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
Favorite thing: A close friend lives not 50 metres from this beach, so I know it well. This beach is for swimmers as well as surfers. It is clean and well visited. Whether you want a walk along the beach, have a nice refreshing swim, or just want to sit at one of the cafes and admire the view of the beach, this is one that comes across as truly Australian. Whether sunrise or sunset - just enjoy it!
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!
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!!!
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
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
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!
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.
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 !
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.
Explore all the little bays and beaches around Sydney Harbour and the coast. Although you could probably spend half a lifetime doing it, you can start at Fairy Bower (Manly) or Lady Neilson Park (Rose Bay) - or for a day trip, get on any number of buses that go to the Northern Beaches. There is nothing quite like lazing under a big eucalypt tree on the shores of the Harbour sipping wine or soaking up a good book!!! Be liberal with your sunscreen!. Check them out on: http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/parks/metro/index.html
Fondest memory: The Domain concerts in summer time. Unbelievable atmosphere. I am always amazed by the fruit bats that are flying overhead as the symphony, opera or jazz concert is in full swing. Maybe the bats like it as well. And for some reason, nature always likes to threaten and dazzle the masses with awesome displays of lightning on the very night that the concerts are on!
Favorite thing: BONDI BEACH - is Australia's most famous beach and among the world's most well-known beaches. It is located in Waverley in East Sydney. The beach is about one kilo long and enclosed at the north and south by headlands. A walk on the beach promenade is a must. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, hostels, hotels, a variety of shops. It's best to go there by public transport. Take the Blue Bus.....'BONDI & BAY EXPLORER'.
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.
Take the Manly Ferry from circular Quay on a sunny day (there are lots) to Manly and walk along the Corso to the beach, stroll to North Queenscliff and return for lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes or resturants overlooking the sea.
Fondest memory: Driving up to Whale Beach on one of Sydneys Crystal clear mild winter days days, parking the car and walking the cliff top coast road to Palm Beach for lunch. See how the wealthy live in paradise.
Manly is a peninsula, bounded by the sea on three sides. There are 18 beaches, coves and inlets to swim, sail in and enjoy, including Ocean Beach, Shelly Beach, Little Manly and Fairlight.
The Manly Summer Festival (December to March), The Food and wine festival (the first weekend in June), plus the Manly Jazz Festival - Australia's largest, longest and best known (During the Labour Day long weekend at the start of each October)