Bronte beach and park boasts magnificent coastal views, beautiful adjoining parkland and gully, and a bustling café strip.
Facilities include a large BBQ and picnic area, playground, showers and toilets – perfect for families wanting to enjoy a summer picnic.
Bronte is just over a kilometre’s walk south of Bondi.
Bronte Beach lies 200 m south of Tamarama and is a slightly bigger beach at 250 m in length, but with larger rips.
The beach itself faces east and picks up swell from any direction, but bulky headlands to the north and south and clusters of underwater rocks make conditions challenging, especially for swimmers.
The southern headland shapes Bronte’s premium wave, but it breaks across rocks, so it’s for confident board-riders only.
Those same rocks create a sheltered natural pool beloved of parents with young kids, while an ocean-fed lap pool tucked in beneath the south headland provides one of Sydney’s finest saltwater swim experiences (free entry).
Bronte Beach, well what can you say about Bronte,
On Bronte Road you’ll find plenty of Cafes & Restaurants, so you’ll have no problem grabbing a coffee, cold drinks or other treats.
At the southern end of the beach are Bronte Baths, built in 1887, the same year as the baths at Bondi. The small promenade beyond them does not link up with the Coast Walk, and an Aquatic Reserve covers the coastline south from here to Coogee.
The beach sits in a picturesque valley, in front of 10 ha Bronte Park, a wide grassy park.
Bronte Park is superb and well worth exploring.
A little difficult to walk to the park a little downhill. If you get there, it is worth it.
Enjoy a picnic, with picnic tables, heaps of sheltered seating available and drinking water. Throw a steak on the 3 BBQ’s
Your kids will love playgrounds, or can run around to their heart’s content, or kick a ball
Bronte a popular beach, but this keeps the lifesavers and year round lifeguards busy with an average of 130 rescues a year. The surf club was formed in 1907, though patrols commenced in 1903.
If you are swimming at Tamarama or Bronte, definitely stay between the flags. Check your location as rip feeder currents will be moving water, and you toward the northern or southern headland rips depending on the wave direction.
The beach is fronted by a surf zone that is usually occupied by 2-3 rips, one at either end against the headlands, and at times a third one in the centre, with a rock pool on the southern head adjacent to the surf club.
If you get caught in a rip, stay calm, raise your hand and await rescue.
The southern headland rip is known as the ‘Bronte Express’ and provides a fast ride out to sea. An additional hazard is the rocks off the southern end of the beach, an area favoured by board riders.
If you want a Surf, you’ll get both lefts and rights found out amongst the rocks at McKenzies when Tamarama is closed to board riders during patrol hours.
Bronte Beach is open to boardriders and contains Bronte Reef at the south end, which can produce good rights during east to southeast swell, while a beach break left occupies the northern half.
You’ll find a fair amount of parking at the old tramway cutting except in Summer or sizzling summer days. Bronte Beaches gets regular government bus service.
Watch the waves on the beach lapping Bronte Beach – Bronte
Watch the gentle waves lapping Bronte Beach
Listen to beach sounds at Bronte Beach Bronte
Ambient Sounds of Bronte Beach sea waves