Your Guide to Moving to Bondi Junction
Spend a Saturday afternoon shuffling through the shopping malls of Bondi Junction, and it’s easy to discount the area as a plastic fantastic commercial Disneyland. But beneath the Gucci glamour and the Prada prestige, Bondi Junction has a distinctly local flavour. Parks, markets and modest terrace houses underpin the suburb’s glossy exterior, and the Post Office, library and thriving small businesses lend the area an understated depth that goes happily unnoticed by the visiting hordes.
Sydney Airport: 30 minutes by car
Central Station: 25 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 25 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 15 minute walk
Waverley Council also services Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi to the east, Dover Heights and Rose Bay to the north, and Queen’s Park and Charing Cross to the west.
Bondi Junction is a transport hub, with regular bus and train services to and from the CBD and beyond.
Getting to Bondi Junction by Bus
The iconic 333 bus, an express service that operates from Circular Quay in the City to North Bondi, is the most popular bus route that passes through Bondi Junction, continuing on to the shores of Bondi Beach.
Other routes can be found via the Sydney Buses website, and include:
- 380 – City (Circular Quay) – Paddington – Bondi Junction – Bondi Beach – North Bondi – Dover Heights – Watsons Bay
- 381 – Bondi Junction – Bondi Beach
- 333 – City (Circular Quay) – Darlinghurst – Paddington – Bondi Jct – Bondi Beach – North Bondi
- 386 – Vaucluse via Old South Head Road, Dover Road, New South Head Road 387 – South Head Cemetery via Old South Head Road
- 389 – City (Circular Quay) – Darlinghurst – Paddington – Bondi Junction – North Bondi
- 378 – City (Railway Square) – Darlinghurst – Paddington – Bondi Junction – Waverley – Bronte Beach
- 353 – Eastgardens via Clovelly, Coogee, Maroubra Wheelchair-Access
- 400 – Burwood via Eastgardens, Sydney Airport, Rockdale, Campsie
- 410 – Rockdale via Eastgardens
- 326 – City (Circular Quay) via Bellevue Hill, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Kings Cross
- 327 – City (Gresham Street) via Bellevue Hill, Edgecliff, Darling Point, Kings Cross
- 348 – Wooli Creek via Waverley, Randwick, Waterloo, Zetland, Rosebery, Tempe
- 200 – Chatswood via Edgecliff, Kings Cross, City (Macquarie Street, Sydney), North Sydney, St Leonards, Artarmon, Chatswood
- 200 – Edgecliff
- 352 – Marrickville Metro via Paddington, Newtown
- 355 – Marrickville Metro via Moore Park, Waterloo, Erskineville, Newtown
- 313 – Coogee via Randwick, Waverley
- 314 – Coogee via Randwick Junction, Waverley
- 316 – Eastgardens via Waverley, South Coogee, Junction
- 317 – Eastgardens via Waverley, South Coogee, South Maroubra
- 357 – Eastlakes via Kingsford
- 360 – North Clovelly via Waverley
- 361 – South Bondi via Waverley
Getting to Bondi Junction by Train
Bondi Junction sits on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra train line. An 11-minute trip from Town Hall is the best way to get to Bondi Junction if you’re coming from the City, and Sydney Trains offer a Bondi Beach Link ticket that covers your train and bus fare, should you want to continue on to the sand.
Getting to Bondi Junction by Bike
If you’re going green or just feel like a bit of exercise, there are a number of dedicated cycleways that will deposit you safely to Bondi Junction. There is a separate dedicated cycleway extending from Anzac Parade to Oxford Street, terminating in Bondi Junction. If you’re beach-bound, cyclists should note that Bondi Road is busy and deceptively steep.
The TripView app is a handy way to get real-time public transport information to your phone. Updated timetables, route maps and travel delay notices will ensure you’re never left high and dry waiting for the elusive bus-that-never-came.
Parking in Bondi Junction is a hot commodity. However, if you’re moving to Bondi Junction, Waverley Council’s Resident Parking Scheme ensures residents are the priority. There are also a number of council parking areas for local parks, and parking facilities for the shopping district.
- Reddam House – Edgecliff St
- Holy Cross Catholic Primary School – Edgecliff St
- Woollahra Public School in nearby Woollahra
- Waverley Primary School in nearby Waverley
Things to do
A hop, skip and jump from Bondi Beach to the east, and Sydney’s CBD to the west, Bondi Junction sits at an intersection to be envied. But residents and visitors alike will find no shortage of attractions in the suburb itself. Beyond the endless shopping possibilities offered by the famous Westfield Mall, there are dining options ranging from cheap and cheerful to classy and chic. For those who prefer the DIY approach, pick up some fresh produce at the Eastgate Harris Farm Markets and head to the picturesque Waverly Park for a barbeque.
For those hitting the books, the Waverley Council Library on Denison Street offers welcome respite from the hustle and bustle.
Residents of Bondi Junction are spoilt for choice with well-serviced recreational areas. Waverley Park, including the Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre, fringed by its impressive grandstand, is a benchmark outdoor space rightfully cherished by local residents, sporting clubs and fitness enthusiasts.
The Centre features indoor sports courts, cricket nets, netball courts, bocce courts, fitness stations and children’s playgrounds. For sports teams, changing rooms, club rooms, community rooms and a kitchen area make it hot property.
Other parks in Bondi Junction include:
- Clementson Park
- Eora Reserve
- St James Reserve
Restaurants and bars
Any discussion of wining and dining in Bondi Junction invariably revolves around The Eastern. Centrally located in the heart of the suburb, The Eastern hosts much of the area’s nightlife on all of its four floors.
The ground level boasts the popular GoodTime Burgers Diner, an American throwback to vinyl and vintage with lavish food to match. If a day at the beach has left you particularly peckish, why not try your hand (or stomach) at the famous Man v Burger Challenge? Polish off a 1 kilo burger in under 10 minutes and they won’t charge you a dime. They’ll even immortalise your cheeky/cheesy grin on the coveted Wall of Fame.
Level three of The Eastern is home to the renowned El Topo Mexican restaurant, the only place in Sydney where a bowl of roasted crickets can be washed down with some authentic Oaxacan Mezcal.
With a beverage list topping almost 100 varieties of authentic Mexican spirits, and an expansive menu including a wide variety for vegetarians and the gluten-sensitive, it is little wonder that El Topo is the go-to for those looking to spice up their nights.
It is hard to look beyond Westfield Bondi Junction when searching for premier shopping options in the eastern suburbs. Luxury brands like Chanel, Prada, and Gucci punctuate the astounding variety of stores operating in the mall, and there truly is something for everyone.
But for those making everyday purchases, the Eastgate shopping centre in Bondi Junction has all the bases covered. ALDI and Coles supermarkets, Harris Farm Markets, Kmart and Australia Post operate here, making it a resident’s stomping ground.
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