There is SO much in Sydney, Australia that I haven’t yet seen, so deciding what to do on my last day in this beautiful city was tough. Ultimately, the decision was made for me when my friend, Jane, with whom I’ve been staying, said that coming to Sydney and not seeing Bondi Beach was like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.

Bondi Beach is famous with surfers the world over for its waves. Tourists and residents also flock to it because it is the starting point for the famous Bronte to Bondi Walk. The path begins at the cliffs that wrap around the southern end of the crescent beach. It leads up and over the rocky headland to Tamarama and Bronte Beaches. We had not done the cliff walk before this because the weather in Sydney has been unusually rainy, but today the weather cooperated, providing us with a crisp, sunny day with not a cloud in sight. Afterward, we enjoyed a spectacular view of Bondi Bay as we lunched on the outdoor terrace of a North Bondi restaurant (I can’t believe I dined outdoors in 55 degree weather). The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to discovering all the tiny beaches that are tucked into hidden corners around Sydney. So, here are a few photos of the things I saw today – if only I had another three weeks here!

Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

Bondi Bay, with double overhead surf and an offshore wind

Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

Looking down the beach to South Bondi and the beginning of the cliff walk

Cliff Walk Bondi Beach Tamarama Sydney Australia

The cliff walk, leading south to Tamarama Beach

Iceberg pool BondiBeach Sydney Australia

Icebergs Pool at Bondi, one of many oceanfront salt-water pools around Sydney that are perched on the cliffs at just the right height to catch incoming waves and provide calm waters for swimming

Cliff walk Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

My friend, Jane, on the cliff walk between Bondi and Tamarama Beaches

Tamarama and Bronte beaches, Sydney Australia

Coming around the corner on he cliff walk for the first view of distant Bronte Beach and closer Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Beach, Sydney Australia

Pretty little Tamarama Beach, tucked into a rocky cove and battered by waves

Camp Cove Beach, Watson's Bay, Sydney Australia

A hidden jewel – Camp Cove Beach at Watson’s Bay, with downtown Sydney in the background

Camp Cove in Watson's Bay, Sydney Australia

The other end of the beach at Camp Cove in Watson’s Bay

Nielsen Park Beach at Vaucluse Sydney Australia

Nielsen Park Beach at Vaucluse, another tiny, hidden strip of sand with the skyline of downtown Sydney in the background

Nielsen Park Beach at Vaucluse Sydney Australia

Giant fig trees create a natural arch at Nielsen Park at Vaucluse

Early tomorrow morning I’m off to Singapore. Hope you all enjoyed my mini-photo tour of Sydney and surrounds. I’ll be back once I get to Singapore.