Overplayed: Bondi Beach
Sydney's Bondi Beach is almost more famous for its lifeguards than its swell. It may lord over every other beach in the city, but it's not the best one for a swim, surf, or sunbathe. Instead, a trio of Sydney beaches may be more enticing options. More like a giant ocean pool, the crystal clear waters of Clovelly are heaven for snorkelers. Keep an eye out for Bluey, the resident blue grouper. Split in two by an unfeasibly picturesque rocky outcrop, Balmoral is another popular North Sydney haunt for swimming, kayaking, and windsurfing. There are also some fabulous fish-and-chip shops. And Norfolk Island pines and sandstone headlands hug the bowl-shaped park behind Bronte, a small, family-oriented beach that has a playground, rock pool, and sandy cafes.