Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2006

by Mark Ellwood

BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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

Icebergs
Tel: 61 2 9130 3120
$3 per day

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