After a week in Melbourne I concluded my Australian adventure with a visit to Sydney’s Bondi Beach neighborhood and it was nothing short of paradise! Every day I was inspired by people’s embrace of healthy lifestyles and enchanted by the endless opportunities to be active and eat delicious, nutritious food.  My time there convinced me that everyone visiting Sydney must spend time in Bondi and check out the spots we loved…

SHORELINE RUNNING/WALKING

Bondi to Coogee trail – This is a must! The Bondi to Coogee walk is an unbelievably scenic and well established trail extending for 6km/3.7 miles (or 12km/7.5 miles out & back) between Eastern Sydney’s most popular beaches – Bondi and Coogee. The path between those two stunning beaches traverses along cliffs and takes you past 3 other spectacular beaches, Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. At any point, you can stop for a swim, snack or observe the surfers.  For a group with mixed fitness levels, I suggest walking one direction and taking a cab back to where you started. Runners will enjoy this path most in the morning or evening, when there are cooler temps and fewer pedestrians! There are public bathrooms and water fountains throughout.

Watsons Bay / Sydney Head – About 4 miles north of Bondi Beach at the end of the South Head Peninsula lies Watson’s Bay, Camp Cove and the Hornby Lighthouse, which all offer spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor and Central Business District. Runners and walkers will enjoy the trails that loop around the lighthouse and the impressive sheer ocean cliffs of Gap Park. I ran from Bondi Beach, through Dunbar Head to Gap Park and around the lighthouse to end at Camp Cove. It’s a nice calm beach with a snack kiosk that serves up seriously tasty Green Machine Smoothies!

GETTING OUT ON THE WATER

Renting surfboards – If riding waves is what you seek, there are a ton of options! Folks who already have some experience surfing and simply want to rent a board can do so right on the beach with Bondi Beach Hire or through Vida Surf and Health Cafe (which is on ClassPass). For an instructor and a group experience, work with Let’s Go Surfing.

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding – Unless you’re really into rough waters, it’s best to head over to Rose Bay for SUPing or Kayaking. Rose Bay is in the harbor and reachable from Bondi in 10-15 minutes of walking. Point Piper Kayak Rental is a good spot to get outfitted.

WORKOUT CLASSES

I was pleasantly surprised to see an abundance of workout studios in the Bondi Beach neighborhood, and better still, most offer new student specials or were on ClassPass! Every class I took was full and had an awesome instructor, but always check reviews before you sign up.

Lean Bean Fitness – a fun barre class that involved ankle weights and a lot of burpees! Super fun and great toning workout.

Yoga at MindBodyLife or Dharma Shala – Both studios offer nice long (75-90 minute) classes, traditional instruction and mat rentals. After the long flight from home and sleeping in a new bed, flowing it out felt so good!

HEALTY EATS

Paleo, gluten free and vegan options abound in Bondi! I had some of the best gluten free bread I’ve ever tried while there and as a result, pretty much ate my body weight in avocado toast. Below are spots you can visit and be guaranteed a great meal for special diets (GF, paleo, vegan, raw, etc).

Cali Press – Raw food, smoothies, bowls, cold pressed juices. This is right next to MindBodyLife, making it ideal for a post-workout refuel. 

Fishbowl – Bomb tuna and salmon poke bowls! Make your order a super FIT choice and go with the cabbage base, or do 1/2 cabbage and 1/2 rice. We got ours to-go and enjoyed it while sitting on the lawn overlooking Bondi Beach!

Connetts Corner Store – Awesome health food store with TONS of gluten free, paleo, vegan and organic options. They also have Kombucha on tap and a smoothie stand!

Cheers mate!

Images by HonestlyFIT with courtesy images from CaliPress and Connetts Corner Store