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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 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. 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 (Wylies Baths and McIvers Baths), expect to pay a small entrance fee.

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#2 Sydney Harbour Many visitors say that Sydney Harbour's 150 miles of shoreline and more than 30 square miles of water make it the most beautiful natural harbor in the world, and ... Read more » narvikk / Getty Images

#3 Sydney Opera House Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the sailboat-inspired structure – submitted during an international design contest held in 1956 – features more than one million tiles on its four roof shells and ... Read more » Robertpaulyoung / Flickr

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#8 Royal Botanic Garden Founded in 1816, the 74-acre Royal Botanic Garden abounds with bright and colorful flora and fauna. The park is broken into multiple areas, including Latitude 23 – an enclosed nursery ... Read more » Thomas Kurmeier / Getty Images

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