Bondi Icebergs: Giant waves force Sydney icon to close


The weekend’s giant surf forced a Sydney landmark to close for repairs after being pounded by waves.

Bondi Icebergs has closed its two swimming pools after heavy swells pounded Sydney’s landmark over the weekend.

Footage shows giant waves completely engulfing the pool and crashing against the walls of the club as staff clean up what appears to be broken glass.

“Due to extensive damage caused by huge seas on Saturday, both Icebergs swimming pools will be closed for at least 3 days,” the club said online on Monday.

Several panes of glass in the pool area were broken and the pool was drained and cleaned after filling with seaweed, algae and dirt.

A large swimming pace clock was also washed off the wall and disappeared into the sea.

“As you may have seen, destructive waves hit the ‘Bergs, and if anyone saw a huge missing clock, it’s ours!” says the club.

The club said it hoped repairs could be completed in time for the pools to reopen for the weekend.

No one was hurt in the conditions, which a staff member said were the craziest she had ever seen.

The combination of high tide and abnormally large waves caused the water to reach the promenade that runs along Bondi Beach.

Waverley Council was forced to close part of the popular Bondi to Bronte promenade on Saturday after some areas were damaged by rough seas.

“High seas have damaged the Bronte Boardwalk, North Bondi by the pool and closed the Bondi to Bronte walkway at Notts Ave. We are now assessing but please everyone be careful and avoid these areas” , the council said.

The Bureau of Meteorology blamed a low pressure system, which also caused flooding in northern New South Wales last week, for creating the “very intense surf conditions”.

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