Every day at sunset we show our respect by standing and facing to the west to remember all the brave servicemen and servicewomen who fought, and still fight, to protect our Peace and Freedom.
After German forces retreated in order to regroup, Australian diggers wasted no time and went on the offensive. Diggers attacked German positions stealing artillery and then used it against the German infantry defending Tobruk.
The Australian Rats of Tobruk were clearly outnumbered, but still had the courage to defend Tobruk from German troops, despite the city being bombed repeatedly.
With typical Australian dry wit, the diggers gave themselves the name “Rats of Tobruk” after Radio Berlin’s propaganda described the Australians as ‘caught like rats in a trap’.
After the Rats of Tobruk came back from WWII they established the RSL Sub-Branch known as Tobruk House in North Bondi, with the nickname of The Rathouse. The Rathouse moved to its present location in March 1962; before then it was in an adjacent position.
at the going down of the sun
Main Bar & Balcony
North Bondi RSL has so much to offer! The Club is equipped with a fantastic bar, with friendly and talented staff on hand to ensure your visit is enjoyable and relaxing.
We have a large stage to accommodate the live bands that perform every Saturday. Come on in, have a feed and a drink, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere!
We not only have seating indoors but also out on the balcony, where you can enjoy one of the best views of the Sydney coastline. So…..sit back, relax, and enjoy all that North Bondi RSL has to offer!
We have the biggest screen in the Eastern Suburbs! It’s perfect for catching up on your weekly sporting favourites, or for special one-off events.
Our outstanding Bistro is equipped to cater for any occasion, whether it’s a business lunch meeting or a family celebration dinner. If you fancy a lazy weekend brunch, or lunch and dinner every day, we’ve got you covered!
Our club features a fully equipped & modern TAB area including two self-service terminals – remember when visiting the Rathouse, bet with your head, not over it!