Access Bondi!

Waverley Council is committed to making our beaches accessible for everyone.

Millions of people visit Bondi Beach every year to enjoy the sand and surf, yet something enjoyed by so many is often challenging for people who are less mobile, use a wheelchair or mobility aid.

Council is working on a number of initiatives to improve inclusion and access at Bondi Beach. Information will be updated as the project progresses and more access improvements are made.

Access Bondi! will be launched with a celebratory event in late 2019 when the project is expected to be completed.

How do I access the beach and promenade?

Bondi Park and promenade can be accessed from both the main entrance on Campbell Parade and from the northern end of the beach. The promenade provides level access to view the length of the beach.

Accessible ramp closure - May – October 2019

We are building a new access ramp at the northern end of the beach to improve access to the beach and Wally Weeks Pool. The new ramp will be wider and provide two options to access the beach. We anticipate the ramp will be reopened by the end of October

Access onto the beach can be impacted by high seas, surf and sand conditions. We highly recommend checking conditions and availability of equipment before your visit on the day.

Beach wheelchairs

Booking a beach wheelchair is essential by calling 9083 8400 or Email: bondipav@waverley.nsw.gov.au

During the ramp rebuild, access to the beach wheelchairs will be near the Pavilion and may require assistance from staff. Details will be provided when making the booking with Pavilion Staff.

Beach Matting

Unfortunately, during the ramp rebuild, the mat cannot be rolled out on the sand. The Beach Wheelchairs continue to be available during this time.

A portable beach access mat provides independent access to the beach for people who prefer to use their own wheelchair or mobility aid. The mat also provides improved access for everyone, such as families with prams and strollers.

How do I get there?

Transport & Parking

Mobility parking bays are located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, near Bondi Pavilion and Ramsgate Ave, close to the accessible amenities at the northern end of the beach. Bus stops on Campbell parade are located near the main entrance.

Can I stay?

Toilets
Accessible and ambulant toilets are located at the North Bondi amenities, close to the accessible ramp and beach wheelchair storage. Accessible toilets are also located at Bondi Pavilion.

Showers
An outdoor shower is located alongside the beach wheelchair storage locker to enable people to wash away sand before transferring back into their own wheelchair. An accessible shower and change room is also located at Bondi Pavilion. To unlock the door use a MLAK key or ask staff for assistance.

Beach & surf conditions

The northern end of the beach usually offers the most protection from the weather in summer. The northern end is the preferred swimming area. The southern end of the beach is a board riding area and the surf can be unexpectedly rough and rips are common making it dangerous for swimming.

The main life guard tower is located in the middle of the beach. During summer a second tower is temporarily located at the northern end.

The beach is patrolled by Surf lifesavers 7 days a week. Keeping a look out for everyone, however, can be a challenge given the length of the beach and the number of people on the beach on hot summer days.

Always swim between the red and yellow flags to help lifeguards respond quickly to swimmers if in trouble.

Bondi Beach Lifeguard

Hours of Operation

  • May to September: 8am-5pm
  • Late September to start of daylight saving October: 6am-6pm
  • Late October to end of daylight saving March: 6am-7pm
    April: 6am-6pm

Need more information?
Access Bondi & other inclusion initiatives
Annabelle Hayter
Phone: 9083 8928 
annabelle.hayter@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is world renown and a major tourist destination year round. It is estimated that 2.6 million tourists visit Bondi each year. On hot summer days, there can be as many as 30 - 40,000 people enjoying the beach and surf. Find out more >>

What we're doing next

  • Northern ramp upgrade and extension
  • Bondi Park Playground design and upgrade
  • Accessible paths to two picnic shelters
  • New accessible and ambulant toilets, an adult changing place and amenities as part of the Bondi Pavilion upgrade

Beach Wheelchairs booking

Phone: 9083 8400
Email: bondipav@waverley.nsw.gov.au