Bronte beach, only two coves to the south of the more popular (and crowded) Bondi is a hidden gem amonst Sydneys beaches. At the south end of the beach, just beneath the famous coast path, is the wonderful Bronte Beach Sea Pool. On a calm day, you can sit in the cool sea water
watching the world pass (or jog) by, and when
the swell's up, you can sit in the pool with your back to the ocean and see how long you and withstand the buffeting of the waves. To top it all off, Bronte's superb juice bars and restaurants are within about 200m, so you don't need to stay out of the water for too long.
About a mile south of Bondi beach, via Tamarama.
For great photo opportunities of the Opera House, take a walk over the Sydney Harbour bridge -signposted from The Rocks/Circular Quay. Then use your Day or Weekly 'My Multi' ticket to travel back over the bridge by train. I was going to do the Harbour Bridge climb, but after walking across the bridge, I decided the view from the footway was almost as good and I saved myself AU$180 into the bargain!
The entrance to the footway is a 10 minute walk west (left) from Circular Quay (don't be tempted to walk towards the bridge at ground level-the entrance is much further back).
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