Graffiti on the Bondi Sea Wall

Surfer and Nemo art on the Bondi Sea Wall

With a mural of graffiti on one side and beach on the other, a walk down Sydney’s Bondi Beach is one of culture and unforgettable views. The beach, just east of Sydney, is a popular tourist destination. From one side to the other, it features a long walkway with boutiques, restaurants, lifeguard houses, and the Bondi Pavilion in sight.

The walkway along the beach also houses a mural of spray paint art on the beach’s sea wall. Since the 1950s, spray paint sanctioned by the Waverley Council of New South Wales has been a regular sight.

Now, the Council takes applications for graffiti artists to paint the wall based on individual merit, diversity, and other factors. Over the years, the wall has featured individual and community projects alike. It has depicted surfers, animals, music scenes, and more relating to Bondi’s culture. Each mural is maintained for a minimum of six months before another artist is invited with the exception of two murals: the ANZAC commemorative mural and Bali bombing mural in memory of the Bondi local Chloe.

The walkway is used by both beachgoers and those wanting a scenic route along the beach alike. Visitors have seen the wall change over time and will continue to see it doing so for years to come.

Bondi Beach fish aerosol art

Graffiti of various scenes on the Bondi Sea Wall

Bondi Sea Wall Bali Memorial

The Blue Mountains of Australia

Katoomba Falls in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia

Crisp air, greenery at every step, and the sound of running water greet visitors in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Less than two hours away from Sydney, the mountain range is a popular spot for tourists and residents alike.

Greenery on the cliffside of New South Wales' Blue Mountains

Katoomba, home to the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, the tourist attraction Scenic World, cafés and shopping, and more, is the most visited destination in the Blue Mountains. Even during winter, the area is alive.

The Three Sisters at Echo Point

The Three Sisters at Echo Point is an iconic rock formation with each peak standing at least 900 meters tall. According to Aboriginal folklore, the rocks were originally three Aboriginal sisters. In one version of the story, the three fell in love with three brothers from another tribe. Unable to marry due to tribal law, the brothers kidnapped the sisters, causing a battle. To protect the girls, a witchdoctor turned them into stone but was killed before he could turn them back. In an alternate version, their father, a witchdoctor, turned them into stone to protect them from a Bunyip. The father himself turned into a bird using his magic bone to escape from the Bunyip but dropped the bone in the process. To this day, he searches for the bone that will reverse the spells on himself and his family.

Katoomba Falls in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia

A short nature hike away is the scenic, peaceful Katoomba Falls. The waterfall, visible from multiple lookout points and Scenic World’s cable car service, is another Blue Mountains icon. Changing by season and amount of rainfall, every day offers a new view.

The Blue Mountains hold the world's steepest railway

Scenic World also offers a ride on the world’s steepest railway. The Scenic Railway takes visitors up or down the incline past Orphan Rock, through a pitch-black tunnel, and out onto the mountainside.

Besides the mountain visual overload, Katoomba offers shopping and accommodation. Festivals and events occur throughout the year and are worth experiencing. Just like Sydney, the town’s coffee culture is alive with a myriad of brews and selections.

The Blue Mountains is a worthwhile experience for explorers, nature-lovers, and everyone else. Between exploring the mountains and going into town, there is little time to spare. Picturesque and with a variety of views, it is a surprising icon of Australia.