11 reasons to eat, play and stay at Bondi with kids

We love Bondi

Written in collaboration with TFE Hotels

How could we possibly get from Mexico to the Middle East via Italy in one weekend without punching a big fat hole in the space-time continuum? Easy. It turns out that The Adina Apartment Hotel in Bondi is a portal to a whole world of fun experiences and face stuffing for this family.

I have to be honest. As a life long Sydney dweller, I’d never really signed up to the cult of Bondi. I’d always felt there were prettier and less crowded beaches, funkier shopping districts and other entertainment and dining hubs. Add Bondi’s enormous crowds to the equation and I just didn’t get it. That is until we spent a weekend soaking up it atmosphere and eats. Now I’m happily chugging back the Bondi kool aid.

The turnaround comes from basing ourselves in Bondi for a weekend. In the middle of winter. Sure the colder temperatures mean there’s no soaking in the water. But the lack of crowds and queues mean we could more readily soak up Bondi’s other charms. And there are many.

Here are our top 11 reasons to eat, play and stay at Bondi with Kids this winter;

1. Churros by the sea

CHurros from San Churro Bondi Beach
Sure, fish and chips may be more of a trad beach treat but on a winter’s morning we can’t go past a box of hot and sweet churros from San Churro, which is conveniently located opposite the skate park.

2. Getting our skates on 

Skater boy at Bondi Skate Park

Raffles, though new to skateboarding, is fairly obsessed after meeting champion skater Alex Sorgente. Needless to say he’s pretty excited to try his new skills at the Bondi Skate Park. Getting here nice and early means he has it all to himself before the more experienced riders drop in to do their thing.

3. Art and about

Bondi street artSugarpuff is more inclined to scoot than skate, so while Raffles takes on the skate park she and I take to Bondi Beach’s street art strewn boardwalk for a little art appreciation on wheels.


Raffles too takes a break from his board to check out some of the stunning artworks from talented local and international artists that adorn the wall.

4. Surfs up


We watch in awe as wet suited folk far braver than ourselves hit the surf on their boards. But on this rather chilly occasion we decide to stick to building sand castles, practising cartwheels and burying each other in Bondi’s golden sand. Oh, and of course hanging with the camels.

5. Camel capers

CAmels at Bondi for BOndi WInter Magic

Wait, what? No, we’re not hallucinating. Well, at least not about this. As part of the Bondi Winter Magic festival (19 June to 30 July), Saturdays and Sundays will see the ships of the desert taking the place of bikini-clad sunbathers on Bondi Beach.

eat, play and stay at Bondi with Kids

Raffles and Sugarpuff can’t get enough of their new, and I must note, rather fragrant friends, and are soon bumping their way down the beach grinning like buffoons.

6. ‘Bergs in the ‘burbs

Icebergs is a great spot for lunch or a swim

Nope not in the water! Although some of the brave swimmers at what has to be one Sydney’s best known ocean pools certainly look iceberg-like after they exit the freezing water. Located at the South end of the beach, Icebergs is the spot for bubbles and breathtaking vistas over Bondi Beach. On this occasion, we’re skipping the more salubrious restaurant for the more wallet friendly Bistro next door for a post-camel lunch of fish and chips and bevvies with a view over Bondi beach.

7. Cliffhanger

View from Bondi to Bronet Walk.

The cooler weather means a dip in the usual crowds along the Bondi-Bronte walk. It is the most famous and most walked track in Sydney and, coincidentally, starts right outside Icebergs.

eat, play and stay at Bondi with Kids

While a few sections of the coastal walk have completely collapsed after Sydney’s recent storms, that didn’t stop my little adventurers, or several hundred other folks, from trekking its lofty picturesque length.

8. Ice Capades

Ice skating on Bondi Beach The Bondi Winter Magic festival means that along with chilly camels, Australia’s only beachside ice rink will be frosting up Bondi Beach (from 1-17 July). We got our skates on last year and we’re so excited by our latest Bondi discoveries that we’ll be we’ll be heading back in the coming weeks to show off our best moves. Just quietly, these mostly involve falling indelicately on to our backsides.

9. Swings and roundabouts

Bondi Beach Playground

And slides and climbing frames too! There’s a great, gated playground right alongside Bondi Pavilion that the kids simply can’t resist.

10. We all scream for ice cream

STreet art at Bondi

Winter or not, nothing says a day on the beach quite like a couple of sticky ice cream coated kids. Though the icy poles on the graffiti wall tempt Raffles momentarily, it is the siren call of Gelato Messina that proves irresistible.

Gelato Messina Bondi

Somewhat serendipitously, Messina is located right next door to our digs at the Adina Apartment Hotel, meaning there’s no escaping its icy clutches.

11. Divine digs

Lounging in the lobby of the Adina Apartments Bondi

We’re staying at The Adina Apartment Hotel just a few minutes stroll from the beach front. It is modern, warm and inviting and conveniently nestled along the hip strip that is Hall Street between some of Bondi’s best restaurants and above a gourmet provedore, which we take the utmost advantage of. With a good choice of accommodation in Sydney, Adina’s modern apartments offers space, handy kitchenettes and laundry facilities, with all the comforts of a hotel, making them an ideal choice for holidaying families like ours.

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with TFE Hotels but all experiences, activities and meals were independently paid for and opinions are our own.

23 Comments on 11 reasons to eat, play and stay at Bondi with kids

  1. Trish
    July 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I am thinking of staying overnight in Bondi when I do the city 2 surf …I’d better my skates on and book. Love your Bondi adventure.

      July 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm (8 years ago)

      IT would be the perfect place to stay!

      July 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm (8 years ago)

      SO many great photo ops in BOndi, Lorraine x

  2. Anna
    July 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Chugging back the Bondi kool aid!!! Love it! The art down there is sensational. As always; gorgeous photos.

  3. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    July 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Loved this post. We have just relocated to Sydney from Canberra to open up a business in Bondi and I am so glad to see you enjoying the area with your young children. I am guessing that we will be spending a lot of time in the area with our young boys.

      July 6, 2016 at 5:44 pm (8 years ago)

      IT would be the perfect place to stay! How lucky they are to spend time in such a great part of Sydney 🙂

  4. Amy @ Handbagmafia
    July 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm (8 years ago)

    I love that street art! Bondi is such a great place to hang out.

  5. Rohini
    July 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

    Bondi is always great with so many things all around ! Have not tried Churros so far … Next time 🙂
    Nice read.

      July 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm (8 years ago)

      DOn’t miss them Claire! It’s so much fun

  6. Bryony
    July 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm (8 years ago)

    We lived in Sydney for ages and never went to Bondi – it’s totally on the list for next visit now. And just LOVE all the photos – what sort of camera do you have?

      July 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks. The pics are a combo of DSLR, GoPro & my iPhone. I snap with whatever takes my fancy at the moment.

  7. Grace
    July 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Great photos! And yay to all the fun things to do in Bondi! Love living here 🙂 x

      July 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm (8 years ago)

      You lucky thing having all that on your doorstep x

  8. Hobart accommodation
    November 6, 2016 at 12:02 am (7 years ago)

    Amazing information you have shared! Claps for the authors! Most of the travelers are worried about their kids, whether they will enjoy or not, love food or not. This will help them to get the best for their kids.


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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