The Tram to Bondi Beach

  • Highly Commended, Children’s Book of the Year Award, 1981
  • Special edition in 2006 to celebrate 25 years in print

Libby Hathorn’s classic children’s picture book, Tram to Bondi Beach, with stunning illustrations by Julie Vivas.

This wonderful story follows Keiran – who wants to be a paperboy and ride the running board of the trams that hurtle down the hill to the famous Bondi Beach.

The only trouble is, when the newsagent hires him, the local paperboy Saxon tells the younger Keiran this tramstop is his territory.

Keiran is determined and tries to copy Saxon’s technique on the trams. It all ends in a fall and his dad’s fury and the threat of losing his first job. Then, unexpectedly Saxon sticks up for Keiran, saves his job for him and they become firm friends.

Julie Vivas’s stunning watercolours set the scene for 1930’s Bondi Beach.



Publisher: Collins A & R

Year: 1981