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Things to do when it's raining


  Eat and Drink

Head into a bar, bistro, coffee shop or restaurant and enjoy your favourite food and drink. Pig out, there is nothing much to do at Bondi when it's wet.

Surf the Internet

Be more positive. Catch up on your email, look at pictures of Bondi all taken when it was fine. Study up on the history of Bondi by Googling for topics such as "bondi surfing", "bondi trams", "bondi lifesavers", and even strange things like "black sunday 1938", "bondi redex trial", "wonderland city tamarama" and "bondi march past team".

There are several Internet Cafes in Hall Street and most general stores have a couple of terminals. A lot of free Wi-Fi out there too, including the Bondi Blue Cafe (known as The Lamrock to locals), the Brave Cafe in Gould Street behind the Swiss-Grande Hotel, and the cafe over the road from the YHA at South Bondi.

Read Books, Newspapers or Magazines

There is a bookshop on the left as you walk up Hall Street. It includes a nice coffee shop, so even if you are illiterate you can be part of the action.

There is a newsagent in Hall Street, and another on Campbell Parade. Plenty of magazines from surfing and music to hobbies and science and lots of celebrity gossip magazines. Plenty of shark, spider and snake stories to terrify the tourists.

Go Shopping in Bondi Junction

Bondi Junction is the regional shopping centre for the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It has the second largest Westfield in NSW.

There are endless coffee shops, two food courts, and a lot of smaller eateries in the side streets. Check out the enormous Apple iPhone and iPad shop, right near the footbridge over the main road.

Go on a Bus Ride

Here are three choices.

First Idea. Catch the Bondi Explorer bus on the beach side of Campbell Parade. The fare is $39 but you can ride all day and get on and off. You can change to the Sydney Explorer bus at Circular Quay for free, and you will go past almost every tourist thing in Sydney in just a few hours. Get off somewhere to have lunch and arvo tea. Plenty of scenic views, museums and stately homes along the way. Make a day of it.

Second Idea. Catch the 382 to Watsons Bay, then catch the 324/325 to Circular Quay, then catch the 333/380 back to Bondi. Take something to read just in case, and have a snack at Circular Quay.

Third Idea. Catch the 333 to Circular Quay, then catch the Watsons Bay ferry. Have some fish and chips at the Watsons Bay wharf, then catch the 382 bus from Watsons Bay back to Bondi Beach. The ferry timetable is complex, but basically on weekdays a ferry runs every 30 minutes from 10:10 am to 3:10 pm. On weekends, it's every 45 minutes from 10:15 until 5:00 pm.

Go to the Movies

There are no picture shows at Bondi Beach any more (there used to be at least three) but there is a cinema complex in Westfield at Bondi Junction, on the northern side of the main street. Any bus to Bondi Junction. All first-release films.

There is a cinema complex at the city end of Paddington called the Verona, and a twin named The Chauvel in the Paddington Town Hall building. Take the 380 or 333 bus, ask the driver. Both these choices show films that are more up-market.

Go to a Museum

Here are three, all close to public transport.

The Museum of Sydney (known as moz) is right at a 380/333 bus stop in Phillip Street just up the hill from Circular Quay. It has new exhibitions about Sydney, some permanent exhibits about Sydney, and a great set of model ships of the first fleet which arrived in 1788.

Just up the hill from the Manly Ferry Wharf and the Bondi bus stop at Circular Quay is the Justice and Police Museum. This sounds deadly dull, but it's actually great, with amazing exhibitions of Sydney's past, highlighting criminal activities, murders, kidnappings and robberies, not to mention police corruption.

In one previous exhibition, a video showed how a prostitute who grew up in Dover Heights (just past North Bondi) named corrupt police on national television and was promptly murdered. There are also exhibits of famous crimes such as "the shark arm case" and "the pajama girl murder", and the case where a schoolboy from Bondi was kidnapped and murdered after his parents won the Opera House Lottery.

Lastly there is a Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst. Get off the bus just before Taylor Square, and it's on a corner, right round the other side of the Supreme Court buildings.

Hold Your Own Party

Finally, go to the bottle shop in Hall Street and the IGA supermarket and the cake shop and the deli to buy some favourite nibblies and drinkies. The botle shop is next door to the supermarket. Start your party about 5pm and party on till the rain stops.

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