North Bondi

Coordinates: 33°53′16″S 151°16′51″E / 33.88778°S 151.28083°E / -33.88778; 151.28083
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North Bondi
SydneyNew South Wales
North Bondi's Ben Buckler
Population9,290 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation18 m (59 ft)
Area1.26 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location7 km (4 mi) east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Waverley Council
State electorate(s)Vaucluse
Federal division(s)Wentworth
Suburbs around North Bondi:
Rose Bay Rose Bay Dover Heights
Bellevue Hill North Bondi Tasman Sea
Waverley Bondi Beach

North Bondi is a coastal, eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 7 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council.

North Bondi is a mostly residential area bordering Bondi Beach and the suburb of Bondi, as well as Bondi Junction, the commercial centre. Ben Buckler is a locality in North Bondi.

Campbell Parade, North Bondi, the site of the former semi underground tram cutting where trams once terminated[2]


Bondi is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rock. It has been spelled a number of different ways over time, Boondi, Bundi, Bundye. Aboriginal rock carvings can still be seen on a rocky surface between the sewerage ventilation shaft near Bondi Golf Course and the cliff.

A nearby group of carvings were done by Europeans; these were examined in 1910 by Lawrence Hargrave, who considered them to be the work of Spanish sailors who arrived in 1595.[3] However, more recent study has suggested that the carvings were in fact the work of quarrymen working at the nearby Murriverie Quarry, and were created between 1890 and 1915.[4][dead link][5]

Another Aboriginal carving can be found at Ben Buckler, the headland immediately east of Bondi Beach. It is approximately a metre long and represents a turtle.

The whole Bondi area was part of an 81-hectare (200-acre) land grant to road-builder William Roberts in 1809. In 1851, Edward Smith Hall, editor of the Sydney Monitor, purchased the land for 200.[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

North Bondi has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


On 22 March 1944, original members of the Rats of Tobruk formed the North Bondi Sub-Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia and it is still known in modern times as Tobruk House or The Rathouse.[10] In 2003, the New York Times ran an article on The Rathouse calling it "an ideal beachside hang out."[11]

Ben Buckler Gun Battery[edit]

The Battery was constructed in 1892 and was intended to protect the colony and the approaches to Sydney Harbour from enemy vessels standing off the coast. During the 1950s the army vacated the premises and the fortification was buried. In the mid-1990s, the site was excavated by Water Board engineers planning to install a new pipeline. The site has been reburied and is currently under Hugh Bamford Reserve.[12][13][dead link]

Tram to North Bondi[edit]

Residential development in North Bondi

Tram services to North Bondi from the CBD operated from either Circular Quay (via Bridge and Elizabeth streets) or Railway Square (via Elizabeth and Liverpool streets), to Oxford Street. The line then passed down Oxford Street to Bondi Junction, where it branched off from Bronte services, to run down Bondi Road to Fletcher Street, Campbell Parade and then to the North Bondi tram terminus. A feature of this line was the large three track terminus cut into a hillside at North Bondi, which opened in 1946, as well as an underpass at 331a Bondi Road. Trams entered onto Campbell Parade via the under pass at a point where Bondi Road was too steep. The underpass and cutting have now been filled in, part of which is now public reserve and units.[14][15]

The line opened in 1884 as a steam tramway to Bondi, then to Bondi Beach in 1894. Electric services commenced in 1902. The line closed in 1960. The tram line followed the current route of bus route 333 as far as North Bondi.

The service also travelled via Paddington and Bellevue Hill. Heading south down Elizabeth Street from Circular Quay, the line turned left into Park Street, then wound through East Sydney. A feature was the tram only viaduct over Barcom Avenue and Boundary Street in Darlinghurst as the line headed into MacDonald Street. This viaduct is now a road bridge. The line then travelled to Paddington and down Curlewis Street in Bondi to join the Bondi Beach via the Bondi Junction line on Campbell Parade, to the North Bondi terminus. The line follows approximately the current route of bus route 379.[2]


In the 2021 Census, there were 9,290 people in North Bondi. 58.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 7.8%, South Africa 5.8%, New Zealand 2.0%, the United States of America 1.7% and France 1.3%. 77.5% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Spanish 2.2%, French 1.8%, Italian 1.8%, Hebrew 1.8% and Portuguese 1.3%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 40.8%, Judaism 22.1%, Catholic 16.2% and Anglican 6.3%.[16]


Residential area in North Bondi
North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Sport and recreation[edit]

Since 1908, North Bondi has been represented in one of Australia's most popular sporting competitions, the National Rugby League, by the Sydney Roosters, officially known as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "North Bondi (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Remnants of the Bondi Trams". Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  3. ^ Yarrow, Stephen. "North Bondi Rock Carvings". Pocket Guide to Sydney. Archived from the original on 6 November 2023.
  4. ^ State Heritage Register[dead link]
  5. ^ "Australian Icons: Big Rock; The Mermaids; Aboriginal Rock Carvings; Gun Battery; 16th Century Spanish Visitor? – Ben Buckler/North Bondi, NSW". 18 September 2015. Archived from the original on 15 April 2024.
  6. ^ Pollon, Frances, ed. (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Angus & Robertson. p. 33. ISBN 0-207-14495-8.
  7. ^ "Ben Buckler Gun Battery 1893, 9.2 Disappearing Gun". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01742. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  8. ^ "BOOS (Bondi Ocean Outfall Sewer)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01623. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  9. ^ "Sewer Vent (Ben Buckler)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01637. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  10. ^ "The Rathouse History". Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  11. ^ Borden, Margaret (16 November 2003). "Bondi, Beyond The Beach" (Section 5). New York Times. p. 10.
  12. ^ Big gun at Ben Buckler Archived 1 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ NSW Heritage Office Website – Listing Heritage Items – State Heritage Register – Item View[dead link]
  14. ^ "Remnants of the Sydney Trams". Archived from the original on 15 April 2024. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  15. ^ gtveloce (3 February 2008). "The tram to Bondi". Archived from the original on 8 April 2016.
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "North Bondi". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 April 2024. Edit this at Wikidata

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