Beachbound at Bondi Beach YHA

Can you hear the ocean? Just head out of the building or go all the way to the top and you know you are at one of Sydney’s most popular beaches. If that’s not enough, the coastline walk starts right here and takes you all the way along the coastline with even more beaches and swimming pools.

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Location

Just a couple of minutes off the beach, you can already have a peak from the rooftop terrace overlooking the whole area. Bondi is a must see for all Sydney tourists and the Sydney Bondi Beach YHA has a great location. Nestled between bus stops for 3 different lines, you will easily get to Bondi Junction, where shopping glee awaits or the connections to the inner city trains lies.

There is an IGA 30mins walk away and Bondi Junction has everything you need. For little shops and restaurants, the main street is just 5 minutes away and there is always a 24/7 convenience store just 10 minutes away.

Staff

The reception is open between 8am and 12am, which means that after those hours only the night manager can be reached and the kitchen not accessed. That, so I thought, would pose a problem since I needed to go on tours early but the staff were happy to help me out here. They always had answers to my many questions or google handy to look it up. For those in need of some quick refreshments, there is always the options to buy something at the reception.

Party Level

It was always busy but never noisy. People were busy chilling on the roof or beach and even the Thursday BBQ I attended was settled. The atmosphere was social and chatty but not excessive. But expect to meet cool people to go out with and then the party begins.

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Facilities

The YHA had a courtyard for a meal outside as well as a rooftop terrace with a splendid view. There was also an internet room and lots of stuff to hire. Surfboards are $15/day but snorkelling gear, body boards, beach balls, board games, a wii and footballs are all free to hire. What you should also consider hiring is cutlery. There are pans and pots in the kitchen, but nothing to eat from as such. There was no air conditioning, but a ceiling fan, which did not provide too much help in hot weather, though.

Cleanliness

The toilet and showering facilities were quite small but clean. The kitchen was alright considering the way that people used the facilities but the cleaners were keeping it in shape.

Security

No lockers in the room. Instead there was a locker room in the basement with lockers to pay for. $2/half day and $6/day. It is a bit costly if you want something locked away for a whole week.

Conclusion

If you need a place to stay to soak up the Bondi Beach vibe, get your surf on, chill by the beach o swim in the ocean, the YHA Bondi Beachhouse is a great place to stay at. Don’t expect it to be all modern-looking and state-of-the-art, like the YHAs in the centre, but see it as perfectly fitting into the Bondi landscape. The retro art deco building houses everything you need. Don’t forget to get an opal card before you come here by bus (there is no more paying on the bus in Sydney).

Contact

Bondi Beachhouse YHA
Cnr Fletcher & Dellview St.
Bondi Beach 2026
Tel: +61 (0) 2 9365 2088

I would like to thank the YHA again for having me. As always, my opinion remains my own.

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