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Bondi Beach is best known for its gnarly waves, which make it one of the top surfing destinations in the world. But if you're not ready to hang 10, don't fret. Bondi is also nice for strolling, sunbathing and swimming. Despite its popularity (and its plentiful souvenir shops and surf and fashion boutiques), Bondi maintains an alternative, edgy feel. Topless sunbathing is allowed here as well, though it's mostly limited to areas without children.

Almost universally, visitors said the 6-mile trek to Bondi is a must and that the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world. To claim a prime spot on the sand, arrive early. Many former visitors also recommend setting aside time for one of the region's coastal walks. Both the Bondi to Coogee walk and the Bondi to Bronte walk offer superb water views and relaxing spots for picnics.

The best way to get to Bondi Beach, which is southeast of Sydney Harbour, is by train or bus. From Central Station, you can take a train bound for Bondi Junction and then hop aboard the No. 333 bus to reach the beach. If you'd rather skip the train, visitors can also pick up the No. 380 bus from Circular Quay. Limited parking (free and metered) is also available, though driving here is not encouraged due to the crowds. A visit to Bondi is free, but expect to pay for area amenities like food and souvenirs. Public bathrooms and outdoor showers, which are located throughout the beachfront area, are also free to use.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Lovingly called the "Coathanger" by locals, this towering structure is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges. And while you can capture stunning pictures of the bridge from one of Sydney Harbour's ferry boats, for an unforgettable experience, sign up for a bridge climb through BridgeClimb Sydney. Ranging from nearly two to nearly four hours in length, the bridge climb provides visitors with panoramic views of the Harbour, the Sydney skyline and the Opera House.

Although some former visitors complained of the high price tags, many said the bridge climbs are the best way to experience this iconic attraction, calling it a must-do experience. While climbs are offered throughout the day every day, travelers recommend scheduling a climb at twilight, which will give you three different views – daylight, sunset and nighttime – in one. If you're afraid of heights, reviewers still suggest you consider the experience as the staff is well-trained to help you overcome your anxieties.

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