Coogee Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Sydney
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Though it's a bit smaller than its better-known northern counterpart Bondi, Coogee Beach is the quintessential spot for those looking to soak up some sun and swim in Sydney's famous waters. Snorkeling is also a popular pastime here, and the scenic, nearly 4-mile Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a must. Plus, the eateries along the shore give beach bums several places to refuel.
Thanks to its less crowded atmosphere, picturesque setting and calmer waters, beachgoers (especially those traveling with children) raved about their time at Coogee, calling the beach gorgeous and a great place to watch the sun set. According to recent visitors, the food is also top-notch. However, despite the perk of free parking, spaces are limited, so plan to arrive early if driving.
Coogee Beach sits about 7 miles southeast of Sydney Harbour and is accessible via bus Nos. 373 or 374 from Circular Quay. This beach has on-duty lifeguards, as well as restrooms, cafes, shops, grills and beach volleyball courts. Coogee is free to visit, but should you decide to pass on a beach swim in favor of a dip in one of the area's two beachfront baths (Wylie's Baths and McIver's Ladies Baths), expect to pay a small entrance fee and note that McIver's is only open to women and children.
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#1 Sydney Harbour Bridge
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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