Suburb Profiles

Bondi Junction

Introduction

Located six kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, Bondi Junction is part of the local government area of Waverley. A largely commercial area, which has undergone many changes since the late 20th century Bondi Junction has a colourful history.

In 1827 Barnett Levey built Waverley House, the first of many fine mansions to grace the area, which then became known as Waverley. In 1854 the Waverley Tea Gardens, at the corner of Oxford Street and Bronte Road, were laid out with gardens, summerhouses, quilt pitches and other games and was a favourite resort. The area took on the local name of Tea Gardens until the Bondi steam trams junctioned there with the trams to Charing Cross. The name, Bondi Junction came into usage.

The suburb has been a popular residential area from the beginnings of its development in the nineteenth century. A wide variety of architectural styles include elegant Victorian terraces, Federation homes, weatherboard cottages and modern high-rise apartments.

Bondi Junction is well serviced by trains from the Bondi Junction Railway Station, and buses, including numbers 380 and 381.

Things to See & Do

Landmarks in the area include the Boot Factory, which was built in 1892; 69 Oxford Street, latest 19th Century shops and first floor residences with impressive architecture; Grace Bros; Gladsmuir, a grand Victorian Villa; the Waverley Toll Gate; and Hough’s Windmill, which operated from 1841-1879.

Shopping

Today, Bondi Junction is a popular shopping hub, featuring Westfield Shopping Centre and Eastgate, with a huge array of department stores, supermarkets and specialty stores. Also with its close proximity to Oxford Street there are many opportunities to browse for fashion and trendy homewares.

Dining & Entertainment

One of the newest entrants to Sydney's culinary landscape, Moda Ristorante & Bar on Oxford Street at Bondi Junction offers a sumptuous blend of authentic Italian classics and modern dishes with a twist. Or for modern Australian fare the Cock'n Bull hotel has been a Bondi Junction icon for over 25 years. This area is chock-a-block full of eateries including Thai, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, and vegetarian. Other restaurants include the Benjarong Thai, Bondi Junction Cosmopolitan, BJ Pizzeria, Fiesta Cantina, Gandhi Indian and Curry Junction.

Keeping Fit

The suburb is centrally located to an array of sports, recreation and fitness facilities. Nearby Centennial Park offers walking/jogging and cycle tracks, horse riding, picnic facilities, rollerblade tracks, barbecue facilites, and huge areas for football, soccer and just relaxing. It is also just a short drive to Bondi Beach, Royal Sydney Golf Course, Randwick Racecourse and Moore Park. Bondi Junction also boasts a bowling club, squash courts, cinemas and swimming pools.

Educational Institutions

Schools in and around Bondi Junction include Holy Cross College, Moriah College, St. Mark’s International College, Muses Co-educational Primary School, Randwick Girl’s High School and Randwick Boy’s High School. Nearby private schools include Ascham, Kambala, Scot’s College and Cranbrook. Preschools include the Wee Care Kindergarten, Iluka Childcare Centre, Montessori Eastern Suburbs and Waterford Preschool.