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Bondi Beach, Australia

Sydney's Bondi Beach is arguably the most famous stretch of sand in Australia. Its well-known lifesaving group, the oldest lifeguarding corps in the world, watches over the crowded waters, where sunbathers, swimmers and surfers create one of the liveliest beach scenes on Earth. However, a lot of action also takes place away from the sun-tanning, water sports and swimming. Campbell Parade, Sydney's main oceanfront boulevard, features restaurants, bars, shopping opportunities and some of the best people watching in Australia. The Marine Discovery Center and the popular outdoor markets are nonbeach extras that you can put on your itinerary. There is also a boardwalk that passes along the scenic cliffs that sit outside the beach area.