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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Bondi Jobs Oct 2012

Bondi Jobs, employment at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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 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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Bondi Facelift

pavilion and beach, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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 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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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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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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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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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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Camilla Theft

Camilla Franks shop break in at Bondi Beach, sydney, nsw, australia pic by andy solo

Thieves clean out Camilla’s new collection, The Daily Telegraph, September 11 2012 Industrial sabotage has emerged as one of the main lines of inquiry into a major break-in at the flagship store of kaftan designer Camilla Franks, whose entire new line was stolen early yesterday. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of dresses, swimwear and children’s [...]

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Bondi Kite Time

bondi kite festival, Happy Yellow Kite in Blue Sky, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia

Time to grab your kites and untangle the strings in preparation for the fabulous Bondi Beach Festival of the Winds! One of my favourite local events, this colourful kite festival is on this Sunday 9 September from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last year was an absolute corker with perfect flying conditions and we’re hoping for more of [...]

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Bondi Spring

Silk Sail flower kite at Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach Sydney

Wahoooo! Spring starts this week. It’s my favourite time of the year for so many reasons. Spring boasts both Bondi’s driest month (September) and the month with the most sunshine hours per day – here’s to you November! Long sunny days, fresh ocean breezes and brilliant blue skies. Bondi perfection. Spring also features three of [...]

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Bondi Parking

No parking garage sign at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I’m a hyper-vigilant, sign-scouring, minute-counting parking PRO when it comes to resting my wheels in our seaside suburb. Even so, I reckon I pay the salaries of at least 3 Council employees by way of parking fees and fines. I think we’re all blatantly aware that, besides the beach, parking is the most popular topic [...]

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Shop Talk August

Bondi Shop Talk August at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, pic by andy solo

Alrighty. It’s been a few weeks since the local Bondi biz update and it seems quite a bit has changed, as always. Here’s just the things I’ve noticed on my wanderings:   – Camilla is closed for renovations. Can’t wait to see how she can improve on the space. – The Favourite Child café on [...]

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Win $100 of Mad Pizza

Mad Pizza Giveaway for $100 dining voucher at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Win $100 of Italian fare at Mad Pizza Thanks to our fab friends at Mad Pizza, one lucky reader this week will win a $100 voucher for a top Italian dining experience. Mad Pizza offers a magnificent range of superthin and healthy pizzas with your traditional faves plus a range of fresh creative masterpieces. Oh! [...]

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Bondi Italiano

Italian restaurant setting at Mad Pizza at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Bondi Beach is a marvellous mish mash of colour and culture. Our seaside suburb has attracted people from all walks of life over the years but the post war immigration days drew a large amount of migrants from a few specific cultures. One such group were the Italians. Bravo! They were the main labourers involved [...]

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Bondi Dreaming

Bondi Carvings indigenous history and at bondi beach sydney,nsw, australia, pic by andy solo

On 9 August we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The theme this year is “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”. And this is a form of Media. And a Voice. And Empowerment is cool. So I’m running with the theme. Now I’m not Indigenous (small detail) but I think I’ve previously alluded [...]

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Bondi Asian Eats

Bondi Asian Eats Miss Chu Potato Ghetto restaurant at Bondi Beach Sydney, pic by Andy Solo

I live and mingle with high maintenance eaters. And it’s not just an Eastern suburbs faux food fashion thing. I am surrounded by a fusion of intolerances including dairy, gluten, lactose, fructose, food colour 102, preservative 221 and brussel sprouts. And this pretty much limits my quality collaborative culinary options to: Asian food. Luckily I [...]

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Bondi Surf Clubs

Bondi Nipper looking at Bondi Beach in sydney nsw, image by andy solo

I love a bit of healthy competition. And the Bondi surf lifesaving clubs certainly offer a good dose of it. One is the OLDEST club and the other is the LARGEST club. Allegedly. I dare not enter the fray. Besides some entertaining tit for tat, The North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and The Bondi [...]

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Bondi Green

Gulls on Green, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

No, this is not about the latest local haul of home-grown hydroponics. I took one of the Bondi History Walks on the weekend (you rock Lawrie) and on our slow saunter through the suburb is struck me how much luscious parkland we have. And just when I thought it couldn’t get more beautiful, we headed [...]

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Bondi Sky High

Bondi Sky High view of the expanse of sky at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by andy solo

A short trip to Melbourne in winter never fails to conjure up two mental images. 1. Bad weather 2. A thick cobweb of electrical wires and tram cables above me There are many fine things about our sister city (I know, I was born there) but the fact that I wore a t-shirt under a [...]

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Win a Room at Ravesi’s

Competition giveaway to Win a Room at Ravesis Bondi Beach Sydney

Win a night at Ravesi’s Boutique Hotel I’m super excited about this one! Our generous friends at Ravesi’s are offering atbondi.com followers a chance for a night in a stunning side view room (pictured) valued at $249! It includes complimentary wireless broadband, daily newspaper and direct access to all the best Bondi Beach has to [...]

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Shop Talk 3 July

Bondi Potato Ghetto Miss Chu new shop in Bondi Beach Sydney pic andy solo

Bondi Shop Talk 3 July 2012 The latest changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – Miss Chu has soft-opened Potato Ghetto (above) (next to her current ace space) – Chaos HQ has changed its name to Some Flirting (to try and avoid more chaos?) – Butik on Gould St has closed its doors [...]

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Bondi Beach Heights

Couple in love on the street at Bondi Road, Bondi Beach Sydney by Andy Solo

A mission to find all day parking led me up and away from the central village late last week. On a whim, I disregarded all my usual Bondi Beach dining haunts and hit the lower section of Bondi Road. I know, radical move. I’d heard reports of some fine new venues in the area but [...]

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Winter Warmers Charity

Winter Warmers Mini Festival Fundraiser at the Beach Road Hotel for Homeless Kids at Bondi Beach

Get rid of those trackies and hoodies you no longer wear and donate them to homeless kids who are doing it tough as always during the winter months. The Knits n Pieces Drop Box is in the foyer under the stairs at the Beach Road Hotel until the Winter Warmers Mini Festival Fundraiser on Saturday 30 [...]

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Win – Bondi Tratt

Bondi Tratt Giveaway competition for a $100 dining voucher at Bondi Beach

Win a $100 dining voucher at the Bondi Trattoria! A Bondi institution for 25 years for very good reason, the fine folk at the Bondi Tratt are offering a $100 dining voucher to one lucky winner for a winter feast at their seaside café restaurant. You’ll often catch me enjoying my morning at the Tratt [...]

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Bondi hip new happenings

Bondi OMG sculpture photo for Bondi Beach blog by andy solo

Things generally hum gently along in Bondi Beach but sometimes we get fabulous flashes of activity. This week I’ve come across a treasure trove of new community events and ventures all rolled into one big bag of Bondi goodies. These exciting new enterprises include something for families, musicians, mums, crafty types, party peeps, kids, artists, [...]

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Interview: Hoot & Howl

Interview with Hoot and Howl girls Melanie Dymott and Julie Jenkins from Bondi Beach about their events, clubs and community initiatives

So, what is Hoot & Howl? We are Hoot & Howl – two Bondi gurls with music events background using our powers for good, namely with our first event ‘Winter Warmers’. And what does the name refer to? Having a right ole knees up. Who are the people behind it? Melanie Dymott and Julie Jenkins [...]

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Win: 34 degrees south

Competition giveaway to win dining vouchers at Bondi Beach 34 degrees south

Win one of two $100 sea view dining vouchers at 34 degrees south. Our fabulous friends at ‘34’ are offering Bondi-lovers 2 chances to win a $100 dining voucher at their seaside restaurant. With wide open windows facing out over Bondi Beach and a cosy, classy feel on the inside, 34 degrees south is fast becoming [...]

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Aesop Giveaway

Aesop Reverence Giveaway of beauty products at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win divine new Aesop products! One of the lucky businesses to snap up space at the Gould St Beach House strip is Aesop. To celebrate the launch of their new Reverence Duet of Aromatique Hand Wash and Reverence Hand Balm, they are very kindly offering the chance to win the delicious duo (worth $125). I’ve [...]

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Bucket List Giveaway

The Bucket List Bondi giveaway competition dining prize at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win Drinks & Dinner at The Bucket List! With regular live music, events, comedy and Sunday specials, The Bucket List is already a Bondi institution. And this week our buddies at the Bucket List are offering one lucky reader a $50 dining voucher for either lunch or dinner at their beachside hot spot.   Entry is [...]

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Bondi Deco

Palace Court Bondi art deco architecture in Bondi Beach Sydney, pic by andy solo

Bondi Deco – Delight or Demise? Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic because of the Queen’s Birthday (even though she was born on 21 April and we celebrate at this time of the year to coincide with hopefully-warm weather in London. And us southerners really just spend the time hoping for a cracker of a ski season). [...]

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Bondi Dining Giveaway

Bondi Dining Giveaway competition to win a lunch dinner and dessert promotion at Bondi Beach Sydney

  * This has now been won by Katie Holyman – congrats Kayie! * Some of Bondi’s finest are offering an unbeatable day-long dining experience. – kick it off with a leisurely lunch for 2 at hip n happening Bondi Picnic cafe – then stroll down to the hugely popular Sunday Roast dinner & drinks [...]

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Good News Week

Bondi TV at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, by andy solo

There’s been quite a dry spell for interesting news in Bondi lately. But this week I’ve been wading through pages of reviews, love triangles, paparazzi, nudity, court cases, business splits, affairs, secret spending and drama, drama, drama! Great to have you here in Bondi Lara Bingle. Her perpetual media storm seems to have kickstarted a wave [...]

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Bondi Winter Wonders

Bondi Ice Magic ice-skating at Winter Magic Festival at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW by Andy Solo

I love a great off season. I love cheap flights, tv re-runs and cover-all clothing. I love Autumn and Spring (hello boots, jeans & Ts) but winter in Bondi Beach is where things really get going. Bondi Winter Magic runs from 1 June to the end of August and draws the crowds with a mix [...]

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Bondi Jobs

Bondi Jobs, employment at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

The latest list of job vacancies and opportunities in Bondi Beach: – Koosh Hair has a chair for lease – Organic Republic Bakery is looking for a dishwasher – The Rum Diaries is after a bar tender with cocktail experience – Salvatore Italian is after a Shop Assistant and Driver – Blockbuster has a Junior [...]

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Shop Talk 29 May

Tuchuzy Shop at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Shop Talk 29 May 2012 The latest changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – So long to Patrick at Sparrow Café with new owners taking over - Miss Chu seems to be opening a Winter Crepery & Spud Bar next door - Ravesi’s bottom bar is closed for renos – opening in July – Enishi has furnishings [...]

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Bondi Offbeat

Bondi Hacienda, Mexican restaurant at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Bondi Offbeat: The Small, Quaint & Quirky… I’m a big fan of small things. And I like ‘em a wee bit wacky. I drive a little Fiat 500 with a chequered roof. And I’d rather hang out with the Olsen twins than Kim Kardashian. You know what I’m saying? Bondi can be brash and flashy. [...]

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Shop Talk 22 May 2012

The Hill Eatery new Bondi Beach cafe restaurant at North Bondi Beach Sydney

Shop Talk 22 May 2012 The latest round of changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – Gourmet Slice on Gould St soon to open, offering super sized slices of gourmet pizza. – The Hill Eatery is the new addition to the Porch & Parlour family, opens early June. – Bowie Hair is closed. Try [...]

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Bondi Graffiti Seawall

Bondi Graffiti Seawall, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

There’s always a lot of action in Bondi Beach. Tonight in Bondi kicks off this Thursday (see you all at The Bucket List for freebies at 6pm). There’s the usual gaggle of great exhibitions & events, celebrity visits, eateries & regular gigs. And we’ve had a lot of aerosol action on the great Graffiti Seawall recently. This seaside [...]

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Bondi Photography

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

You may think Bondi photography comprises bus loads of snap happy tourists. And Uge. But there is more to it than that and this week we’re celebrating the medium in full force: The Head On Photo Festival, founded by bondi-based Moshe Rosenzveig, has provided a treat of local photographic exposure (so to speak) with the [...]

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Interview: Tonight in Bondi

Robert Kawalksy & Oliver Rozynski, Tonight in Bondi, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, Tonight APP

Keep your eye on these guys: Oliver Rozynski (L) & Robert Kawalsky (R). The Bondi locals are the founders of hot new after dark social networking iPhone App Tonight, already Apple Australia’s #1 staff fave. And they haven’t even officially launched yet. Tonight in Bondi is the 3-day food, drink, music & party extravaganza kicking things off next [...]

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Bondi Boutique Fashion

Bondi Fashion, tuchuzy boutique, Gould St at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

I have to be straight up here. I once thought purple leg warmers over stonewash denim was ok. Thank the god of glam I now have a local team of serious fashionistas to guide me in the right direction. I’m not sure when Gould St officially became one of the top boutique backstreets of style-savvy [...]

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Win Popojo Jewellery

Popojo Jewellery Giveaway

Popojo Jewellery Giveaway for Mother’s Day Be in the draw to win $80 worth of wonderful jewellery from Popojo. Popojo is an Australian owned business that designs, assembles and sources collections of sterling silver, semi-precious stone and crystal jewellery. Popojo jewellery is inspired by life, people and relationships and appreciates wearing and giving jewellery with [...]

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Shop Talk 1 May 2012

Bondi Brooke Daniels fashion boutique at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Shop Talk 1 May 2012 The latest changes in Bondi from old school burgers to Scandanavian design.. – Nordic Fusion next to Miss Chu is a new designer shop surprise. Looks FAB! – Zayira is a new mini fashion find filling the corner spot on Curlewis & Glenayr. – Oh Baby Baby is gone on [...]

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Bondi Community Crazy

Bondi Community, residents, people at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Everywhere I turn it’s all about local community. Have we reached (just this week) the critical point of global overload and are retaliating with vigilant village focus? My world is suddenly chockablock with community gardens, sustainable local lifestyle, micro-enterprise, shopping local, mate-of-mine movements and even a new gig connecting community cooks with hungry lazy locals [...]

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Bondi Retail Crisis?

Bondi Retail Demise, at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW, Wentworth Courier

Retail crisis comes to Bondi: Max’s Shoes set to close Story: Wentworth Courier. By: Shae McDonald. Pic: Danny Aarons, 18 April 2012 Five shops are empty on the once-thriving Bondi Beach esplanade. Another two are closing, while five more on Hall St have already closed. Now, after 38 years, Max’s Shoes will close on April 30. The [...]

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Bondi Training

Icebergs Trio, swimming laps in the pool at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Part of the joy of living at Bondi Beach is the easy access to a myriad of training options. There’s no excuse not to be fit and fabulous (execpt of course if your diet consists of wine, chips & chocolate). You can swim, surf, cycle, skate, scoot or SUP. There’s also the stunning Coastal Walk [...]

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Truly Tea Giveaway!

Truly Tea Giveaway competition with tea prizes

Truly Tempting Tea Giveaway! One of the sumptuous stalls at the Bondi Farmers Markets is Truly Tea – purveyors of premium boutique, hand-blended teas, tisanes & stunning teaware. Thanks to their generosity, one lucky person will win a Truly Tea pack with a gorgeous glass teapot, 2 glass teacups and a tin of Ceylon Orange [...]

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Holy Bondi Beach!

Bondi Cross, religion worship at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Early April is a time when a number of religions are reflecting, celebrating and bonding in cultural custom. – Christians are enjoying Easter (the life, crucifixion & resurrection of Jesus) – Hindus are celebrating the birthdays of Lord Rama and Hanuman the Monkey-Warrior. – Jews are commemorating the freedom of their people from Egypt during [...]

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Bondi Markets Magic

Fashion Farm, Bondi Farmers Markets at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Who was at the Bondi Markets on the weekend? Wasn’t it totally perfect! The Saturday Farmers Markets saw sunshine in abundance, great music, yummy meals (hello corn fritters!), quality local produce and a wonderful community spirit. You would have also noticed a stall by Grow It Local – a new project celebrating backyard, balcony, community [...]

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Bondi for Kids

Bondi Kids, girl on scooter, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

We’re all big kids in Bondi, as evidenced by the number of ‘toys’ around town. Surfboards, skateboards, scooters, balls, bikes and kites are strewn everywhere. And that’s just at our place. There’s plenty of free fun in the sun for the little moppets but there’s also a host of more organised classes, clubs and capers. [...]

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Bondi to Bali

Bali Girl, Bali, Indonesia, by andy solo

There are many similarities between Bondi Beach and Bali. There are beaches, tourists, shops and cafes. Community, art, surf and scenery. There’s a magical mix of laid-back lifestyle and energetic buzz. And there’s a problem with parking. But there are a whole lot of differences as well. And that’s the wonder of travel. If it’s time for [...]

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Bondi Gifts & Goodies

Made with Love, camilla, shop, shopping at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Research undertaken recently likened a person’s physiological stress response (heart racing, endorphins, increased blood presuure) of being in a large shopping centre to that of witnessing a multi-car road accident. Or something like that. (The exact results were hard to find due to the number of websites about stress with shopping carts). My point is…don’t [...]

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Shop Talk

bondi fashion shopping atbondi, bondi beach, bondi, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

12 March 2012 The latest, greatest (or not) changes to our little shopping strips in Bondi Beach… - Funky Femme has boxed up their goods and hung their CLOSED sign. – The old CM Store on O’Brien St is to become “Mad Pizza Bondi Beach”. – Abode has finally moved across Hall street to their new, [...]

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Real Estate Dreaming

Bondi Deco Dream house at bondi, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

I’m not exaggerating when I say I could happily waste an entire day looking at real estate online. Specifically finding the perfect property in Bondi Beach. At the moment there are 82 alluring options in our “stunning seaside enclave”. These include an affordable studio for our son, penthouses for executive rental, a block of 8 [...]

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