Is Bondi Beach Being Forgotten?
Bondi has been the stamping ground of many renowned surfers and one of Australia’s most iconic destinations for tourists, but new findings suggest that is not the case anymore.
While Australia has three listings in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches in the World, Bondi is not one of them. In fact, Bondi doesn’t even make an appearance in the Top 10 Australian beaches and only just makes it onto the Australian list at number 23, ahead of Emily Bay on Norfolk Island and Meelup Beach in WA.
The Travelers’ Choice awards are based on reviews and ratings for beaches on the site over the past 12 months. Unfortunately, despite over 75% of users rating Bondi Beach as “Excellent” or “Very Good”, it wasn’t enough to get it closer to the top of either list.
Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, is ranked highest, taking out fifth place in the Top 25 Beaches in the World list, followed by WA beaches Turquoise Bay (20th) and Cable Beach (22nd), while beaches like Manly and Shelly Beach rank higher than Bondi on the list of top Australian beaches.
What’s Wrong With Bondi Beach?
Some of the most common negative feedback on TripAdvisor includes notes that it is overrated, crowded, loud and has expensive nearby amenities.
“This beach is far too busy, its not particularly good for swimming and the main road ploughing right down the front is very unfortunate,” one of the more recent reviews says, summarising it as “a disappointment after seeing so many excellent Australian beaches.”
But other reviewers have hit back at the nay-sayers, arguing that it is an icon for a reason.
“This is an icon of Australia and I was amazed to see it was not on the recent top 25 of Tripadvisor’s best beaches in the world. What a mistake that is,” one Sydney-based reviewer writes.
“There is so much that Bondi offers – great surf (most of the time), areas for more experienced surfers and boarders, as well as areas for the less experienced, and toddlers and babies. It is always supervised by lifesavers in daylight hours (and they do a great job, as seen on the TV series Bondi Rescue).”
Others talk about the great surf, natural beauty, “white, soft sand, turquoise water” and diverse mix of people.
So why isn’t Bondi Beach higher up on the list? The reason probably has to do a lot with its renown. Mention Australian beaches to a traveller and they’re almost guaranteed to think of Bondi, which also means the expectations are higher than lesser-known Australian surf spots.
It’s also worth remembering these top 25 lists are based on reviews – and even Australia’s top beach for 2014, Whitehaven Beach, has received criticism for things like jellyfish and poor surrounding services as major issues.
So regardless of what other people say, you can always experience Bondi Beach and decide for yourself where it ranks in the top beaches around Australia and the world.