Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia home swap

New Years Eve fireworks in Sydney, anyone?

This is a leap of faith at this stage because, although the photos here are mostly of our current home, we are proposing an exchange with a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment which will be ours by the end of April (2018) . Please check out this link from when it was presented for sale - have a look at the photos, and perhaps try to imagine our furniture and own artwork there! We have bought the kitchen dining set and the bookcases and tv unit from the vendor of the flat (a retired Director of the London Royal Ballet, would you believe) so they will be the same, at least.
We have to ask you to bear with us while we move, after which we can upload photos of our new home!

As it is about ten minutes walk from where we are now, the flat is even more convenient than our house, being adjacent to Bondi Junction Station and bus terminus. You will be in the heart of everything the area has to offer, with transport on your doorstep, to the beaches, the city and to way beyond. As our son and family lived in our building for six months while they had their house renovated we can offer the flat for exchange in the confident knowledge that It is in a solid, very well managed place, with friendly neighbours and an in-house manager. The residents are mostly owner occupiers. There is an outdoor, heated swimming pool.

Our flat is on the second floor (there are two lifts) and has views to the north, with 'glimpses' of the harbour where ferries and cruise ships can be seen passing by. We can also see a smidgeon of the harbour bridge and have been told that, yes, the fireworks can be seen!

As with our house, the main bedroom will have a king sized bed (6') made up of two singles. The second bedroom will have a single bed (3') with a pop-up trundle for that extra guest. (We have recently sold our terraced cottage but include the photos here as our new flat will still contain some of the furnishings! Also, it gives a good idea of what to expect re standard and presentation etc)

About the location

Bondi Junction (NSW 2022) is an incredibly convenient , vibrant area.
We are just 3 minutes walk from the trains and buses. We are three train stops from Martin Place in the city, although you can travel well beyond there on the same trains, while a bus to the beaches will take about 15 minutes .
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

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only

Bondi Junction (HE17191)

New South Wales,   Australia

  • 2 bed   (sleeps 4) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • London
We would very much like to exchange somewhere as close as possible and certainly within easy reach of Stoke Newington, where our daughter lives, from about mid-November 2018 to around mid January 2019. This is very flexible at this stage.

Dates available

November 2018 - January 2019

Swap duration: 1 - 2 months

Meet the member

Adults: 2     
Experienced Exchanger

Membership expiry date: 19 Mar 2019