The Bondi Beach promenade, which is popular with fitness lovers keen to take a stroll and visitors in awe of the famous tourist site, was barely recognizable on Saturday as wild weather continues to lash the New South Wales coast.
The promenade of Australia’s most famous beach has been lashed by massive waves as wild weather bears down on the New South Wales coastline.
Crazy pictures and video taken at Bondi Beach, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Saturday morning showed frothy ocean water had covered the iconic tourist spot’s sandy shoreline and spilled onto the footpath.
The popular swimming pool at Bondi Icebergs was nowhere to be seen, along with other ocean pools on Sydney’s coast, as strong waves continued to roll in.
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Waverley Council said the “big seas” damaged a fence at North Bondi as it shared pictures of the destruction, which led to the partial closure of the popular Bondi to Bronte walkway.
The chaotic scenes come as the Bureau of Meteorology issued a hazardous surf warning for the NSW coast on both Saturday and Sunday following this week’s drenching.
“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas,” the bureau said.
Saturday’s warning applies to the coasts of Byron, Coffs, Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden.
“A low-pressure system over the Tasman Sea is bringing wet, windy and very heavy surf conditions to southeast #NSWweather today and into Sunday,” the Bureau wrote to Twitter.
“Localized heavy falls possible about the far south.”
NSW Police also launched a search off the eastern suburbs on Saturday morning after a sailing boat was seen capsized at Bronte Beach at about 8.45am and a person was feared to be in he water.
The search effort involved Water Police, Police Rescue, Surf Life Saving NSW, NSW Ambulance, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and PolAir.
A man confirmed to police at about 11am that he was the owner of a half-submerged boat, which he had last seen moored at Gordons Bay.
Police have now suspended the search pending any further information.