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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Bronte, Sydney

The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Bronte, Sydney
More family orientated than nearby Bondi or up and coming Tamarama, Bronte is the perfect getaway from busy Sydney life. It’s stunning setting and growing café culture make it ideal for a relaxed day by the coast or a family day out . But there’s much more to this seaside suburb, and you’re sure to find something for everyone to enjoy.
Bronte Beach © Alpha/Flickr

Bronte Beach

Bronte beach is the gorgeous baby sister of the bigger, busier beaches like neighbouring Bondi, but it is just as impressive, and is a great place to spend your day. The seafront is brimming with quaint café’s and fish and chip shops, perfect for a relaxed coffee break or lunch in the sunshine. The beach also forms part of the beautiful coastal walk from Bondi in the north to Cogee in the south.

Address: Bronte Beach, NSW, Australia

Afternoon Surf © David Cobbin/Flickr

Surf Up Surf School

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or you’re just starting out, the Surf’s Up Surf School situated on Bronte beach is the perfect place to practice your skills and hang out with the team. The school is based in Bronte, but makes use of all the surrounding beaches too. They offer surf camps for kids from ages 9-17 which include surfing lessons, a barbecue lunch and beach games for a day of fun in the sun. They also provide adult surf days and weekend adventures, which include surfing lessons, food, accommodation and an all round good time.

Sea Baths – Bronte Park © Alpha/Flickr

Bronte Sea Baths

One of Bronte’s biggest attractions, this public ocean swimming pool is set in to the cliffs at the south end of Bronte beach. It’s open 7 days a week and is free to use, and is the perfect spot for a casual swim in the shallow end or for some laps and exercise in their 30 meter long pool. First opened in 1887, it was recently renovated in 2006 to return it to its original beauty and is recognised by the National Trust as a heritage site. After a soak in the sunshine, rinse off in their hot water showers before exploring the rest of Bronte.

Sign – Bronte Park © Alpha/Flickr

Bronte Park and Miniature Train

Bronte Park, situated opposite the beach, is the perfect place to come and unwind in the sunshine. It is also home to the iconic Bronte kids train, which has been running since the 1940s and for only costs $5 per ride. It’s open every weekend and daily during holidays in spring and summer, and is the perfect distraction for kids of all ages.

The Gallery Shop

An Aladdin’s Cave of strikingly beautiful Aboriginal art, crafts and textiles, the Gallery Shop is renowned for its reputation for sourcing and displaying quality and sustainably produced pieces from indigenous artists from all across Australia. They also sell things such as bags, baskets and cushions made by skilled artisans from developing countries all over the globe, so be sure to check it out.

Buried by the sea © mjaysplanet/Flickr

Waverley Cemetery

Located on the cliffs overlooking Bronte beach is Waverley Cemetery, a great spot for a bit peace and reflection away from the Sydney crowds. Aside from the breathtaking views over the Pacific, this cemetery is an interesting and beautiful place itself. Dating back to around 1877, it is full of Victorian monuments, statues and Italian mausoleums. Set against the deep blue of the ocean, the Waverley cemetery stands out as one of the most beautiful sites on this stretch of coastline.

The Writer’s Studio

If you’ve been thinking about getting your creative juices flowing, then look no further than the Writer’s Studio in Bronte. They offer a range of creative writing workshops to help you unleash your potential, whether it be as an author of books or writing screen plays for movies. It has previously been home to an impressive lineup of alumni, with many of The Writers’ Studio alumni having had novels published, and some have since gone on to work in the film and television industry.

Bronte House and Gardens

Not far from Bronte beach is Bronte House, a beautiful Gothic style building dating back to around 1845. Originally the home of Robert and Georgiana Lowe, English expats retreating to sunnier climes, it once played host to Sydney’s intellectual elite of the day. It is now owned by Waverley Council and is leased out to private tenants. The gardens, initially created by Georgiana who was a keen horticulturist, are bursting with color and life, and also boast an array of ponds, fountains, rockery gardens and even a miniature rainforest! Only open to the public four weekends a year, if you get the chance to look around you will not be disappointed.

Wonderful eggs benedict © Guiseppe Milo/Flickr

The Bogey Hole Café

On the Southern side of the park sits the Bogey Hole Café, with fantastic views overlooking the ocean. It is named after the rockpool on the Bronte seafront, as the word ‘bogey’ is also the Aboriginal name for a safe swimming pool. Serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch, choose from their mouth watering menu brimming with all your favourites such as slow roasted pork belly sandwiches and eggs benedict, and some more intriguing dishes like cheesy cauliflower porridge with poached eggs. With friendly service and a fantastic atmosphere, the Bogey Hole Café is the perfect lunch spot for your Bronte day out.

Iggy’s Bread Down Under

This small artisan bakery is run by husband and wife team, Igor and Ludmilla Ivanovic, and is a local favourite. With fresh produce baked daily using the best organic ingredients, Iggy’s Bread offer a wide range of sourdough and naturally leavened breads, made using old fashioned European methods and always at very reasonable prices.

Grace Berry