North Bondi, New South Wales

This article is about North Bondi. For other uses, see Bondi (disambiguation).
North Bondi
Sydney, New South Wales

General view of North Bondi
Coordinates 33°53′16″S 151°16′51″E / 33.8879°S 151.2808°E / -33.8879; 151.2808Coordinates: 33°53′16″S 151°16′51″E / 33.8879°S 151.2808°E / -33.8879; 151.2808
Population 8,581 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1851
Postcode(s) 2026
Location 7 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
Residential area in North Bondi, New South Wales
Campbell Parade, North Bondi, the site of the former semi underground tram cutting where trams once terminated[2]

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.


Bondi is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rock. It has been spelled a number of different ways over time, Boondi, Bundi, Bundye. Rock carvings can be found on the cliffs at North Bondi. The whole Bondi area was part of a 200-acre (0.81 km2) land grant to road-builder William Roberts in 1809. In 1851, Edward Smith Hall, editor of the Sydney Monitor, purchased the land for 200 pounds.[3]


On 22 March 1944, original members of the Rats of Tobruk formed the North Bondi Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia and it is still known in modern times as Tobruk House or The Rathouse.[4] In 2003, the New York Times ran an article on The Rathouse calling it "an ideal beachside hang out."[5]

Ben Buckler Gun Battery

The Ben Buckler Gun 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.[6][7]

Tram to North Bondi

Main article: Trams in Sydney

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 3 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.[8][9]

North Bondi beach

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 380 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 389.[2]


Sport and Recreation

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 (31 October 2012). "North Bondi (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. 1 2
  3. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 33
  4. The Rathouse History as found on (Retrieved 6 September 2009)
  5. Borden, Margaret, Bondi, Beyond The Beach, New York Times, 16 November 2003, section 5, page 10
  6. Welcome to Waverley Library
  7. NSW Heritage Office Website - Listing Heritage Items - State Heritage Register - Item View
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