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Australian Beaches in and around Sydney

Swimming, surfing or sun baking, Australian beaches have the lot

Australian beaches are some of the most enjoyable in the world. Where other parts of the world, such as England, suffer so-called “beaches” covered in pebbles or gravel. Yuk! Australia’s beaches have great weather, and usually have fine yellow or white sand. Just great for getting in between your toes!

Australian Beaches - this is the beach at Manly.The best-known Australian beach in Sydney would be Bondi Beach, which is a pleasant half-hour’s bus ride from the city.

Another great Aussie beach is Manly, which is a half-hour ferry ride across picturesque Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay.

Of course, there are scores of other great Australian beaches all around the Sydney area which you can easily reach by Sydney’s bus or ferry services.

Coogee, Bronte and Cronulla are all Australian beach suburbs along the ‘Eastern Beaches’ area of Sydney. They are quieter and are less well-known than Bondi – but they are great places to swim, surf or to just laze about ‘catching the rays’.

The Aussie sun can be really fierce, and even on cloudy days our high ultra-violet radiation can cause very bad sunburn – and it increases the risk of skin cancer years in the future. I know when you’re young the future seems forever away, but our rates of skin cancers over here is very, very high.

So please be very cautious when sunbathing in Australia. Do use a high rating sun-blocking cream or suntan oil, and don’t forget to wear a hat and use sunnies (sun-glasses) while you’re out and about in the open air.

And when you expand outwards from there and go north or south along the east coast of Australia, the number of great Aussie beaches becomes almost as large as the grains of sand…

Just remember, if the Australia beach you are at is patrolled by our Surf Life Savers, they will place two red-and-yellow flags on poles in the sand. These are markers, and are there for your safety. The life savers will have checked out the beach – they do this several times each day – and then they mark out the safest area for you, away from any rips (rip-tide currents) that threaten to carry unwary swimmers out to sea.

It is important that you swim only between the flags. This is the safe area when marked on any Australiann beach. They are watched over mostly by volunteer (unpaid) but highly-trained life guards, both male and female. These super-fit athletes are trained to do surf rescue, which is quite different from still-water life-saving, and emergency first aid.

The Surf Lifesavers also keep an eye out for sharks (a pretty rare occurrence) and stinging jellyfish. They will raise the alarm, ring bells and call swimmers out of the water if it becomes dangerous. Some of the jellyfish out here, such as the Sea Wasp, can kill a person. So this is nothing to be taken lightly. If the lifesavers ring alarms or call at you, do what they say immediately.

Lastly, don’t leave your valuables on the beach to get stolen. Many people used to leave their wallet or keys in their shoes or covered by a towel when they went into the water, but those days are gone at any crowded beach. There are many thieves about, and while the police do their best, they cannot catch them all. Leave your valuables with a friend guarding them, or place them in a locked safe, back at your hotel.

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