Local Chick – Adie Robertson from TamaramaAdie Robertson owns To Wonderland Wellness Spa in North Bondi and lives on the shores of Mackenzies Bay. She shares her local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here?
I’ve been at Mackenzies Bay for five years. I moved over here from North Bondi, where I lived on the rocks at Ben Buckler for a couple of years. It was like living on an ocean liner.
Why do you live here?
To greet the sunrise as I do my yoga practice on the cliff in the morning, with the promise of a new day and all it brings, looking out to a sea of eternity with the world and its troubles behind me; to walk on the sand and swim in the sea before breakfast and again during the day if I choose; to own a wellness spa in this mix of city and surf. This is heaven and I am blessed.
What’s your favourite beach?
I am a Bondi girl and love to swim at North Bondi and Mackenzies Bay. Once I was swimming 200 metres out from Icebergs and was lucky enough to be surrounded by a pod of dolphins.
What’s your favourite eatery?
I have many, including The Well, Umu, Bru, The Crabbe Hole, Health Emporium, Up South, Porch & Parlour, Organic Republic Bakery, Blair Street Dairy, Sean’s Pan- aroma, North Bondi Fish, A Tavola, Sefa Kitchen and Bondi’s Best.
Where do you like to have a drink?
North Bondi Fish, North Bondi RSL, Icebergs Terrace, The Corner House, Ode, La Piadina, The Shop and Wine Bar, or at home on my balcony with friends staring out to sea.
Best thing about the Eastern suburbs?
After I walked out on my life in the Southern Highlands I struggled with loneliness and a sense of not belonging for a long time, but when I moved to Bondi I felt like I found home again and I relaxed into barefoot living as I followed my dreams and taught yoga on Bondi Beach.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
I love the area and prefer not to speak badly of things, but I suppose the short-sightedness of councils that allow beautiful trees to be mass-murdered in the name of progress deserves a mention.
Do you have a favourite sporting team?
The Mighty Ducks – I love to back the underdogs. And the Roosters, Swans, Waratahs and the Australian cricket team.
What music are you into at the moment?
John Mayer – ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’ is my theme song! I love Ed Sheeran to bits, too. I’m also loving Dua Lipa. She came into my spa once and three days later I realised who she was.
Who is your favourite person?
I love my three children around the universe, infinity! And my mum, she’s a legend. Plus all my close and extended family and friends and my amazing team at To Wonderland.
What do you get up to on the weekends?
Spontaneity is the spice of life; I make it up as I go and am always up for an adventure. Time outside in the fresh air is a must to keep energised and happy, and I hang out with my kids when they let me.
What do you do for work?
I own To Wonderland Wellness Spa in North Bondi, a haven for wellbeing, relaxation and beauty. I delight in witnessing the transformation in people’s lives one day at a time. I’m lucky to be living and breathing my dream to bring wellness to the world.
What is your favourite thing about work?
Establishing a community here in Bondi for wellbeing. I’m working hard and utilising skills I’ve accumulated over a lifetime as a creative, stockbroker, writer, entrepreneur, importer, designer, mother, yoga and meditation teacher, model and divorcee.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Practice forgiveness. Be brave and don’t be frightened to walk alone in search of your truth; listen to that strong, silent voice inside. Say yes to love and new adventures, and live with gratitude.