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SCULPTURE BY THE SEA: THE GUIDE
ACCESSIBILITY: Public & private transport. The coastal walk is not wheel chair friendly and has a few steep staircases.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Sunrise to beat the crowds, Midday to enjoy the sun.
LOCATION: 7km from Central Station|5 minute walk from the Bondi bus stop Location on Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 2km track one way
TIME REQUIRED: 2-3 hrs. 1 hr for the walk and 1-2 hrs to chill.
TOURIST RATING: Hella busy always, except sunrise.
OUR TIPS: Go early for the best photos, take water, be sun smart and go for a swim.
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SCULPTURE BY THE SEA: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
Sculpture by the sea is the worlds largest, free, public sculpture exhibition in… the… woorrlldd!! And it happens annually at both Bondi in Sydney and Cottesloe in Perth. 3 years ago Zade visited me in Western Australia and we attended the event then watched the sun set. This year we attended during the opening weekend for our Sunday Funday adventure.
The event hosts over 100 Australian and international artists with their works strategically placed along the coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach.
The walk is approximately 2km long and can get very, very busy and super, super hot. There are tents along the way that offer free sunscreen and water refill stations too so make sure you bring your own bottle along and be sun smart because cancer and dehydration are reealll especially down under.
Located approximately half way through the walk is Marks Park which is a large grassed area where they typical place the more interactive sculptures. You’ll also find bathrooms, food and beverage stalls as well as a marque with smaller, more fragile works on display.
When you leave Marks Park you’ll come around Mackenzies bay. You’re bound to see a local or 10 accompanied by their sea loving doggos enjoying the shallow rock pools at low tide. If you want to join them make sure you wear your kini’s and bring a towel.
Just past Mackenzies Bay you’ll walk up to the last platform of the walk which overlooks Tamarama Beach. This is a great spot to pull up for a minute and watch the waves roll into the beach. Once your done ‘watching’ you can continue on to see the last of the sculptures on the sand below.
When you’re satisfied that you’ve seen enough sculptures for one day ypu can now bask in everything Tamarama has to offer. You can hit the sea for a swim or surf, lay out on the sand listening to beats, have a game of volleyball, cook up a feed on the public BBQs or enjoy an Iced Latte from the beach cafe. Whatever it is you do, make sure you allow AT LEAST an hour here. Better yet make it two. You won’t regret it!!
Overall, the walk is a nice day activity suited to anyone who enjoys art or being in the sun. If your not overly keen on crowds and have the will power to wake up early, we recommend going at sunrise on a weekday, especially if you want peopleless photos.
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