April 25, 2014

IMG_5166Hawaiian shirts, colourful leis and an enthusiast crowd, helped local restaurant and bar, Bondi Hardware, celebrate their second birthday at an end of summer party.

DJ’s spun summer beats as guests decided which of the evening’s two cocktails they would sample. Having a choice of Hardware Hoola made with Ketel One Vodka, lime, coconut syrup, raspberry puree & cream, or the special Tiki bar ‘Blue Steel’ which was mixed up to order, consisting of Pampero Especial Rum, Blue Curacao, lime, pineapple, orange and orgeat syrup, it was a very hard decision, so I thought the best thing to do was have one of each. For those non-cocktail drinkers, Vale Ale, Vale Lager and Batlow Premium Cider were also served along with Forrest Pinot Gris and Villa Sandi Prosecco.

Popular Photo Booth

Popular Photo Booth

Delicious items from their new autumn menu were served, including the popular classic beef sliders, buttermilk fried chicken drumette’s with smoked honey mustard dressing, pork & fennel sausage rolls and Harissa lamb skewers.

The photo booth was a popular attraction, with many of the guests deciding to play dress up, using props such as coconut bras, grass skirts and Tiki masks, providing some hilarious mementos of the evening.

Named after its original occupant of thirty years, a cluttered hardware store, Bondi Hardware pays homage to its heritage with the interior transformed, utilising exposed brickwork, beams, high gabled ceilings and recycled timber.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond



October 7, 2013
Justin. featured in Bondi Roller Coaster

Justin. featured in Bondi Roller Coaster

I am not disabled but I find that the coast walk from Bondi to Bronte is almost impossible to negotiate – there are so many stairs to climb, steep and worn stairs, that I have only ever walked it once.

The walk is beautiful but the stairs are just too much, they put me off wanting to attempt it again.  With Sculpture By The Sea coming up, how many people will miss out on seeing this event because of the stair issue.

Adam Long’s film ‘Bondi Roller Coaster’ featuring his friend Justin, highlights access improvements that could be made to the path, allowing the walk to be enjoyed by many more people.

Adam said “Justin’s path is intended as an improvement for everyone, not just wheelchair users. We’d like anyone who struggles to climb those stairs to have better access and to allow parents with babies in prams to walk along the coast.”

Adam explained that the idea began more than three years ago when Justin, who lives in Bondi Junction, received a flyer in the mail from Waverley Council inviting everyone to enjoy the coastal walk. He’d have loved to, if only it was accessible. Justin’s crusade began.

Adam went on to say he was the first of many people to think it was an impossible dream, as there are just too many stairs. The day after talking with Justin, he went for a walk along the coast and realised how simple it would be. Everywhere there are stairs, the path could simply follow the contour line, crossing a couple of small bridges and climbing or falling gently. There are several bottlenecks on the busy path, surely the most used and best loved of it’s kind in the whole country. Justin’s path would improve access and safety at these points for everyone. They were not talking about getting rid of the stairs, so the runners and power walkers who have no trouble with them can continue to use them; in fact it would be better as the slower walkers and rollers would be on the stair-free stretch of the path.

They took their idea to Waverley Council and after collecting hundreds of signatures on a petition, they were allowed to present to a Council meeting, receiving a unanimous vote of support, but were told the Council had no money for the project.

The coastal walk is a resource for all of Sydney and vast numbers of international visitors walk along it every day, so State or Federal Government should contribute to the access improvements. Justin and Adam have met with the local members, both State and Federal, and have tried to get Council co-operation so they could pitch to private investors. What do you think?

Their film “Bondi Roller Coaster” can be viewed on YouTube    Sandra Tiltman 


August 25, 2013

BONDI_001 2Visitors to Sydney can now leave the city behind and enjoy some fresh sea air while staying at Toga Hotels new Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach, which opened its doors in July 2013.

Located on Hall Street, just two minutes walk from the golden sands of Bondi Beach, one of the world’s most famous beaches, visitors can enjoy experiencing some of the many sights which have made the area so renown.

From the famous Bondi Lifesavers to surfers riding the waves on their boards and watching the toned bodies of the joggers on the promenade or merely sitting on the sand eating some fish and chips or relaxing in one of the beachfront cafes and watching the passing parade, almost everyone loves Bondi.

Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hotels said: “We are excited to unveil stage one of the Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach development at one of Australia’s most iconic locations. This area has been the number one requested location from our guests for many years and we are delighted to finally be able to provide it. A new retail precinct opening as part of the Hotel in September 2013 will feature a selection of gourmet providores. Set amongst a diverse mecca of vibrant restaurants and trendy shops, the commanding position of the apartment hotel allows guests to soak up all the glamour and lifestyle that Bondi offers.”

BONDI_008(1)The Adina Apartment Hotel provides guests with a choice of accommodation ranging from studio to one, two and three bedroom apartments, complete with their own kitchen and fully equipped laundry.  These spacious apartments with their stylish interiors really make you feel at home and completely at ease, perfect for spending longer stays than the normal one to two nights at a more traditional hotel.  They also provide full hotel service plus a pool and gym.

Two local artists, Brad Malyon and Bill Morris, proudly expose their works at the hotel. Brad began his photography business several years ago and has six pictures showcased, while Bill, who specialises in water photography, had his picture ‘Graceful’ chosen for the foyer on the ground floor, with another chosen for display in some of the hotel rooms.

The hotel’s convenient location is right on the bus route to the shopping and transport hub of Bondi Junction, a short ride away.  The centre of Sydney is only about a thirty minutes drive.  Taxis are also available, so if guests decide to leave the car at home, they can still get to wherever they need to, with the many options offered.    Sandra Tiltman


June 9, 2013

BONDI VETBondi’s famous vet Chris Brown, now the popular host on TEN’s “The Living Room”, will be road-testing an eclectic mix of holiday destinations after going on an adventurous round the world trip in the previous season.

Chris has been well and truly bitten by the travel bug.  This time he’ll be travelling far and wide, jetting off each week to another amazing destination, exploring weird and wonderful travel hotspots plus seeking out surprising animal stories in Australia and abroad.  His first stop on the map is a Tasmanian road trip with his buddy and partner in crime Miguel Maestre.

It won’t be all fun and games for everyone’s favourite vet.  Chris will also be offering up his top tips and animal expertise in his Pet Studio.  Now’s your chance to get that naughty, peculiar or over indulged pet on the straight and narrow.

Since appearing on our screens in 2003 as the new vet on “Harry’s Practice”, Chris has gone on to become one of the most trusted and liked blokes on Australian TV.  Heading up TEN’s factual series “Bondi Vet” for five seasons, Chris is also a panel regular on “The Project”.  Chris released his first book in 2005 “Tales from a Bondi Vet” and currently writes a weekly pet advice column for “Woman’s Day” magazine.

When Chris has a spare minute to himself, he feels most at home when he’s at the beach, surfing and running.    Sandra Tiltman