Sydney's wonderfully relaxed and sqwawking Botanic Gardens, just a step away from the Opera House.
But on the other side of the harbour, a short and breezy ferry-ride away lies Manly, also relaxed, but energised...
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aerial view of the harbour and Sydney's best surfburb, Manly.
Beaches: The city's water is not particularly warm, even
in midsummer (Dec-Feb), and in winter you'd definitely need
a wetsuit , a good chunky layer of subcutaneous fat or Russian-style
anti-freeze in your veins.
There's swimming at a couple of beaches inside the harbour and
lots of sailing but most of the action goes on outside where
the South Pacific throws steady surf onto some superb beaches.
Bondi Beach, Sydney suburbs, Australia
Bondi and Manly are the closest suburbs for a good Sydney beach experience,
with Bondi accessible from the centre by car or train/bus and
Manly by ferry from Circular Quay.
Both trips would take in
the region of an hour, but south of Bondi and north of Manly
there are plenty more fine strands of sand with increasingly
Manly has a small inner-harbour beach devoid of surf for those
with toddlers not ready for a pounding or lap-swimmers who don't
want to go out beyond the surf line.
Beach, just 5 minutes walk from the cross-harbour ferry terminal.
Bugcrew preferred the larger and lower-key Manly beaches to
Bondi. Manly has a small but well-supplied village feel to it,
with plenty of bars and eateries, not to mention a lot of low
cost accommodation near the beach and good surf gear rental
Then there's the lovely ferry ride through
the harbour to Manly from the city centre vs. the not very pretty
urban train/bus ride to Bondi. On the other Bondi's beach folk
are arguably more glamorous and the coastal path south is stunning,
while Manly's walks are not so inspiring...Visit both but stay
in Manly if you have the time?
Surfing Manly; not big waves but regular, well-monitored by lifeguards and pretty, lively environment. Next, Melbourne Pictures.
Sydney Cuisine: This is a fairly Asia-oriented city with an extensive area in
the centre where Anglo-Saxon features are rare and sushi is
menu du jour though in other areas rat coffins (meat pies) are
an Australian quick-eat tradition. Generally seafood is big
and white wine with oysters scoffed beside Circular Quay are
a must, though Darling Harbour, a rebuilt-for-tourists dock
area is where many travellers end up spending their dollars.
the city and away from the surf-smashed beaches lie a
good few National Parks though the #1 tourist target is the
cool Blue Mountains with its canyons, cliffs, dense forests,
waterfalls, good bushwalks and mad activities. A train from
Central Station takes a couple of hours to travel the 109kms
to the Blue Mountains' staging point, chilly and attractive
Katoomba. But don't expect to see any 'roos leaping around!
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