Bondi Junction, Site of Stabbing Attack, Is a Popular and Busy Hub

Tourists wandering the sprawling mall for gifts. Beachgoers picking up sunscreen before heading to the water. Friends meeting for coffee.

Bondi Junction, the area of Sydney, Australia, where Saturday’s stabbings took place, is a bustling hub that regularly draws crowds on weekends. They can go to the glossy Westfield mall complex and buy from high-end stores like Chanel and Gucci, catch a film at the cinema or buy their weekly groceries at major retailers.

The shopping area’s early development in the 1970s made it one of Australia’s largest development projects. And during a major renovation in 2005, it was known as one of the largest shopping centers in the Southern Hemisphere. An array of small businesses, including cafes and yoga studios, have sprung up in the area, making it an attractive meeting ground.

It is also a major gateway that funnels beachgoers and residents from central Sydney to the wealthy eastern suburbs that are home to many of the city’s most popular coastlines. That includes the famous Bondi Beach, which means that on any given weekend, tourists and backpackers are in the mix along with residents of the area.

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