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Introducing Bondi to Coogee

Improbably good-looking arcs of sand framed by jagged cliffs, the Eastern Beaches are a big part of the Sydney experience. Most famous of all is the broad sweep of Bondi Beach, where the distracting scenery and constant procession of beautiful bods never fail to take your mind off whatever it was you were just thinking about… This is where Sydney comes to see and be seen, preferably wearing as little as possible (it's not an affirming place for those with body-image issues).

The unique flavour of Bondi has been greatly influenced by the Jewish, British and Kiwi immigrants who populated it before it became hip. Housing prices on Bondi’s strangely treeless slopes have skyrocketed, but the beach remains a priceless constant.

South of Bondi, Bronte is a steep-sided beach 'burb, its bowl-shaped park strewn with picnic tables and barbecues. Further south is the concrete-fringed, safe swimming inlet of Clovelly, a great place to dust off your snorkel. Next stop heading south is Coogee, an Aboriginal word for rotting seaweed… But don’t let that deter you: the beach is wide and handsome, and beery backpackers fill the takeaways and pubs.