Bondi Fun Facts You Probably Didn't Know!
There are countless reasons to love Bondi and Bondi Beach. Some of them are obvious, such as the great weather, fun things to do, and the friendly residents. There are some more obscure things to love as well! Let's go through five fun facts about Bondi Beach and the surrounding area that you probably didn't know!
The Hottest Day on Record Was 47.3 Degrees Celsius (117.14 Degrees Fahrenheit)!
The first fun fact wasn't so fun for the people who experienced it! We all know that Australia can get pretty hot in the summer with temperatures reaching or exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit pretty regularly. Tourists and residents alike were in for a shock on January 7th, 2018. Almost breaking a record from 1939, the temperature reached a whopping 43.7 degrees celsius(117.14 Degrees Fahrenheit)! It was so hot that officials urged people to limit their time outdoors because the weather was causing poor air quality. Fire bans were in full effect to prevent unstoppable spread through the blistering heat, and power was turned off in some areas. People still made their way to Bondi Beach to seek relief in the waves. We hope they had on plenty of sunscreen!
Bondi Beach Is Home To a Few World Records
While the temperature didn't break an 80-year record, Bondi Beach did snag some Guinness World Records! On December 15th, 2015, Bondi Beach was the site of the Largest Surfing Lesson. The previous record was an astounding 250 surfers at once, but Bondi Beach smashed it with around 320 locals! The best part? They were dressed as Santa Clause and donations were made to various charities! Back in 2007, Bondi Beach had helped to break another record; The Largest Swimsuit Photoshoot! More than 1010 women in bikinis took to the beach for this monumental photo, easily breaking the record in front of Guinness World Record Officials.
It Has Australia's Oldest Surf Life Saving Club
The Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club is the oldest in Australia! Founded back in 1907, the BSBLSC has been saving the lives of Bondi residents and tourists alike. Laws regarding bathing suits were lessened in 1907, and more people decided to spend their free time swimming at Bondi Beach. It quickly became apparent the general public needed people to watch and protect them. Bondi Beach can have strong currents and riptides, so it can be dangerous, especially to less-experienced swimmers/surfers. Enter the Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club with teams of trained lifeguards. The club has grown and evolved over time but continues to protect the visitors of Bondi Beach. Learn more at https://bondisurfclub.com/.
According to IMDB, At Least 57 Shows And Films Have Been Shot In Bondi
Bondi Beach is as picturesque as they come! It's no surprise that it's a popular spot for films and TV shows to shoot! According to IMDB, 57 films/shows are filmed at least partially on Bondi Beach and in the surrounding areas! There are far too many titles to list here, so we'll share the link instead: https://bsyl.ink/BondiBeachFilmsAndShows. We admit that we aren't familiar with all the titles on the list, but some names definitely should stand out! How many have you seen? If you've been looking for things to watch, check out some of the titles on this list!
There Used To Be An Amusement Park!
The last fun fact is that Bondi Aquarium sits on the site of an old amusement park called Wonderland City! Originally, the park was called the Royal Aquarium and Pleasure Grounds until 1906. The park was open-air, the first in Australia, and it had many attractions. Most notably, it had an aquarium, swings, a merry-go-round, a shooting gallery, water boats, live entertainment, and a wooden roller coaster called the Switchback. The park also had the Airem Scarem, an airship that used a cable to take passengers over the park! The park's popularity soon diminished, and it was forced to close down in 1911.
We hope you learned a few new fun facts to impress your friends with! Bondi Beach and Bondi as a whole are wonderful places to spend time. There's a lot of history here, and plenty to do. If you're planning to visit Bondi Beach soon, pick up a pair of Bondi Joe Swim Trunks. They're Australian designed for ultimate comfort and can take you from the beach to the bar in no time! Shop our collection at www.bondijoe.com.