A surf life saving IRB carves through the crystal waters of the world famous Bondi Beach on a hot summer's day. Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to Sydney's city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though crowded) waves, and is great for a rough-and-tumble swim for both locals and tourists alike.
Two surf clubs – Bondi and North Bondi – patrol the beach between sets of red-and-yellow flags, positioned to avoid the worst rips and holes. Thousands of unfortunates have to be rescued from the surf each year (enough to make a TV show about it), so don’t become a statistic – swim between the flags. With 173,865 members and 314 affiliated Surf Life Saving clubs, Surf Life Saving Australia represents the largest volunteer movement of its kind in the world.