Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2006

by Mark Ellwood

Nowhere are beaches more beloved than Australia, and there's no more famous strip of sand Down Under than Bondi, just a short cab hop from downtown Sydney.

Rub suntanned elbows with: Buff Aussie surf boys (and girls) and toned nine-to-fivers who are already on the sands by three.

Best way to cool off: Hike up the hill to the private Icebergs swimming club, pay the nominal day membership, and order a pint of ice-cold Bluetongue lager. The views from the terrace are unbeatable—especially when the ocean waves crash right into the swimming pool.

Beach chic: The Speedo was invented in Sydney in 1956, so this is one place where you can slip into bright briefs—known locally as budgie smugglers—with pride.

Where to bed down: Bunk downtown in the converted wharf known as Blue; once a W Hotel, now under new owners, it's Sydney's current hotel hot spot (Russell Crowe has a condo in the same complex).

Blue, Woolloomooloo Bay
Tel: 61 2 9331 9000
Doubles from $423

Tel: 61 2 9130 3120
$3 per day

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