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The Beaches of Sydney =)
They amplitude of beaches in Sydney... While I was there we saw multiple beaches, here's the list and what I thought and did.
1. Coogee Beach (On Day 1, we started at this beach and walked, and walked and walked the scenic route to Bondi Beach). It took us about two and 1/2 hours. It was wonderful and a great way to start my travels in Sydney. At coogie beach, you can dive in and take a swim in the ocean and then start your hike. As you walk, you get amazing views (pics below), you see people playing rugby, you pass through a graveyard (which was a little disturbing), climb on rocks and have a lot of fun while exercising. (PIC 1 and 2)
2. Manly Beach - the three hour walk. So Manly Beach was nice, slightly crowded the day we went, but beautiful. We decided to do the walk, and it was amazing. We came upon a lot of small beaches with beautiful water. It was very romantic and a fun hike. THere are a lot of beaches along the way and you at one of them you can even see penguins ( but we didnt' see any). (Pic 3)
3. Watson Bay-again really pretty, fun to sit and have some fish and chips. IF you go off and ask follow the path to the hike above and keep going towards the national park area, you can ask people about "Cook Beach". A very small secluded beach taht's hard to find unless you go looking for it. The sunset there was amazing!!! (Pic 4)
(FOR THE ABOVE 3-- IF YOU GET DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, just follow the paths in the book (esp for the Manly beach one), we improvised a little so that we could see what we wanted)
4. Dee Why Beach - we stopped here briefly, the tides were strong and it started to rain, so we didnt' get to enjoy it as much as I would have like to, but there are usually lots of surfers out here and it's got good places to eat and usuall crowded.
5. Avalon- also good for surfing
6. Palm Beach-- also very pretttty, a beautiful drive up that way, and we got to see all the beaches on the way up. (PIC 5)
- Family Travel
There are plenty of beaches near Sydney, Bondi of course being the most famous. We spent time at two, Balmoral and Manley.
Balmoral was where the wedding reception was held, it's a lovely quiet beach in a very pretty area.
Manley is a bit more lively, a big hit with back packers, there are back packer hostels and hotels lining the main shopping street.
Eastern Suburbs Beaches... Part V
My home beach, and obviously, one of my favourites. It isn't crowded like the others and you can always find a spot to lay your towel on the sand. It's a farely large beach with great surf.
If you don't want waves, a visit to Mahon Pool (on the northern side about 300 metres past the beach along the cliff-face) is really nice. There is also a nice little cafe near Mahon Pool.
It doesn't have the lively scene of Bondi or Coogee, but it's a nice beach without dealing with the crowds.
Type = Surf. Salt-water bathing pools available. Bars, cafes.
There is also a rifle range located south of the beach for anyone wanting to have some practice. It's located on a peninsula... prized location these days!
Getting There = From Bondi Junction Railway station or Coogee Beach, get the 353 bus. Alternatively, you may walk along the coastal walk via Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee beaches. From the city centre, either get the 377 or 396 bus.
- Water Sports
- Adventure Travel
Eastern Suburbs Beaches... Part IV
At the southern tip of the peninsula, it offers restaurants, a national park and the "snake man" on weekends who shows off his snakes. It's a great show! Just provide a donation to him as payment.
There is also Bare Island... an old fort built within the island. You can also see Kurnell where Captain James Cook first landed, the mouth of Botany Bay, the oil refinery and airoplanes flying over Botany Bay either landing or taking off to/from Sydney Airport.
The national park to the east is nice for some bush walking or maybe some spear fishing. There are good golf coarses nearby also.
There are a few beaches around La Perouse (one of the western side with a view of the oil refinery) and two on the eastern side (nicer). Conwong Beach and Little Conwong Beach... the latter is a nudist beach but not formally nude. I recommend walking straight past this beach as it's mainly of men "hanging out".
Type = Calm. Restaurants, national park.
Getting There = From the city centre, get the L94, 394 or X94 bus.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
HOT!!IN THE CITY GO TO THE BEACH..SOUTHSIDE..
When visiting Sydney in the summer the weather can become very hot and if you like the beach then jump on a bus or train/bus and go to the one of many of the fine Eastern suburbs beaches..ie: Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama,Clovelly or Coogee..These are wonderful Sydney beaches that are very well known especially Bondi and Coogee beaches..it certainly is a budget way to spend the day. The majority of Sydneys beaches are patrolled by life guards for your safety...Transport depends on where you are staying in Sydney's eastern or western or southern suburbs..trains and/or connecting busses will get you to the beach of your choice..timetables for busses and trains are available at various train stations and bus info is a quick phone call..yes..ALWAYS REMEMBER...when swimming on Australian beaches...
ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS..THESE ARE THERE FOR YOUR SAFETY..
- Budget Travel
- Water Sports
ICONIC BONDI BEACH IN WINTER
As my vter/mate was a few days away from going back home, I took her to the iconic and very popular Sydney beach, BONDI. At first sight of the scenic beach, its big waves lapping before our almost frozen bodies, that winter day being so cold at around 8 degrees, my friend's face lighted up and all she could say was, "Bondi is truly beautiful!" The public baths of course were isolated but you could see BONDI in a new light in winter.
Luckily it got sunny after a few minutes while we were taking photos, so it was a bonus, the much welcome heat from the bright sun was enough to help us withstand the cool breeze from the ocean.
Even in winter, BONDI is still magical, just imagine it in summer when it gets so crowded and the nudists sunbathers are around too! So whatever the season, this place is fantastic!
Look for the amenities toward the left side at the arcade in front of the beach- showers and toilets are there, including heaps of shopping and restaurants.
- Adventure Travel
Cliff Top Beach Walk
This is my No. 1 Top thing to do in Sydney. An exhilarating walk from picturesque beach to picturesque beach. You can take the scenic route and get closer to the edge or just stick to the cement joggers path. Take your swimmers and towel if it's summer and go for a swim when you're feeling too hot. Don't forget suncream as the walk will take a while - 4hrs.
You can do the trip either Coogee to Bondi or the other way around. You can finish the trip at the Bondi Pavillion or the Coogee Bay Hotel.
Its always nice to have some fish and chips at Bronte Beach on the way.
They have the Sculpture by the Sea festival along this route in early November and is alway a good way to enjoy the walk.
- Hiking and Walking
Bondi to Clovelly beach walk
This is a really nice walk along the coast with some gorgeous views. It ends at the Clovelly cemetary and from there we wandered over to the Clovelly Hotel for drinks and lunch. It's not too strenuous of a walk and you can stop at several beaches along the way.
- Hiking and Walking
You'll have to go to Bondi when you are in Sydney. It's a small beach, but you can sunbathe, swim and do a bit of surfing. Get some fish (with shark in Australia) &chips and eat them on the beach like a real Ozzie.
Beautiful Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is a 40 minute bus ride from Circular Quay. It's approximately $8 Australian for the return trip. Bondi Beach is approximately 1 km, making it much smaller than Manly Beach. It has severe rip tides, not far from the shore which are featured on the "Rescues at Bondi" a famous local TV show. The water is absolutely gorgeous - the jewel toned blues and greens you expect from the South Pacific. The beach is packed on weekends, but I was still able to find a spot on the sand and the nearby benches. I visited in mid-April and the weather was perfect. The sun was warm and the breeze from the ocean was divine.
The nearby shops and restaurants are uneventful, but I hear Bondi Junction is a great shopping mecca and a good destination when it rains.
- Business Travel
Walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach
Some people I met who live near Coogee Beach took me on a walk along the ocean from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. We stopped at this nice place for breakfast (unfortuately I cannot remember the name!).
Probably the most famous beach in Sydney- and probaby one of the worst.
Fills up with tourists really easily, and the local area ia an absolute dive.
The waterfront is full of greasy Greecian restaurants and cheap tourist shops. Thres a few good surf shops, and getting a Bondi surf shirt is kinda compulsary. Other than that tho- wouldnt really recommend it. Head over to Manley- much better
Eastern Suburbs Beaches... Part III
This is a nice beach during the day and at night, it sometimes can get a little noisy with many tourists and locals drinking heavily at the locals bars and pubs. There are plenty of nice restaurants and cafes too, so it can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. There is also a nice park that runs along the length of the beach.
Type = Surf. Salt-water bathing pools available. Bars, cafes and restaurants.
Getting There = From Bondi Beach, bus route 222 or you may walk along the coastal walk via Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly beaches. From the city centre, get the bus 370, 372 or 373. From Bondi Junction Station, get the 313 bus.
See the "Eastern Suburbs Beaches... Part V" tip for Maroubra Beach and photos!
- Water Sports
One of the most famous beaches in the world - Bondi. Its known as the 'K-Mart' of beaches in Sydney as it is one of the most built up and popular. Be as it may, its still a beautiful sight - wide sands, blue waters, breakers and surfers. The rip can be very dodgy but even so....Not the most beautiful, but certainly a lotta fun! And of course the epynonymous surfers... :)
Off the beach it has one of the highest concentration of budget accommodation outside Victoria St in The Cross and Hall Street is packed with cafes/bars/restaurants.
You can also walk and follow the coast both north and south (see Tamarama tip for heading south). Head north to North Bondi to get great views back over the beach and, take life and limb in hand and walk across the Golf Course to get great views along the coast.
Eastern Suburbs Beaches...Part II
Very small beach, but cute. I quite like it! There isn't much there, but I suggest you go as it's very unique with cliffs on both sides and the beach is quite narrow.
Type = Ocean beach, quiet.
Getting There = Walk along the beautiful coastal walk from Bondi Beach or from the city centre, get the train to Bondi Junction Railway Station, then take the 381 bus and get out at Fletcher St (ask the driver for assistance), and it's a 300 metre walk to the beach.
One of my favourites, if not my favourite beach in the Eastern Suburbs. Beautiful trees along the beach, as well as a nice park and a handful of cafes. I strongly suggest a visit to this beach. You will understand why.
Type = Surf. Salt-water bathing pools available. Cafes.
Getting There = Get a train to Bondi Junction Railway station and board the 378 bus. Bus route 222 can take you from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach too. Alternatively, you may walk south from Bondi or Tamarama Beach along the fantastic coastal walk.
This is another cute little beach, but it feels more like a gigantic pool than a beach! It's marvellous for families as it's very safe. There is a cafe but other services are limited. If you like to go snorkelling, this is the best and safest place in the eastern suburbs. Many people snorkel here and there are some nice fish to view too.
Type = Calm. Snorkelling. Cafe.
Getting There = From Bondi Junction Railway Station, get the 360 bus and stop at Clovelly Rd near Keith St. Then walk easterly for 300 meters. Or, get the 339 bus from the city centre and this takes you directly to the beach. From Bondi or Tamarama or Bronte beaches, take the beautiful coastal walk south until you get to Clovelly.
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