Despite being the largest city in Australia, one of the things for which Sydney is most famous for is its beaches. Bondi Beach has an international reputation as being one of the best beaches in Australia — and the world, a view which is only enhanced by the excellent surfing conditions there. Its surf entices intrepid backpackers from around the world, who are attracted to the strong and challenging rip tides which exist in the southern section of the beach. It also comes highly recommended by surfing aficionados.
However, there is more to beaches in New South Wales than Bondi. Other famous beaches include Coogee, Collaroy and Manly, whilst there are many more secluded beaches upon which you can laze the day away. Many beaches also have excellent shopping facilities as well as a diverse range of restaurants on the shoreline. The nightlife also attracts its fair share of locals and tourists in search of a good time. Visiting the beach, is one of the top things to do in Sydney.
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Most beaches have their own surf club so if you fancy some boarding, the lesser known destinations may be better to visit as you will get more instruction from the local professionals, as well as a greater amount of space on the water. Sports are popular on Australian beaches and there is always a game in which you could participate. Beach volleyball, cricket and football are particular favorites, not to mention swimming in the sea.
The beaches in Sydney are divided into three geographical areas. The Northern beaches stretch from Manly up to Palm Beach, whilst the Southern beaches go from Bondi down to Cronulla, which is on Botany Bay. The harbour beaches are famed for their quieter and calmer conditions, often attracting families. Picnic areas with barbecues are also popular, particularly during the Christmas period when families celebrate the festivities by cooking meats in the sun.
If you are staying in one of the hotels in Sydney and are planning on going to the beach, using sunscreen is advised as the sun in Australia is extremely intense. A beach hat should also be worn. Most beaches are extremely easy to reach from downtown Sydney, with Wynyard Bus terminal serving the Northern beaches and the Central Railway station serving the south.
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