Bondi Beach is about 1 kilometre long and receives many visitors throughout the year.
Surf Life Saving Australia has given different hazard ratings to Bondi Beach in 2004.
While the northern end has been rated a gentle 4 (with 10 as the most hazardous),
the southern side is rated as a 7 due to a famous rip current known as the "Backpackers'
Express" because of its proximity to the bus stop, and the unwillingness of tourists
to walk the length of the beach to safer swimming. The south end of the beach is
generally reserved for surfboard riding. Yellow and red flags define safe swimming
areas, and visitors are advised to swim between them.
There is an underwater shark net shared, during the summer months, with other beaches
along the southern part of the coast. Pods of whales and dolphins have been sighted
in the bay during the months of migration. Fairy penguins, while uncommon, are sometimes
also seen swimming close to shore or amongst surfers in southern line-up.
In 2007, the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot was set at
Bondi Beach, with 1,010 women wearing bikinis taking part. Bondi Beach was added
to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008. The high point of every year is
the Beach Road Hotel Bondi Beach Beauty Pageant.
For most Australians beaches are not just places to swim: they represent experiences
of childhood, teenage rites of passage and places for adults to relax, socialize