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If you're going to be at the Beaches try to bring things you will need with you for the day. One of the biggest tourist traps are the little shops that line the beaches. true that sometimes they have unique treasures and sell neat things, but they are sometimes very overprices whereas you can get the same thing away from the beach for a portion of the price.
Unique Suggestions: don't be spend happy!
Fun Alternatives: Shop in the town, in the local malls and on the streets - they often have the same or simliar articles for much cheaper. Australia is all about the souviners and trinkets, they're not hard to find!
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Avoid the beautiful but crowded beaches
I have travelled to many countries around the world and I can easily say I experienced the least troubles in Sydney than I have ever experienced in any other country. Everyone is so helpful and so friendly. The one thing was that whenever you think about Sydney beaches the first beach that comes to mind is Bondi. However, I found that Bondi even though it is beautiful, is not necessarily the nicest because it is so packed with people. I found it quite invasive.
Unique Suggestions: Park your car on top of the hill going down to Bondi and walk down. Big hike back up but chances are you won't find a park anywhere. Not too easy to get to with public transport.
Also whilst there ask people about the Bondi to Bronte walk along the lciffs. Well known amongst locals. Absolutely beautiful and you can walk to the next beach along within 10 minutes.
Fun Alternatives: If you would like to escape the masses of tourists try the Northern Beaches e.g. Palm Beach, Whale Beach or Avalon. Another alternative is the Southern Beaches such as Coogee or Bronte.
All of these beaches are packed with hot bronzed Aussie boys. However on Bondi you get the feeling that the boys are competing with the girls in a swimsuit modelling competition.
Wasnt a huge fan of the beach, thought it was a little over hyped, but still youve got to come to one of the most famous beaches in the world if you come to Sydney. Personally prefered the other beaches around Sydney.
Bondi Beach on a hot day......
Bondi Beach on a hot day... NOOOOOO!!!!!! don't even think about it... Head out to the outer suburbs, and you'll find the beaches are a lot quieter and just as good. Australia is HUGE, with so much beach to offer, I simply don't understand why people have to crowd onto tiny beaches near the city...
Beaches - Get out of the...
Beaches - Get out of the tourist areas. This is not really a 'tourist trap' recommendation, but visitors who enjoy beaches should generally explore Sydney's less famous beaches. Although Bondi and Manly and nice beaches by world standards, Sydney has over 40 other beaches that will impress any avid beach bum! Most of them are very accessible by public transport, so make the most of it - the pic below is from Coogee.
3 December 2004
Arts for the disabled. Film Project and Screening. Cronulla Cinema Center
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