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    Eastern Suburbs Beaches...Part II

    by Joseph69 Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    Tamarama Beach
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    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.

    Bronte Beach
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    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.

    Clovelly Beach
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    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.

    Tamarama Beach... looking southwards.
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    Eastern Suburbs Beaches... Part I

    by Joseph69 Written Aug 14, 2006

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    The closest beaches to the city centre are the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs. There are so many, I'm sure you will find at least one or two that you will want to revisit time and time again.

    I will go through some of them here and ways to get there from the city centre.

    Watsons Bay and Lady Jane (nudist) Beach
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    Watsons Bay is on the harbour, thus no surf. It's a really nice spot for a little swim nearby the wharf or to relax in the park and have a picnic. There is also a pub with outdoor dining or if you prefer a seafood restaurant, there is Doyles.

    If you like a bush walk, head north and enjoy a nice coastal walk.

    If you would like to visit a nudist beach, Lady Jane Beach is for you. Just walk north from Watsons Bay and it's located on the left side way past the last house.

    Type = Calm seas. Bars, restaurants, parks, nudity.

    Getting There = By ferry from Circular Quay (day-time only) or by the 325 bus the from the city centre or Edgecliffe Railway Station.

    Bondi Beach
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    This is Sydney's most famous beach, but for me, not the best. Isn't that just typical of all touristy places around the World? There are oodles of bars and restaurants so you won't go thirsty or hungry in a hurry. I suggest you go anyway and see for yourself. Unfortunately, there aren't many trees about but there is a nice park that runs along the beach just behind the sand which is very pleasant.

    Type = Surf. Salt-water bathing pools available. Bars, cafes, restaurants.

    Getting There = Get the train to Bondi Junction then change for the 380 or 382 bus.

    Watson's Bay View from Watson's Bay looking towards the CBD
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    Bondi Beach

    by traveloturc Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Bondi is one of the famous beaches of the world.I was schocked to see the desperate graffiti of a turkish man who was looking for his girlfriend (Turkish too) in the long wall around the beach.No need to say that ýt take me sometime to understand that it was written in my language. Anyway be careful with the sun if you are not used to.

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    THIS is sydney

    by lesaandbill Written Jun 14, 2006

    The beaches and hanging out around the beaches...IS Sydney. They have a chilly autumn and winter...but it is still a great place to be and be seen. Bondi Beach, Manly Beach are among the best...and Balmoral Beach is more relaxed and chilled.

    A great thing to do is take a ferry from Circular Quay over to Manly...and have a bite to eat at the Manly Wharf Hotel...and stroll along or hang out at the beach on the opposite side. Also...check out Shelley Beach which is just to the right of Manly...and you can snorkle right off the rocks.

    If you only have a day or two...this is a definite....

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    The famous Bondi Beach

    by backpackerbaby Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Why Bondi is so famous? I decided to find out this time, together with my babe.

    Bondi was quite different from what I had imagined. I was amazed by its long shoreline, I was overwhelmed by its white fine sand and I was surprised by its clean water. It's a beach of a city but its quality is so high!!! If only we could have one such beach in HK....

    The waves also attracted lots of surfers. I was so jealous of them. I wish I could surf too. It looked fun and cool...

    We walked on the beach towards the left end (left when you face the water), where there's a path leading to some vantage points. The view from there was simply unbeatable. I was in love with Bondi.

    No matter how touristy Bondi is, its uniqueness and charm are still there to steal your soul.

    Blue sky, white fine sand, clean water... Bondi! My footprints on the white fine sand. The shore under sunlight. Information about the sea creatures on the coast. I wish I could surf like her too!  Cool!
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    Everybody says Bondi Beach...

    by carstenj Updated May 11, 2006

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    Bondi Beach is synonomous with Sydney for most overseas travellers, and yes it is a tourist thing to do, but Bondi is far from the only beach.
    I personally prefer the north shore beaches; Manly/Queenscliff Beaches are wide and long with a pretty nice corso and some excellent cafe's and restaurants along the beach front, Palm Beach, Whale Beach are excellent but harder to get to as they're further north, and my personal favourite is Freshwater Beach, right next to Manly.
    The southern beaches include; Bronte Beach is small and charming, Maroubra is a surf beach.
    each Sydney beach has its own personality, and most are reasonable surf beaches, some are really good. Beach going is the Australian heritage and it shows, go see the surf rescue volunteers compete (if you get the chance).
    At Manly Beach you can take your first surf lesson (at the North Steyne Surf Rescue) for $a resonable price.

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    Bondi Beach

    by bijo69 Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Bondi Beach is certainly the most popular of Sydney's beaches. It's certainly a very nice, also it's not my absolute favourite.
    Apart from swimming and surfing it's a good place for going out and for shopping aswell.

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    Bondi beach

    by aukahkay Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Bondi is well known for its great sandy beach, as well as its surf. It is a modern and trendy coastal resort, and is the most famous of all Sydney beaches. Bondi has a number of cafes and restaurants which look out over the beach and makes a great place to stay and visit. If you are a surfer, Bondi offers great waves to ride on. Otherwise, simply place a towel on the beach and enjoy the cool sea breeze.

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    The Action Packed Beach-Bondi Beach

    by bkarjee Updated Mar 15, 2006

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    Bondi beach is a crescent shaped beach with golden color sand spread out for more than a mile. It is the most visited beach in Sydney. Although very crowded specially during the weekend, there are a lot of activities going on all aroound the year in Bondi.
    Surfing is synonymous with Bondi. When you talk of Surfing, you also talk of Surf Lifesavers. The Surf Lifesavers and the Coast Guards jointly guard the activities along the beach, thus making it quite safe for sea sports. Offcourse, the onus ultimately resides on individuals going into the sea.
    The big waves along the Bondi beach makes it a big hit among surf-lovers and one can see hordes of surfers lining up to experience the waves. Surfing is mainly done in the southern side of the beach.
    Beachfront Campbell parade is famous for bachside shops, cafes and eateries.
    How to reach: Take City Train to Bondi Junction and hop on to any of these buses 361, 365, 380, 382, 389

    Beach Activities for Kids?
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    Bondi Beach - you've all heard of it

    by amyhenderson Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    So you think what trip to Sydney would be complete without a trip to Bondi Beach? Well, you are right.

    However, just a warning not to expect a little paradise of a beach. Bondi is very developed and built up and has apartments, restaurants, bars & clubs built all around it. Its a constant people parade with flexing muscles and improving tans.

    If you're not into that scene (or just a bit scared of the harsh Australian sun) I would recommend going there for an early evening meal, a walk along the promenade & if you behaved, an ice-cream.

    If/when you are beaching it at Bondi, make sure you try both North & South ends of
    the beach. They seem to have sub-cultures at each end. South is more travellers,
    low profile locals & surfers. North is more posers, muscle guys & young
    families.

    There are plenty of good ones in this area! A favourite is DEFINITELY 'Blue Orange' on Hall Street, Bondi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ALL scrumptious.

    Bondi Beach during the week
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    Bondi Icebergs - breakfast over the ocean

    by SierraSydney Updated Dec 25, 2005

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    Bondi Icebergs is situated at the end of Bondi Beach at Notts Avenue. It has the famous 'Bondi Baths' - a pool set into the ocean. Watch the waves crash onto the pool while sitting on the overhead balcony where you can enjoy a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its even better when the swim club has its racing days...

    The views out across Bondi Beach are unforgettable. Be sure to check it out :D

    One place you just have to go to.....
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    Bondi Beach

    by ZiOOlek Written Nov 21, 2005

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    Sydney is famous for its excellent surfing beaches. Most of Sydney's 37 beaches are situated within 30 minutes of the city's CBD by public transport. Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometre long and is patrolled by lifesavers who make swimmers stay between the yellow and red flags.

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    Bondi Sense of Humour

    by namidub Written Oct 31, 2005

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    This beach has been said as popular spot during summer,but when i visited it wasnt summer.so there're lesser people surfing and hanging out at this place during non-summer.To get here,take a public bus.There are rows of shops and cafes too nearby.Nice place.

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  • beaches

    by Ellemay Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    1.Catch the ferry from circular quay to Manly, you will see our wonderful harbour and experience the magic of Sydney. Walk up the corso to Manly Beach . Its a WOW factor. Whilst there walk right along promanade to Shelley Beach very sheltered from winds and extremely safe to swim. Have fish and chips on the beach and watch the surfers riding the waves.
    2.Catch bus from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach. Do the coastal walk to Coogee Beach, the scenery is fab!! Ask any local and they will tell you where the walk begins.
    3. Climb the Harbour Bridge.You must book in adavnce.Hotel will advice you.
    4.Walk the Botanical Gardens starting at the Opera House take in the views of the harbour.
    5.Darling Harbour- catch monorail from city.
    6.Eat and discover Chinatown in the city.

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    Bondi Beach

    by Tayto Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    The answer to the previous question is Bondi Beach and it was taken in 2004 would you believe. When I saw Bondi it reminded me of a beach scene for like the 60's or 70's in Ireland ! Ok so its not cold but the absence of any beach umberellas and loungers while probably a good thing, is like a throw back to a bygone era of going to the beach with just your towel, bucket and spade and probably if you live in Ireland or the UK a wind jammer to stop being sand blasted or frozen to death by the chilly breeze !! However the real atractin of Bondi is when you get down to the beach itself and you experience the surf that you know why its so famous. Its great to watch skilled surfers on the right hand side of the bay surfing the waves. I expected Bondi to be full of muscle bound body beautiful types and while of course they are there they do not dominate the beach and it really is a place full of all shapes and sizes which is great for the more self conscious bathers !

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