The friends spread out their towels and sat down.
‘What are they thinking!?’ flashed through my mind. It had been two years since I had sat down at a beach or pool…. my boys were so wild and dangerous around water, I could never stay still.
Ah well, those days are gone now, all four of the kids are water-safe. What a relief. But fear not, if you’re still at the galloping around stage, at least Bondi has plenty of fun in the sun for the littlies and adults too.
Campbell Parade, Bondi 2026
It’s the Big Daddy of beaches with something to offer the littlest sons and daughters of Sydney.
Bondi is a surf beach, of course, and can be a bit wild for the faint-hearted, plus there’s the hordes of tourists to contend with. Just remember to stay between the flags, though, and you will be safe.
And there’ the delightful children’s pool at the northern too, always a safe haven for children. And close to some nice little cafes!
The kids’ pool has a shallow end for splashing and a huge mosaic mural of aquatic creatures along the wall beside the pool. Waves will sometimes break over this pool. Unfortunately there is no shade. It’s easy to wheel a stroller along the path to the pool.
There are shaded picnic tables and a barbecue across the promenade and the gorgeous Bondi Beach playground.
Cafes: Cafes at the Pavilion and along Campbell Parade, see also a great list of family-friendly cafes on the @Bondi website here.
Toilets: Toilet, shower and change room at Bondi Pavilion on the promenade, plus toilet blocks on the promenade
Shade: None on the beach and very little on the reserve
Ocean pool: There is an adults’ rock pool at the southern end and the children’s pool at the northern end
Shark net: No
Mum’s report: The kids’ pool is great and there are lovely rock pools for them to explore right beside it.
Extra: Sign up your older childrens and teens for surfing lessons
Map reference: Gregory’s 378 D4, Sydway 299 C7, UBD 257 Q3 See Google Maps below
Parking: Two pay car parks are situated in Bondi Park, entrances to both from Campbell Parade
Bus stop nearby: Yes
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