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Bondi Beach & Park

Item details

Name of item: Bondi Beach & Park
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Campbell ParadeBondi BeachWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Bondi Beach is synonymous with Australian beach culture, surfing, and the surf life saving movement. The elegant semi-circular beach, with its golden sand and safety record, is a mecca for swimmers and tourists. The pavilion and ancillary works are a rare example of urban design from the 1920-30 period. A site of State significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1891-1920
Physical description: Wide semi-circular beach, approximately 1.5km long and over 100m wide. Protected by sandstone headlands to north and south and enclosed by commercial and residential buildings. The gentle slope of the sand has resulted in a safe swimming beach for all age groups. The main surf pavilion dates from 1928. Extensive concrete promenade, with viewing bays and kiosks, and roadworks. Pedestrian bridges constructed of exposed formwork. Moulded pattern concrete. Impressive period details, like the bridge lighting. Single Norfolk Island pine survives in poor condition at the south west end of the reserve. The new deep ocean sewerage outfall may permit successful replanting of the reserve, much of which has a stark, open quality of somewhat forbidding scale. The general planting behind the pavilion (protected from the sea winds) is successful.
Current use: Beach and Park
Former use: Beach and Park


Historical notes: Beachfront reserved for public recreation in 1850's. Had to be purchased from O'Brien's estate at considerable expense. Pool dates from 1881. Surf bathing not permitted until early this century. The main surf pavilion dates from 1928. The tall Norfolk Island pines, which were once an intrinsic part of the beach's character, had to be removed c.1980. Most were dead or dying from environmental pollution.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of historical and cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, natural, landmark and streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value significance
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L6/2005Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620398

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