Sydney is famous for its beaches, most of which are within 30 minutes drive of the CBD. There are excellent surfing beaches where perfect barreling waves are enjoyed by a locals and tourists alike, through to the calm waters along the harbour foreshores including Redleaf, Nielsen Park, Parsley Bay and Camp Cove. For the more risqué, there are also some less accessible nudist beaches such as Lady Jane and Obelisk. The most famous of Sydney’s beaches is the world renowned Bondi Beach.
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Bondi, home of Australia's oldest Life Saving Club, is popular with the locals who participate in a wealth of activities that include beach volleyball, surfing, jogging, skateboarding on the ramp, roller blading and power walking. The main area of the beach is the Pavilion, where the cafe, car park, theatre and art gallery which draws many of the weekend visitors.
The area near the Pavilion is the most popular area to swim and offers the best choice between surf and safety - you can catch a wave without risking the dangerous conditions further south. North Bondi is a safer area of the beach, and is patrolled. North Bondi has the calmest surf conditions on this beach. The safest swimming is in the Bondi Baths on the southern rocks.
Most people end up in one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants that line the promenade overlooking the coast for brunch, lunch or dinner.