Easily the most famous beach in Australia, and probably in the top 5 most famous beaches in the world, mainly because if you live in or visit Sydney, it's the easiest beach to get to from the centre of town. It has been well served by public transport for about 150 years -- so much so that 'to shoot through like a Bondi tram' (ie to leave rapidly) has entered the vernacular.
The group of people in yellow and red, centre bottom, are the surf livesavers, ever alert.
It has the typical characteristics of an Australian beach -- a long
curving stretch of pale fine sand, and surf. Untypically for an
Australian beach, it is always crowded. It's also not as safe as you
might assume from its popularity. The surf lifesavers rescue people in
trouble here every day. If you are not a local or not used to swimming
in the sea, the rough waves and strong currents can catch you unawares. I
would hesitate to swim here -- partly because it is crowded, not just
with swimmers and boardriders, but also because unless I was accompanied
by someone local I would be worried about misjudging the current.