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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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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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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 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? 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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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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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 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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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


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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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Win Bondi Vixen!


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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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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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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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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WAYS Xmas Appeal

WAYS Xmas Appeal 2012

Over the year, lucky locals have won nearly $10,000 via 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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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

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

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!

Market Magic, shopping at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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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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Win Bondi Art!

Wild Waves, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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 gallery to be finished in a lovely white wooden frame.   This competition is now [...]

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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 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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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

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 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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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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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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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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Win FLY Yoga Passes

Win Finding Lotus Yoga Bondi Passes at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012

$200 worth of yoga passes to win At Finding Lotus Yoga (FLY) you’ll be guided with humility, knowledge and an open, genuine approach, encompassing the development of mind, body and spirit through conscious breath and movement. And to top it off, you’ll spend time with lovely locals and the most gorgeous yoga teacher in Bondi [...]

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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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Win Gourmet Slice!

Gourmet Slice Pizza to Win on atbondi giveaway at Bondi Beach Sydney

$50 worth of gourmet pizza to win! One of the best new businesses to hit Bondi is Gourmet Slice on Gould St. To celebrate their opening and introduce their business to Bondi locals and beyond, they’re offering two lucky people a chance to win $25 worth of delicious gourmet pizza, crisp garlic bread and drinks. [...]

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Win Barre Attack!

Win a 5 class pass for Barre Attack at Bondi Beach at Balance Moves

Thanks to our fit and fabulous friends at Bondi’s Balance Moves, one lucky reader will win a 5-class Barre Attack pass worth $125. Created by former professional ballerina, Renee Scott, Barre Attack fuses Pilates, Dance and Fitness to create sexy body confidence (and hopefully a toosh as featured in the image!).   This competition is now [...]

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Win Theatre Tix!

I Want to Sleep with Tom Stoppard theatre by Toby Smith at Bondi Beach by Tamarama Rock Surfers

Win a double pass to Bondi theatre! Thanks to our fab friends at Tamarama Rock Surfers, one lucky person will win a double pass to edgy new theatre at the Bondi Pavilion –  I Want to Sleep with Tom Stoppard. Rock Surfers Artistic Director, Leland Kean, joins considerable forces with old friend and collaborator, award winning playwright Toby [...]

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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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Win $117 of Truly Tea!

Truly Tea Giveaway competition with tea prizes

One of the sumptuous stalls at the Bondi Farmers Markets is Truly Tea – purveyors of premium boutique, hand-blended teas, tisanes & stunning teaware. Back by popular demand, one lucky person will win a Truly Tea pack with a gorgeous glass teapot, 2 glass teacups and a tin of Lemongrass & Ginger loose leaf tea [...]

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Win dinner for 4!

Win dinner for 4 at the Rum Diaries at Bondi Beach

The Tonight App is all about finding, sharing and planning great nights. To celebrate the release of Tonight V1.6, one lucky winner is set to enjoy a great night at one of the current Bondi hot spots: The Rum Diaries. The Rum Diaries serves up seriously delicious food and perfectly executed cocktails. The winner gets to [...]

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Win $100 at Miss Chu!

Miss Chu Giveaway of $100 dining voucher prize at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win $100 of Asian eats at Miss Chu. Grab your cheeky chopsticks people! To celebrate the opening of Miss Chu’s new restaurant, Potato Ghetto, one lucky reader will win a $100 dining voucher to enjoy at either Potato Ghetto or the original Miss Chu in Bondi (next door). You’ve all enjoyed her delicious dumplings (and vodka [...]

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Win a Theatre Pass

Win a Bondi Theatre Season Pass for Tamarama Rock Surfers at Bondi Pavilion

Win a Theatre Season Pass + Bondi Feast Tickets! Our fabulous friends at Tamarama Rock Surfers are offering subscribers the chance to win a season pass for the remainder of 2012. This includes 11 shows at both the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Woolloomooloo and Bondi Pavilion (ending the year with Psycho Beach Party!). One [...]

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Win $1000 of Fashion

Win Bondi Fashion

Win $1000 worth of Bondi boutique fashion! Thanks to some of Bondi’s top boutique stores we’re giving away $1000 worth of fashion! The winner will walk away with: – two stunning dresses from Carousel – two sumptuous woollen knits from Museum Clothing – a luxe Cashmere cardigan from Zayira Keep on eye on the facey page [...]

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Bondi Weekend Wrap

Bondi Weekend Wrap in Winter at Bondi Beach Sydney pics by Andy Solo

Bondi Weekend Wrap – 30 June & 1 July 2012 There was a LOT happening in Bondi Beach on the weekend. The crowds came for a magical mix of ice-skating, shopping, music, dining, events, theatre, exhibitions, Bondi the Beautiful Fair and the outdoor markets, all under magnificent blue skies and sunshine. Hello wonderful winter! Another [...]

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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 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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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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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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Favourite Things

Favourite Things vintage and handmade markets at Bondi Beach

Hoot & Howl are looking for stall holders for the first Bondi Favourite Things Vintage & Handmade Markets on Sat 30 June. The great thing about these markets is that it’s indoor and outlets will be serving food, coffee, as well as alcohol from the bar. They are kid friendly and there will be laidback [...]

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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 Title Tattle

Deco Dame the penthouse for sale by Gretel Killeen at Bondi Beach Sydney, image by andy solo

The Bondi beachfront penthouse for sale by Gretel Killeen, Pic: Andy Solo A Very Bondi Title Tattle   by Jonathan Chancellor, Friday 8 June 2012 With plans to upgrade along the Bondi Beach promenade, the Tarchi family have listed their current dress circle apartment amalgamation with $12 million-plus hopes…read more. The Bondi beachfront penthouse of Gretel Killeen, who [...]

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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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Green Fatigue

Rachel Botsman talks about Green Fatigue, collaborative consumption and Garage Sale Trail at Bondi Beach

Share and share alike…Rachel Botsman, who advocates ‘collaborative consumption’. Photo: Lee Besford Garage Sale success beats Green fatigue Story:, by Cosima Marriner, 3 June 2012 While consumers are losing interest in the environmental impact of daily living, the corporate world is increasingly exploring how sustainable projects can make good business sense. When Prince Charles boasted [...]

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City 2 Surf art

The new mural for the city to surf event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Art taken to heart as countdown begins Story:, by Sarah Whyte, 3 June 2012, 3.00am THE tattoo artist Stephen Dokrugglang has swapped the human body for the wall of the Bondi Beach promenade. The 19-year-old artist, also known as Pheazy, has created a mural honouring the world’s biggest community run, The Sun-Herald City2Surf. He [...]

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The Block is Back

One of the properties earmarked for the new series of The Block in Bondi Beach

July decision for properties on The Block in Bondi Story:, 1 June 2012, 12.07pm A decision on a development application for properties at 6-12 Tasman St in Bondi will not be made for at least another month. Nearby residents believe the properties are earmarked for the next season of The Block, however both the [...]

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Virtual Bondi Business

Virtual Bondi Business online at Bondi Beach Sydney

Mat Wilson operates his lighting business out of his Bondi home. Pic: John Appleyard Virtual surf is up for Bondi businesses Story:, by Shae McDonald, 2 June 2012, 7.01am A new stream of businesses in Bondi are flourishing. And they aren’t contending with escalating rents or a decline in retailers. Entrepreneurial business owners are [...]

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Coffee Club no more

Bondi Coffee Club at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club at Sydney NSW

End of era for North Bondi Coffee Club By:, Alex Cauchi, 30 May 2012, 7.07am, Photo: John Appleyard It has avoided the “hipsterfication” of Bondi and only serves instant or drip coffee. But this beachside coffee house has the most loyal clientele in the entire 2026 postcode. Every weekday, after their morning swim, up [...]

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Light Rail to Bondi

Artists impression of the Light Rail in sydney to go to Bondi and the eastern suburbs

An artist’s impression of light rail, Sydney. Light rail plans are on track for Sydney’s east By:, by Alex Cauchi, 24 May 12 at 6:01am PLANS for light rail extending through to the CBD and Sydney’s east are looking more concrete and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore hopes construction on the line starts by 2015 [...]

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Memorial Mural

Chloe Bali Bombing Mural Memorial at bondi beach Sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Renewal of the Chloe Memorial Mural on Bondi promenade By: Bondi Eye, 31 May 2012 Following on from our post on Thursday 26 April (below) about our mural on the Bondi Beach promenade, artist Droogie penciled the outline of Chloe last night. Feedback from passers-by that stopped to watch was they have been waiting for Chloe to [...]

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Bondi Tiny Tiles

Bondi Mosaic tile repairs at the children's pool at bondi beach sydney

North Bondi Children’s Pool Mosaic Repairs By: Bondi Eye, 30 May 2012 Waverley Council has contracted Thoroughbred Tiling to repair the 30 year old community mosaics embellishing the North Bondi pool. The mosaics are ‘iconic Bondi’ and a popular backdrop used by filmmakers and photographers. The artist Lloyd Kelemen involved over 200 locals in one of Council’s [...]

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Millionaire Bingle Mingle?

Millionaire developer Jack Ray has denied claims of a romantic affair with Lara Bingle

Millionaire Gold Coast property developer Jack Ray has denied claims of a romantic affair with Lara Bingle. Source:, Monday, June 04, 2012, 17:15 The Sydney socialite, who is facing court after allegedly hitting a motorcyclist and driving on a suspended licence in Sydney, was named as another woman involved with Ray, who is reported to [...]

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Lara Car Bingle

Lara Bingle Car Court Case at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

It was like this officer … A photographer snaps model Lara Bingle being pulled over by police on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, in March this year – an earlier, unconnected incident. Picture: Szilvasi Attila Lara Bingle is due to appear in court next month after allegedly hitting a motorcyclist and driving on a suspended licence in [...]

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