Sydney’s Famous Beaches…

Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Advice + Tips, Australia, Beaches, Sydney | 0 comments

…and bonus, Secret Sydney!

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You may have heard of Sydney’s famous Manly & Bondi beaches (pronounce it Bond-eye!) They live up to their reputations for scenic beauty & waves, and are a great place to people watch.

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Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. You’ll cruise right past the Opera House and get great views of the harbor.

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Once there, pass through the main street of surf shops & restaurants, pick up a new bikini in Sunburn, slather on your sunscreen & dig your toes into the warm sand. Keep an eye out for the flags – they move the poles closer or further apart for the swim zone depending on the rip tides.

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If you’re not up for surfing or sunbathing, take the scenic walk towards Shelly Beach along the shore. You’ll pass a pool perched on the edge of a cliff, where you can dip in wave-free. Hang at Shelly Beach a bit, it’s much smaller & more secluded than Manly.

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If you’re up for a bit of a hike, continue on the path into the national park for more flora & views.

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End up back in town for a cold beer while you’re waiting for the ferry.

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Bondi is another great place to enjoy the summer. More sun & sand, aquamarine water & waves. Take the walkway around & up past the Bondi Icebergs Club, a large lap pool with a view back to the beach, then continue on to the high point look out at the end for incredible views.

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Secret Sydney – ask the locals their favorite places to go. There are many small parks, scenic views, small coves & beaches in Sydney & nearby. I was lucky enough to stay with Soraya, a local, who showed me her special Sydney & surrounding spots, including Church Point, Palm Beach, fish & chips at Doyle’s in Watson’s Bay, and other spots I’m sworn to secrecy, but here are a few pictures…

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