Clifftop homes, beachside park spaces, and main streets filled with farm-fresh cafes.

Bronte fixates on its crescent-shaped stretch of coast. Its beach and the green space that borders it, Bronte Park, serve as community gathering spaces for Bronte's young professionals and young families. Unless it's a holiday, the neighborhood's cliff-top homes and slow-paced main streets feel less busy, less crowded, and less glamorous than those of famous east suburb neighbors like Bondi Beach, and that's exactly how Bronte's residents like it.

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On the Map

Bronte is bordered by Tamarama, Waverly, Randwick, Bondi, Clovelly, and Bondi Junction

International Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 30 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 30 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 10 minutes by cab or a 35 minute walk

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Classic Beach Town on Nelson Bay

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Tracing the crescent of Nelson Bay in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Bronte's picture-perfect environs recently earned the neighborhood major accolades.

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Bronte was voted Sydney's best suburb a few years ago, and the neighborhood upholds its winning reputation.

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From beach shacks to sidewalk cafes, Bronte feels laid-back, local, and carefree.

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Its residents are modest about their good fortune.

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They appreciate the sea and the sky everyday.

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They respect the ocean.

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Bronte Beach is noted for its unpredictable rip currents.

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The neighborhood started the world's first lifesaving club, Bronte Lifesaving Club.

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On the beach or off the sand, the day in Bronte revolves around the sun.

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For surfers, the day revolves around the tide.

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If you can clamber, you can catch waves at the back.

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Babes of all ages play in Bronte.

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Hike above the ocean along the clifftop coastal trail.

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The nearly four mile trail weaves through neighboring Bondi to Coogee and winds past Bronte's Waverley Cemetery.

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Sweeping views of Bronte's saltwater pool and the ever-elusive horizon line await from atop the clifftop trail, too.

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Wherever you are in this wholesome suburb, the beach is within reach.

Bronte's Growing Cafe Culture: Lines Out the Door

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There are fewer cafes and restaurants in Bronte than there are in typical suburbs, but the neighborhood's laid-back culture is evident in each.

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The ones that open their doors in the neighborhood have established cult followings and more cafes and restaurants are coming to life.

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They combine fresh ingredients with fresh decor.

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Some are so popular that you might want to consider waiting in line on Saturday night to reserve a spot for Sunday brunch.

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Two thumbs up.

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Smart Coastal Style

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Nautical themes and dreamy seascapes float along Bronte's beach-facing streets.

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Pillows, frames, and vases from its boutiques become inspiration pieces in Bronte's cliff-top homes.

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The neighborhood emanates casual style without pretention.

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Bronte Park: The Green Before The Blue

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Bronte Park hugs the shoreline and offers grassy knolls as alternatives to sandy feet.

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Its green expanses host picnics, barbecues, boot camps, and epic hang out sessions.

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From sunbathers and brew masters to swaddlers and toddlers, the entirety of Bronte's community can be found at Bronte Park.

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Here's lookin' at you, pup.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl

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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.