Between the city and the surf - Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia home swap
We plan to spend mid August to mid October 2019 in the UK so are looking for a home and car exchange for part of that period, possibly non synchrous.
We have recently moved into our 2nd floor apartment (2 lifts) and love it here. The apartment is spacious, with an eat-in kitchen which has an outlook over the outdoor, heated swimming pool and spa. We have an L shaped living/dining room, a separate laundry, two bathrooms (one with a bath and separate shower) and two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a 6` (supering) bed, made up of two long singles, and the 2nd bedroom has a single bed with a pop up trundle underneath. The apartment comfortably sleeps three but four is fine. Unusually for Australia, we have double glazing here, so the apartment doesn`t get too hot, to cold or too noisy.
Our apartment faces north and has great light. We are next to the Bondi Junction hub, with views along to the Bondi Junction terminus and out towards the harbour, with distant glimpses of an occasional cruise ship or ferry to Manly and Watsons Bay. We can also see a smidgeon of the harbour bridge from the kitchen and the bedroom, and have been told that the famous Sydney fireworks can be seen from our flat. Staying here, you would be in the heart of everything the area has to offer, with everything on your doorstep including buses to the beaches and trains or buses to the city and way beyond.
The apartment is in a solid, very well run building, with friendly neighbours and an in-house manager. The residents are mostly owner occupiers.
If you are interested in exchanging with us we`d be delighted to hear from you and happy to provide any more information you may need.
We also offer our automatic Toyota Corolla estate for exchange. It`s no longer in its prime (same here!) but does a good job. We have parking permits for Bronte and Bondi beaches..
About the location
Bondi Junction (NSW 2022) is an incredibly convenient, vibrant area.
We are just 3 minutes walk from trains and buses to pretty much anywhere. The city at Martin Place is three three train stops away although you can also catch a bus. The bus directly to circular quay takes 25 mins. You can travel well beyond the city on the same trains, while a bus to the beaches here, Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte etc, will take about 15 minutes, or you could walk there in less than half an hour.
On our doorstep are all the facilities you could wish for, including many individual shops, an enormous, prestigious shopping mall, cafes, restaurants, cinema, medical centres, library, etc.
Centennial Park is about ten minutes walk away. As mentioned, you can get the bus to Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach, but if you want the exercise they are all about half an hour`s walk away. Or, if you wish to drive, we have a permit for you to park at those beaches for free. If you fancy snorkeling in clear, safe waters, you could drive to Clovelly beach in ten minutes or so.
Linking Clovelly with Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi beaches is a superb cliff walkway, with stunning views over the ocean and beaches, or you can turn right at Clovelly and head for Coogee beach along the same path - the choice is yours.
Should you like to visit a market, Paddington has one every Saturday which is well worth a visit for its arts and crafts alone, while the weekly produce market at Fox Studios, the other side of Centennial Park, is also worth a visit on Wednesday mornings. Or the huge, indoor Paddy`s Market in Chinatown might be of interest too.
A visit to Sydney wouldn`t be complete without a ride on the ferries. You could take the bus to Circular Quay from here, and catch a ferry all around points of interest in the harbour, particular over to Manly, or on to Watsons Bay, to enjoy the famous Doyles fish and chips. [INVALID]natively, you can drive to Rose Bay, 10-15 mins, and check out the sea planes, before hopping on a ferry there, either to Watsons Bay,or into Circular Quay.
One of our favourite things to do is to walk down to Bronte Beach for a coffee, watch the world go by there for a while, then head along the cliff path to Bondi Beach, and have lunch at the Icebergs Swimming club. This is a members only club, but which allows visitors from more that 5kms away, so you can just sign yourself in and enjoy the breathtaking view over Bondi Beach, while choosing something delicious from the sensibly-priced menu. We usually catch the bus back, especially on a hot day, but that;s entirely optional!
Further afield from our house (should you ever run out of things to do locally!) you could drive for an hour down to Wollongong along the very pretty coast road, and marvel at the magnificent Nan Tien Buddhist temple, or take a look the hang-gliders taking off from Stanwell Tops. The Blue Mountains are an hour and a half drive away, or you could just hop on train from if you prefer.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
- Long Term Exchange
- Housesitting Offered
- Rental Offered
Conditions of home exchange