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“Cafe Society by the Sea” 4 of 5 stars
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Bronte Beach
Bronte Road, Bronte, Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Bondi Visitors Information Centre 61 02 9130 5311
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Owner description: Bronte Beach, sandwiched between the bigger Bondi and Coogee beaches, is a cozier stretch of sand and surf perfect for families.
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“Cafe Society by the Sea”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Bronte Beach is famous for lots of things: it is part of the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee; the walk between Bronte and Bondi is part of Sculptures by the Sea each year, its rocky coast line an excellent platform from which to display some of the Works; and, it is probably the epicentre of Café Society by the Beach on the southern side of the Harbour. This beach is at the end of a grassy valley reaching up into the Suburb of Bronte, offering lovely private walks and picnic nooks and crannies. On the sea front there is also a sweeping expanse of grassed area dotted with covered picnic tables, like clusters of rotundas by the sea. The beach itself is clean and white sanded, Sydney siders are blessed with any number of white sanded beaches. The beach nestles against a backdrop of a suburb that rises steeply from sea level to impressive altitude. Middle class coastal suburbia enjoys the views, enjoys the beach, enjoys the cafes, enjoys proximity to the city. On weekends large groups often gather, complete with sound systems and dance music, I most enjoyed a Latin American manifestation of this. BBQ's sizzle, refreshments are almost tidal and everyone has a great time. In the Summer a miniature train offers rides to children. There is a rock pool. There is sun. Take your sun block. There is fun. Take your camera.

Visited January 2014
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“A good walk to get rid of jet lag.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I wanted a good walk to get a good stretch and get a full movement in the limbs and what was better than a walk around the coast starting in Bondi. There are lots of activities to watch on the beach and everyone was either walking, swimming, running, and of course surfing. The climb was gentle and we passed the open air swimming pool with waves gently splashing over the sea wall adjacent to the pool. Bronte beach a much quieter setting than Bondi had a few surfers and seemed sheltered from the elements. We found a lovely eatery and had a substantial breakfast. Recommend this to wake up the soul.

Visited March 2014
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“Great Walk with Great Restaurants and Clean Sand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The walk around the beach and further to beaches close by provide a great view, medium demand walk and provide wall to wall restaurants, bars and shopping for the traveller or visitor to the area. Safe swimming - between the flags caps off a great day.

Visited February 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Stopped here whilst walking from Bondi to Coogee (a great and highly recommended 5km walk) and had a gluten free freshly grilled baramundi and salad, along with (non gluten free) traditional fish and chips. It was excellent and a reasonable price. Ate it on one of many benches available in the park opposite, just yards from the sea.

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“A memory of better days long gone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I lived right on this beach for many years until 2008.

It used to be my favourite ocean beach, and still is in the middle of winter.

It has the best setup from all the beaches, with the bogey hole safe for children, the cliffs for cliffjumping, the iconic bronte to McKenzies open ocean swim past tamarama and the rock pool.

As with all things of beauty these days, the crowds destroy it in the end...

By 2008 there were frequent break ins and vandalism at the cafes, partying teenagers on the wkends in the park, broken beer bottles, etc

The rockpool continuously overcrowded in the summer, no chance of lap swimming unless you want to go at 5-6am

In the end people were camping out with food on my doorstep and total loss of respect for the local residenst was a common thing.

In the winter things are still reminiscent of the good old days, endless laps in the rockpool, sunset drinks and snacks at the cafes, and running up and down the coastal walk without the crowds.

For a tourist visit coogee is probably better as swimming is safer, but Bronte is still beautiful to look at, if not as nice anymore to enjoy...

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