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When I first visited Bondi beach i was horribly disappointed. Because of it’s fame, i was expecting a tropical bounty-style beach bordered by palm trees swaying in the breeze. I could not have been more wrong; in fact Bondi beach can look as grey as a British beach in the right weather conditions, like those last week when we took the picture above. This may have been a passing rain storm but as you can see, the urban backdrop can make this beach look grey even in the height of the Australian summer.

But lets be realistic here. This beach is situated in the suburbs of Sydney, just 15 minutes from Sydney CBD, so it is incredibly central (although I have to admit I prefer Coogee beach and hour’s scenic walk up the coast) and it offers gorgeous sand and incredible waves attracting surfers from around the world. Yes it is urban but when the sun comes out, this cityscape becomes beautiful.

Do watch out for sharks though. Although Bondi is protected by shark nets, air surveillance and lifeguards, in 2010 a Surfer’s arm shredded in the first shark attack off Bondi Beach since 1929.

You may be interested in my 10 best beaches in the United States and my 5 most remote beaches on earth.

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