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Jun 9, 2008 09:07 AM

Best Beach to Live?

Hello. My name is Jessica, and I am traveling to Australia in September with one of my friends. We just graduated from college, and we initially thought that Bondi Beach would be a great place to live for two or three months. However, some of my guidebooks say alternating things about Bondi Beach. We don't even know where to begin. We want to meet a lot of young people our age, and also feel safe wherever we live. We also want some good restaurants where we could eat and possibly work there. We would also want some type of night life, so is Bondi a good place or is it too far away from everything. Would we meet most people our age somewhere else? I love to shop at little boutiques as well and we really enjoy the beach atmosphere. Could we find jobs relatively easy in Bondi or should we forget about the beach life and live in the city? Any suggestions on any other beaches? I don't even know what Bondi Beach is like, except from pictures. Any advice on any of these things would be great!!!

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  1. For a working holiday you will find most head to Bondi, Coogee, and Manly. From what you've said above Bondi may be the place for you. It's only 7km from the CBD and connected by bus (Bondi Junction is also on the train line) - plenty of restaurants, boutique shopping etc.

    Dining in Bondi ranges across the spectrum from Oporto (portugese chicken burgers) to Icebergs and Sean's Panorama (that you will see mentioned on these boards).

    At Bondi Junction there is a mahusive shopping centre (Westfield Bondi Junction) that has everything from Australian designers, department stores to International brand names. With this amount of shopping there are always places to eat and the food court at BJ Westfield is one of the better ones in big centres. To boot, there is another level of restaurants. Outside of the shopping centre are interesting grocers, delis, and if you're looking for kosher foods this is probably the place to start.

    The road from Bondi Junction into town - Oxford st is a clothes lover's paradise and you could spend the day browsing your way down the road (and along the side streets). The markets (held at the primary school on saturday) have long been an incubator for Australia design talent.

    While living at Bondi is not for me, I think if I was in my 20's and travelling it would be perfect. You will be able to find hostels and/or short term accommodation (something we don't do a lot of here).

    There are nicer beaches to visit, there are cooler dining neighbourhoods to be seen in, but from what you describe you will be happy there.

    As for safety - If you don't go looking for trouble, you rarely find it. Bondi attracts the idiots any tourist hotspot does, and fuelled with alcohol, yes, occasionally there is trouble.

    Try these websites:

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    1. re: kmh

      Wow. Your information helped me out more than any travel book ever could. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it! Thank you so much again! We just bought our tickets, and we are looking forward to our trip in September!

    2. Bondi is'll love. it.I lived there for 6 great years . One of the best things about it is it has a pretty good nightlife of it's you don't have to leave Bondi in the weekends if you don't want to. Check out upstairs at Beach Rd Hotel. great bar - good music

      As for trouble...theres a few fights but nothing a girl will get dragged into

      The only downer is rent is very high now