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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.
While some travelers complain about overcrowding, most said the 6-mile trek to Bondi is a must. 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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