Bondi Icebergs

Bondi Icebergs

The Swimming Club's origin dates back to 1929 and owes its origins to the desire of a band of dedicated local lifesavers who wished to maintain their fitness during the winter months. They formed the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club and drew up a constitution and elected office bearers. Included in the constitution was a rule that to maintain membership it was mandatory that swimmers compete on three Sundays out of four for a period of five years.

The Icebergs became licensed in 1960 and the members moved from a tin shed into comfortable premises with Bar and Poker Machines. A further update took place in the 1970s enabling the Club to operate on two floors. In 1994 female members were admitted and in 2002 the Club opened their new premises. The Icebergs are the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world. (Credit: Wikipedia).


Bondi Icebergs

Media Man is in business talks with Bondi Icebergs


“Picture the perfect Sydney day. Now imagine the restaurant to go with it. Staff whisk away your car keys for the valet parking before leading you into a dazzling room. After a quick glass of bubbly at the flirtatious bar, you head to your table where the water view is as relaxed as the food. Welcome to Icebergs Dining Room and Bar the best New Restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide."

Arguably Bond Beach's premier venue, be for eating, drinking, parting, swimming or anything else. It's too easy to just loose yourself up there for the majority of the day - Greg Tingle, Media Man


Ivy league party hits iceberg - 2nd January 2008
(Credit: The Daily Telegraph)

IT was a clash of the recovery bashes yesterday, with the first major event at Justin Hemmes' new venture ivy and the traditional New Year's Day knees-up at Bondi Icebergs competing for the cool crowd.

The entrance to bar tsar Hemmes' brand spankin' new super-duper venue the ivy still resembles a construction zone.

However, inside more than 1000 of the city's young and beautiful enjoyed the first two levels and beer garden for the Oneday presents Dayone party.

The venue - which had been strongly opposed by local police - had a strong security presence.

Tunes from Dirty Laundry, Tenzin and Jeff Drake overflowed on to an empty George St devoid of officegoers on the public holiday.

Perennial partygoers Luke Ricketson and Kate Waterhouse and Bondi Blonde babe Jaime Wright were among the eager beavers who fought off the previous night's largesse and made it to both soirees.

"The ivy's a new venue so it's very exciting for everyone to come and check it out - but absolutely nothing beats Bondi Beach," Wright said.

In terms of big names, Icebergs also proved a super drawcard, pulling the likes of Superman Returns star Kate Bosworth, superfish Ian Thorpe and former supermodel Gail Elliot.

While bikini-clad backpackers propped outside in fold-up chairs beside their campervan eating mangos, the A-list guests inside feasted on pizza, ricotta and spinach arancini and lemon meringue tartlets.

Sneaky Sound System, DJ Miss Annie and funnyman Austen Tayshus entertained the funky throng at the charity event for Norman Andrews House.

Sass & bide designer Heidi Middleton, who recently returned to work after battling breast cancer, said she was looking forward to putting the past year behind her.

"Eight is a lucky number - I feel absolutely vibrant and healthy and lucky to be alive," she told Confidential.

"The year 2007 was a challenge but 2008 is going to be all about new beginnings."

Icebergs owner Maurice Terzini spent the day on crutches after breaking his fibula in a fall last month - but that didn't seem to slow him down.


Days of sunshine and grace, by John Pilger - 9th October 2008


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