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  • Overcast skies on a wild day at Bondi
    Overcast skies on a wild day at Bondi
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  • Rough seas at Bondi Beach
    Rough seas at Bondi Beach
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  • Looking south from Bondi
    Looking south from Bondi
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  • Bondi

    by beachboy Updated Apr 18, 2003

    Favorite thing: Bondi, the most well known Sydney's city beach, is located at the eastern suburb of the city. The beach is roughly 1 km long, enclosed by north and south headlands. Away from the beach there are numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as hostels, hotels, a great variety of shops, and even a small golf course.

    Fondest memory: If you're lucky, you may bump into Hollywood's celebrities sun bathing on the beach.

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    Coogee

    by Brit_girl Updated Dec 29, 2002

    Favorite thing: Coogee is a nice little area.
    The beach is lovely.
    There is a good range of people.
    The cafes are great to sit in and chill.
    The Rugby union is well worth a watch.
    I found the people to be great and it's well worth a visit.

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    Visit Nielsen Park. It is...

    by Ronald_T Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing:
    Visit Nielsen Park. It is amazing to find such mix of yesteryear and modern beach culture harmonise here. This area is another example of the beauty and the vastness of the Sydney Harbour, with the right mix of open space and shady reserves, plus one of the best beaches on the harbour. The beach is actually called Shark Beach, though, I'm told a net protects swimmers and there hasn't been a shark attack here for decades. The beach with its open aspect at the head of a small promontory, catching the rolling swell from the harbour, combined with the stronger currents along this side of the harbour, ensures deep, mostly clean water for swimming. The contrast with Clifton Gardens across the way is awesome. The surrounding parkland is a favourite for Sydneysiders with numerous walks out to the rocks and headlands, with broad, spectacular views of the harbour. There's abundance of space and choice of picnic grounds, will it be in the shady park behind the changing rooms or on the open lawn above the beach? Oh, but wait! You can stroll to the pleasant gardens of one of Sydney's most historic sites, Vaucluse House, built in 1827 by William Charles Wentworth and now open to the public. To get there, walk down Greycliffe Avenue and turn left, continuing for two blocks until you see the large park on your right.

    See for more pics in the City Views travelogue please.

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    Go to Balmoral Beach (in...

    by amyhenderson Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Balmoral Beach... mostly just locals here...

    Favorite thing: Go to Balmoral Beach (in suburb of Mosman), just a 20min bus trip from the city centre. Go there on a sunny afternoon/evening. There is the best fish and chip shop in Sydney. Sit by the beach watching the sun go down... not a bad way to spend a Summer evening...

    Fondest memory: Having a weekend breakfast/brunch at a Bondi Beach cafe...

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    Take a trip down to Bondi...

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a trip down to Bondi beach. It's a real Australian icon, although remember that if it doesn't suit you, there are lots more beaches to choose from! You might even feel like staying in the area, and there are quite a few places to choose from, especially if you're a backpacker. Whether you stay or not, it's an easy bus ride (or bus + train via Bondi Junction) from the city centre. For the adventurous, try walking from Coogee beach to Bondi (a few hours walk, depending on your pace) - take some water with you and slap on some sunscreen first though! I enjoyed it when I did it, but I was on the verge of heatstroke when I finished - due to a lack of water!

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    take the ferry from Circular...

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: take the ferry from Circular Quay across to Manly - not only do you get a good, cheap look at the harbour, but there's a nice beach there too. The aquarium there is worth a visit, and there was a good fish and chip shop there last time I went...

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    Ferries, beaches and views...

    by AussieKitten Updated Sep 1, 2002

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    A spot fire in Sydney

    Favorite thing: Take a ferry ride across the harbour, visit Manly and Bondi beaches, and take a ride up Centrepoint Tower to take in the 360 degree views of the city.

    Fondest memory: That would have to be the '94 summer bushfires, as it came very close to where I was staying. Within the destruction of the fires there was beauty as well. Fires are a part of nature's cycle.

    The photo shows from our balcony how close some of the spot fires were.

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    Ok after you've visited the...

    by vandi Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Ok after you've visited the Opera House and walked over the Harbour Bridge and shopped at the Queen Victoria Building and visited Bondi Beach to see all the topless sunbaking, listen to me and I'll tell you where to go !

    Fondest memory: Truly Sydney is wonderful and if you are travelling from the U.S. the dollar is very favourable so you'll think everything is very cheap here. Money well spent if you can handle the 15 - 20 hour flight to get here in the first place ! Let me tell you the jewel in the crown is Coogee Beach !

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    Take one of the ferries for a...

    by corey07 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take one of the ferries for a Sidney Harbour Tour...Check out Oxford Street and walk around until you finally get to Bondi Beach (recommended for the Forum Discussion on Worlds Best Beaches...)

    Fondest memory: The moment I got there and the moment I had to leave... which I really didn't want to

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    Visit one of the Beaches!...

    by KiwiDi Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit one of the Beaches! Manly - take a 1/2 hour ferry from Circular Quay, the ride there is half the fun, you get a great view of the harbour on the way. A long beautiful beach with lots of restaurants and markets on the weekend.
    Bondi - (pictured) A bus ride from the CBD, I love this beach! Even if you dont want to swim or put your feet in the sand (but surely you couldnt resist?!)... this area was renovated for the Olympics and year 2000... very groovy area, great cafes, bars and people watching!

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    See the obvious things:- Opera...

    by suzii Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: See the obvious things:- Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour.

    A lovely little beach town to stay in is Coogee Bay. It's a 15 mins by bus from the city and has a nice beach for swimming and sunbathing. The main bar there is the Coogee Bay Hotel which gets very busy at nite - usually full of travellers!!

    Fondest memory: Lazing on the beach after a heavy nite at the Coogee Bay Hotel!!!

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    The Circular quay area of...

    by solar_uk Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Circular quay area of Sydney is a great place to start a tourist trek. Right there you have the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge the rocks area and close to Centrepoint tower and the downtown shopping area.

    Fondest memory: Barbecues on the beach , sunbaking playing in the waves in Coogee bay and scuba diving in Sydney Harbour

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    It's summer when I went to...

    by jasc_chia Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It's summer when I went to Sydney. The best place you should visit during summer is Bondi Beach. Just imagine, lying on the beach enjoying your lunch while having a nice tan under the sun. Nice view too!

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    miepmiep........Bondi Beach is...

    by ankx Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: miepmiep........Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. It is located in the Municipality of Waverley in east Sydney. The beach, roughly a kilometre long, is enclosed at the north and south by headlands. Every day of the year lifeguards patrol the beach between the yellow and red flags.
    Take a stroll along the beachside promenade, along with dogs with style and babies with attitude. Away from the beach there are numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as hostels, hotels, a great variety of shops, and even a small golf course

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    I would like to take a friend...

    by Viara Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I would like to take a friend to a nice restaurant on Watsons bay or resaurant at Bondi.

    Fondest memory: I miss the most the walks on Coogee Beach and swim at Clovelly beach. Also I like to go for an evening walk at Brighton Le Sand - Rockdale.

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