Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Bondi Pavilion

Surf pavilion at Bondi Beach, built in the 1920s when surf bathing had become a mass leisure pursuit.

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1928 - 1929

Bondi Pavilion

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Designed to hold 12,000 visitors, the Bondi Pavilion was part of an ambitious improvement scheme for Bondi Beach during the 1920s. Hugely popular and well used during the 1930s, the pavilion fell into decline by the 1960s and was only saved in the 1970s by the conversion of the ballroom into a theatre. Since then, the pavilion has found new functions and users.