Bondi Beach artwork worth $195 To set the tone right for a wonderful new year, one reader will have the chance to decorate their home or office with a Bondi artwork finished in a contemporary white wooden frame. The image can be chosen from any of the images shown on the blog here. Entry [...]

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Sizzling Summer

Hot summer sunrise sun at the ocean shore at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

After a couple of summers with lacklustre performances from the sun, this year is shaping up to be an absolute corker. I’m pretty sure everybody is aware its hot today but is this usual for a Bondi Summer? Are we breaking any records? Do we start getting a little more concerned about global warming now? [...]

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Win Topheads Sunnies!

Win sunglasses by Topheads sunnies at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Topheads Eyewear is an Australian made and owned company from Bondi Beach. Topheads created a brand beachgoers could call their own. One that’s synonymous with innovation, creativity and beach style – that can fit some bloody good heads. Topheads uses contemporary, eco-friendly materials and incorporates retro designs – to create a unique line of shades. [...]

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Bondi New Year!

Dusk and birds over the ocean waves at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Well, it’s the start of a new year and, yes, I’m working. Lucky I love it. In fact I love this time of year altogether. Ordinarily I’d worry about all the unattended emails, the amount of food I’m eating, the domestic duties I’m ignoring and the To Do List I’ve dumped. But I know you’re [...]

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Win 3dpt!

Win 3DPT personal training sessions with Luke Walsh at Bondi Beach

3dpt is a quality personal training service focusing on real and measurable results. With nearly 10 year’s fitness industry experience, Luke Walsh from 3dpt provides a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring your weight loss, fitness or strength goals are well within reach. To help you kick off a healthy the new year, Luke is generously offering [...]

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Merry Bondi Xmas!

Christmas street art graffiti at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Merry Christmas to you all!! Yes, all of you. Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Pagan, Jedi Knight or any other of the 4,000-odd religions around the world. Because it doesn’t really matter. And I’ve been reminded of that in Japan where apparently 70–80% of the people tell pollsters they don’t consider themselves believers in [...]

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WAYS Xmas Appeal

WAYS Xmas Appeal 2012

Over the year, lucky locals have won nearly $10,000 via atbondi.com so this week let’s give a little back!! WAYS Youth Services at Bondi are holding their Christmas Appeal via a crowdfunding campaign to continue their fabulous work supporting our local tweenies and teenagers. PLEASE please please help me give them a Christmas surprise by [...]

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Bondi Silly Season

blog about the silly season during christmas and NYE at Bondi Beach Sydney

Well I’m still in chilly (awesome) Japan but I hear things are heating up in Bondi. I assume you’ve all been to at least 7 Chrissy parties by now. A bunch of BBQs, endless drinks, shopping heaps and playing hard. ‘Tis the season after all. Well you know it’s going to get even better. And [...]

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Win NYE party tix!

Bondi New Years Eve at Dudley Page Reserve Dover Heights Sydney Dec 2012

    Win your pick of $1000 worth of NYE party tix! Whether you’re into full-tilt parties, 3-course banquets or family-friendly fireworks, we’re super-thrilled to offer free tickets to the top of the Bondi NYE and NYD gigs. Thanks to the generous NYE event organisers including: – Cream Tangerine’s NYE and NYD parties (a double pass for [...]

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Bondi Skate

Bondi Skate Park at Dusk with a lone skateboarder in Sydney NSW

I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about skateboarding. I know its cool. I know its crazy (aka wheels + concrete). I know you can hurt yourself (boy do I know). I know many of the tricks defy biomechanical logic. It can stop your heart, churn your stomach and leave you holding your [...]

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Win a Skate Book!

One-x-One-x-One skate book by the Three Sixty project

Win a skate book and help the world, one skateboard at a time… The Three Sixty Project supports established programs all over the world making a difference in the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth through the sport of skateboarding. Does it get any cooler than that? Well, yes! On 12 December they’re having their [...]

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Bondi Summer Lovin’

Bondi Summer Scene people in the water at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Wooohoooooo! Summer is here!! And what better way to celebrate than to leave. To a cold country in winter. And the snow. Yes summer-loving bumpkins, tomorrow morning I’ll be jetting off to Japan. Don’t feel bad for me though. For a start, that’s one more space on the beach for you to lay your towel. [...]

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Win a PAQUA Pack!

Bondi Rescue Hoppo wearing Paqua pack at Bondi Beach

Win a 100% waterproof PAQUA smartphone cover! Now we have Free WiFi on Bondi Beach (read below), it time to get serious about protecting your tech. PAQUA is an awesome local company with quality products designed to keep your valuables safe and dry, in and out of the water. With built-in arm/leg straps, the ability to [...]

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Bondi Bonanza Giveaway!

Bondi Bonanza Giveaway to win prizes in our Birthday competition at Bondi Beach

  Win one of 22 prizes in the $1,750 Bondi Bonanza Birthday Giveaway! What better way to celebrate than to give! To celebrate the 1st anniversary of atbondi.com, readers from all over the world are invited to enter our Bondi Bonanza giveaway. Bondi is full of brilliant businesses but this week’s generous prizes are bought [...]

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Happy Bondi Birthday!

happy anniversary birthday bonanza for atbondi.com

Happy Bondi Birthday to us!! Yes, the atbondi.com baby was born on the first day of summer, 1st Dec, a year ago. It was as exciting as flicking a switch, literally, but it was also the beginning of a fabulous life journey. Not in an I’ve-just-won-X-Factor kind of way, but pretty good regardless. So I just [...]

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Bondi Backpackers

Bondi Backpackers on the Beach at Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I have to say straight up that I am pro-backpacker. Because about 25 million years ago I was one myself. Though these days a private bathroom, carrying more than 2 pairs of underwear and eating meals beyond bread and cheese is more my style. Backpacking is a unique and wonderful way to explore the world. [...]

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Win Bondi Backpackers!

Win a private room at Bondi Backpackers opposite the Beach in Sydney NSW

Win 2 nights at Bondi Backpackers! Thanks to the team at Bondi Backpackers, one lucky person is set to win 2 nights in a private room opposite the beach! Located in the heart of Bondi, seconds from shops, cafes and bars, Bondi Backpackers is the only hostel situated directly across from the world famous waves [...]

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Free Surf Lessons!

girl surfing at bondi, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Yeeha! Lets Go Surfing is providing FREE surf lessons this November for members of the local community (adults or kids) who have always wanted to give surfing a try! All equipment is supplied including safe soft surfboards, wetsuits, UV rashvests and sunblock and all participants receive a commemorative certificate. “We all live and work in [...]

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Bondi Film Fest

Bondi Openair Festival summer cinema from January to March 2013

The warm weather in Bondi is a magnet for more than just beach lovers and café cliques. We’re totally choc-topped full of culture too! In just 2 weeks time, we enjoy a run of fantastic film festivals down at the Bondi Pav. First up is the 12th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival on Sat 24 [...]

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Win a watch & movie tix!

WeWood Watch to win with the Bondi Short Film Festival

   Win a wicked watch and film festival tix Thanks to our fabulous friends at the Bondi Short Film Festival, we have two fantastic prizes up for grabs. Now in its 12th year, the Bondi Short Film Festival brings bite-size cinema seaside with a showcase of 14 of the finest short films from across Australia. [...]

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Bondi Graffiti Upgrade

Bondi Swaze graffiti street art at bondi beach Sydney NSW photo by Andy Solo

There’s been a spate of tasty new art on the Graffiti Seawall at Bondi. Here’s a little selection in case you don’t stroll past every day, as I’m lucky enough to do. Note: full respect and thanks to Swaze (Top L), Phibs (Top R), Sykoh (Mid R) and all the other artists who offer their [...]

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Bondi Film Flashback

bondi kings theatre, bondi beach history, sydney, nsw

In 1919, there were 750 picture theatres in Australia and attendances for 1919-1920 ran to an astonishing 67.5 million. This is a photo of the delicious deco Bondi Beach Kings Theatre, 1937*. Located opposite the beach on Campbell Pde, on the corner of Roscoe St, the Theatre started life as a dance hall before being [...]

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Bondi Best Bites

Blog about Beachside Bites at The Bucket List at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by Andy Solo

With summer upon us, most people are busy pounding the footpath and pumping iron. Being a fashion rebel from way back, I tend to turn to food at this time of year. And I think you should all join me in exploring the vast, delicious offerings in our seaside suburb. (Just trying to look after [...]

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Win at The Atlas Kiosk

Win at the Atlas Kiosk giveaway at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win delicious dining at The Atlas Kiosk Bondi. Thanks to our fine friends at the new Atlas Kiosk Bondi, two lucky readers will win a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch valued up to $30 each. Set in prime position at 14 Hall Street with a funky old milk bar feel, The Atlas offers a range [...]

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Holiday Accommodation

Holiday Accommodation at Bondi Beach accomodation options hotels apartments backpackers

For a spot as brilliant as Bondi Beach you’d think there’d be a stack of places to stay. However, great accommodation options seem to be as rare as local ice-cream joints. I’m joking of course, there’s frickin HEAPS of those. Here’s a list of sites to check if you plan to visit (or indeed if [...]

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Win Bondi Beach House!

Win accommodation prize at the Bondi Beach House at Bondi Beach

Win a night at the boutique Bondi Beach House! Thanks to our fabulous friends at the Bondi Beach House, one lucky reader will win a night in a gorgeous beach-chic suite! Nestled amongst the frangipani trees, you’re perfectly positioned just a short stroll to the beach, cafes, restaurants, galleries, yoga studios, surf school, iconic Icebergs, [...]

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Flashback: Hotel Bondi

Old historical Photo of Hotel Bondi in the 1920s at Bondi Beach Sydney

  On the topic this week of Bondi Accommodation, let’s take a look at the Hotel Bondi. Designed by E Lindsay Thompson, the Hotel Bondi has a distinctly 1920s style, although construction ran from 1915-1945. Commercially, it struggled initially due to relative isolation (can you believe it?) but it soon became the popular destination it [...]

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Shop Talk Oct 2012

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Bondi Shop Talk 30 Oct 2012 Sheesh its hard to keep up with developments in Bondi these days! Here’s the latest round of changes to our café and shopping options in the hood… – The Atlas Kiosk seems to be the new hip hang on Hall (Hugh Jackman thinks so anyway) – Yellow Bungalow is [...]

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Bondi School Profits!

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Source: The Daily Telegraph, Education Reporter Katherine Danks, Oct 29 2012 PUBLIC schools pocketed more than $16 million last year by leasing out buildings and playgrounds to community groups and private organisations for ballet practice, sports days and market stalls. Education department data shows 49 primary and high schools earned more than $50,000 for commercial [...]

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Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine Crave event at Bondi Farmers Market at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

The Bondi Farmers Market will plate up a Food as Medicine theme for their celebration of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival on Sat 27 October. Local residents are invited to join experts Shakti Grace, founder of The Holistic Chef; Georgia Lienemann, founder of Stirring Change and Belinda Randell, founder of The Organic Cook for [...]

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The Bondi Pavilion

The Bondi Pavilion under glowing night lights at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Overlooking the beach in prime central position, sits the iconic Bondi Pavilion. It has morphed many times from the early 1900s, but has always figured large in the local landscape. It has housed everything from a military club to kids capoeira classes, from bathing sheds to ballrooms. The Pav is the proud centrepiece for most [...]

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Win Theatre Tix!

The Interview show at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre presented by Tamarama Rock Surfers

  Win Theatre Tickets at the Bondi Pav! Thanks to our friends at Tamarama Rock Surfers, TWO lucky people will win a double pass to fabulous new theatre at the Bondi Pavilion – The Interview. Set in a beachside apartment in Bondi, the show examines the power struggle between a B-grade actress and a political reporter. But [...]

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Bondi Flashback 1911

bondi castle pavilion history at Bondi Beach,Sydney NSW

The first Bondi Pavilion was affectionately known to locals as The Castle, or The Castle Pavilion because of its whimsical fairytale-like turrets. Its official name was the Bondi Surf Sheds. Despite its pretty appearance the building was, in reality, simply a dressing shed, a private place to get in and out of your swimming costume [...]

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Bondi Sunrise Proposal

Bondi Sunrise Proposal at bondi beach on Ben Buckler, Sydney NSW australia pic by andy solo

Source: The Daily Telegraph, Petra Starke, Oct 16 Photo: Andy Solo (me!!) WHEN Steven McConnell got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend at Bondi Beach on Sunday morning, he wanted the moment to be sensational – but he never suspected they would end up an internet sensation. But he and new fiancee [...]

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Sculpture by the Sea

Bondi Sculpture Splash Sculpture by the Sea art event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012

I feel like I keep saying the same thing every week but this time I mean it (again)…we have one of my FAVE events starting this week… Sculpture by the Sea! Melting ice-cream trucks, giant tyre turtles, skeleton conductors and leaping lemmings. There’s not much fabulous, freaky and fascinating art we haven’t enjoyed in Bondi [...]

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Win Bondi Art!

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Win Bondi Beach artwork worth $195 To celebrate everything arty this week, one reader will have the chance to decorate their home or office with a framed Bondi artwork! The winner will select one artwork from over 400 options on the atbondi.com gallery to be finished in a lovely white wooden frame.   This competition is now [...]

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Bondi Jobs Oct 2012

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Bondi Jobs: October 2012 There’s another spate of job ads up around town. Get copies of your resume and hit the streets! Here’s a selection: – Raw Bar Japanese, Assistant Restaurant Manager – Le-Paris-Go Cafe, Experienced Chef – Noah’s Backpackers, Front Desk Receptionist – Sejuiced Juice Bar Cafe, Counter Staff – Boost Juice, Counter Staff [...]

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Bondi Silicon Beach

Silicon Beach digital economy at Bondi Beach creative innovation hub

While we’re talking futures this week, I fully support the move to create an Australian ‘Silicon Beach’ to rival California’s Silicon Valley and compete with the world’s leading digital economies. Though I’m well aware that, at this stage, it is a distant dream. On Friday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard held a forum on the Digital Economy [...]

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Bondi Future Focus

Bondi gold sunset view of the beach and village in Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Bondi seems to be in a flurry of flux at the moment. In fact my whole centre of gravity shifted today when I read the sign on the door of Alex the Barber announcing his retirement after nearly 50 years of service on Glenayr Avenue. His old school shop is replete with faded photos, vintage [...]

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Win a Salon Experience

Win a Franck Provost hair salon experience at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Win a salon experience worth $129! Franck Provost is the leading hair salon in Paris and throughout France. There are more than 650 salons in 30 countries around the world and they’ve finally made their way to the Sydney seaside. To celebrate their grand opening in Bondi Beach, the Franck Provost team are offering one [...]

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Bondi Facelift

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Time for some new ideas as city’s playground prepares for a facelift Source: SMH, by: Nicole Hasham, Monday 8 October A NEW vision is being sought for Bondi as Waverley Council devises a 10-year blueprint for Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, including ideas such as year-round beach volleyball. Submissions are invited on the future [...]

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Bondi Flashback 1890

Bondi Flashback to 1890 children swimming at Bondi Beach South end Sydney

This photograph of summer bathing at Bondi shows children enjoying the shallows around the rocky area at the southern end of the beach. Besides a large group of people enjoyed the water, not a lot compares with the same area today. Though check out that girl at front left exposing skin below the knee – [...]

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Bondi Good Times

Bondi Good Times people having fun at events at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by Andy Solo

Sydney was once again selected as a leading global Event City this year. Technically, we were one of five chosen in the annual IFEA World Festival & Event City Awards that “recognize the best in community leadership and festival and event partnerships around the world.” We won last year but were pipped at the post by [...]

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Win a Bondi Pilates Pass!

Bondi Pilates Giveaway prize for competition Pass at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win a Bondi Pilates Pass worth $200! Thanks to Michelle, Debby and the fabulous team at Bondi Pilates, one lucky reader this week will win a 7-class pass valued at over $200. Enjoy an extensive choice of quality classes including Pilates Reformer, Xtend Barre®, Corefitnessroller® and Pilates Mat. With talented and friendly professionals in gorgeous surrounds, [...]

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Interview: Sophie Alize

Bondi Bellydance, Sophie Alize dancing at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW australia, pic by andy solo

Sophie Alize, in Association with Tamarama Rock Surfers, presents Aether – A Belly Dance Spectacular at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre for one special performance on Sunday 7 October. Aether, featuring Sydney’s top belly dancers, revolves around the four elements of the natural world – earth, wind, fire and water. Producer, and one of the stars of the show, [...]

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World Tourism Day

Glorious Golden Afternoon summer at Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

World Tourism Day on September 27 ”raises awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide”. Whatevs. Bondi draws people to her golden shores and vibrant village – this much we know. You can read up on Bondi Beach Tourism here – did you [...]

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Bondi Flashback

Cheap units for sale at Bondi Beach history

Don’t you wish you’d scooped up these ‘bargain units’ at 55 Gould Street Bondi not so very long ago? At $22,950 each, including a lock up garage, they’ve increased in value about 72,000%. Oh the agony of retrospect! Or perhaps my own flat will be worth about $528,000 million soon…?? Thanks to the Bondi Tratt’s Facebook page [...]

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Bondi Block Life

Deco Delight building at Bondi Beach in Sydney NSW Australia pic by Andy Solo

Years ago I lived in a house and never once met my neighbour – until I read the name tag on his backpack in a bus queue in Glasgow on the other side of the world. Only then did I introduce myself and have a chat. I’ve lived in everything from a Japanese shoebox to [...]

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Win Goldilocks Tix!

Win tickets to Bondi Pavilion Theatre production of Goldilocks at Bondi Beach

You know the story… the porridge is too hot, the bears go for a stroll to pass the time. Enter Goldilocks – cute little troublemaker extraordinaire. On during the school holidays, this wonderful adaptation encourages kids to engage with the story through gentle audience interaction, teaching children through song and play about respecting other people’s property, and that a “sorry” [...]

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Bondi Jobs Sept 2012

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Bondi Jobs: September 2012 Sometimes it seems every second Bondi shop has a Staff Wanted sign up in its windows. Here’s some I’ve seen or heard of over the past couple of weeks: – 34 Degrees South, experienced chef, Campbell Pde – Gusto cafe, floor & counter staff, Hall St – Abode retail staff (both [...]

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Bondi Beach Dwellers

Group of people on the promenade at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Who are we? Deep, I know. But really. Who resides within the walls of the 6105 private dwellings in Bondi Beach? If you’ve been anxiously awaiting Census data releases for the past year, you can head here for the full details of our seaside suburb as at August 2011. Or digest it right here in [...]

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Win Passion Beauty!

Passion Beauty Giveaway of Facial, hand treatment and spray tan at Bondi Beach

Win $135 worth of Bondi beauty Thanks to the lovely Jessica at Bondi’s Passion Beauty, one lucky reader will win a boutique beauty package valued at $135. The treatment includes a luxurious hour-long facial, plus hand treatment and organic spray tan – the perfect combination as the weather warms up for Spring.   This competition [...]

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Bondi Big Bucks

The Bondi luxury living apartments at Bondi Beach in Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I was forbidden entrance to a Bondi Beach property on Sunday. “Do you have an appointment with an agent?”, inquired one of the ridiculously-gorgeous, perfectly-manicured, tight-black-dressed property hostesses. Um. “No”. “Are you just sticky beaking”? (Insert mild head tilt and charming smile). Um. “Yes”. I was at the grand opening of the Pacific Bondi - our new [...]

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