Beach Walk

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We noticed yesterday that there was a free Beach walk happening this morning at 11 and thought we should do it. The tour would show us some of the famous beaches around Sydney, as well as going to the legendary Bondi Beach. Naturally, I was very excited to see Bondi and hopefully bump into some of the lifeguards from the tv show, Bondi Rescue. To those who don't know about it, it's a documentary series detailing the work of the lifeguards on the beach day to day.

Sydney's beaches are actually quite a distance from the city centre so to start off the tour we hopped on a bus to Coogee beach where to tour began. As beaches go, it was a pretty nice stretch of sand. We walked around the edge of the sand and up the coastline, to Gordon's Bay which is a nice little spot, full of rocks and tranquil water. Just past Gordon's bay is Clovelly beach which was a little strange in our eyes. Lots of people we're sunbathing on like blacktop, concrete surfaces that overlooked the water and there were steep steps leading down into the water. As we walked around further we reached a small area of sandy beach.

Following the coastal path around the headland again we got to the first of Sydney's most well known beaches called Bronte. We stopped here for a bite to eat. We went to a cafe called Jenny's :) and both had some delish chicken and bacon burgers with some chips. It was really tasty and not too expensive. When we were waiting for the rest of the group, Rikki and I saw one of the lifeguards from the show and I got unnecessarily excited and too shy to say hello!

Our walk took us passed some little cafes and shops. In one Asian cafe we past, Rikki and I looked in and saw two of the workers stood behind the counter and the girl had a pair of scissors in her hand and was cutting the guys hair - very strange and slightly unhygienic for a cafe!

After Bronte, we walked around Tamarama which is known locally as Glam-a-Rama because it where all the beautiful people hang out apparently! The beach was quite small but the waves were fairly big and it's a good spot for surfing. The next stop on the tour was at a look out point that has amazing views of the whole of Bondi Beach. Everyone took this as a photo opportunity and Rikki and I had ours taken looking out over the 1km beach.

Once we got to Bondi, we headed down onto the sand in our swimmers and had a quick paddle in the water. Just walking through it was a little rough and I lost my flip flop a couple of times and had to retrieve it from the waves. We found a nice spot to lay our towels down and watch the surf. One of the lifeguards, Terry was in his little buggy driving up and down the beach, shouting at people to swim inside the flags. While we were sat down, we spotted this really old guy jogging up and down the beach. He went past us at least 4 or 5 times, which was pretty impressive for an old-timer!

After about an hour on the beach we headed back to meet the rest of the tour group and caught the bus back into the city centre. Walking back from the bus stop, we heard a load of commotion behind us and someone shouting. I was expecting a little kid to come running past us but when I turned around it was this little middle aged woman on a scooter shouting at people to move out her way! Very strange!

Back at the hostel we had dinner and got chatting to a Norwegian girl called Marie and a German guy called Kristian who had just arrived in Sydney. The bar downstairs to the hostel had a happy hour and live band organised for the evening so we arranged to meet Marie later for a couple of drinks.

The band were really good but only really played cover songs. Still, they played a mix of different styles and got the crowd going. Luckily for us girls, the bar was giving away free champagne for ladies so we were set for the night. Rikki used his drinks vouchers for wine, champagne and beer :)

We got to know Marie a little more and went outside towards the end of the night so we could talk more as it was way too load down in the bar!

Tomorrow we're planning to look into tours of Fraser Island and the Whitsundays which is really exciting as they are meant to be must-see attractions on the East Coast of Australia

Toodles :)
Jennie xxx
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