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Bondi Beach and the 5km Coastal Walk to Coogee Beach
Sunday 30th January 2011 – Bondi Beach, Australia
It was my best night sleep so far last night with nobody else in the room, and I was a little late in waking up, but I had the best part of the day left to do things, and it was another hot day already. I initially decided to go to Palm Beach today, the place where they film ‘Home and Away’, but it didn’t go quite according to plan.
I took a leisurely stroll to Circular Quay to catch the ferry over to Manly, and was soon on the way. I sat out on deck as it was a lovely sunny day, but not without my hat of course. I shared the deck with a family of three – mother, father and son – and watched as they proceeded to take pictures of one another all throughout the entire journey there, from every conceivable angle around the deck. It wouldn’t have been so bad but for the complete lack of any imagination in the pictures. Each time they just stood straight with no emotion whatsoever, so each photo must have looked similar to the next. I wouldn’t like to be there when they show their holiday pictures back to friends and family.
Once in Manly I asked about the onward journey to Palm Beach from here. The girl behind the information desk explained that it was a 3 hour round trip, with many bus changes along the way. I had to know where to get off and where to get back on again. It seemed like a massive hassle, and with the day rapidly falling away, I contemplated the thought of doing something different and to come back some other time once I was a little more prepared. My mind was made up, I would go to Bondi Beach today instead, and so back on the ferry I went, back to Sydney.
I acquired information about the buses to Bondi and immediately set out to find it. I was stopped on the street by a girl looking as though she was doing some kind of market research. I would normally just walk on by but this girl was quite cute, and I have a weakness for cute girls. She asked me,
If there use to be 100,000 tigers in the wild X amount of years ago, (I forget how many years she actually said),
how many do you think there are today? I took an educated guess, but really just plucked a number out of the air, and replied,
About 5 percent. She looked at me in amazement and exclaimed I was actually spot on, and that around 3,500 remain today. I was chuffed at getting the number right, but shocked at the realisation of such a number. I know from watching David Attenborough programs and others alike about the state of the planet and its animals, but it’s always shocking to discover the actual number. We chatted for what seemed an eternity; really nice girl.
After my nice encounter with the tiger girl, I jumped on the bus and held on until I reached Bondi Beach. I was instantly taken with the number of people ambling about. Getting a spot on this beach would take some time. I opted to partake in a 5 km coastline walk to Coogee Beach from here, and was glad I did. The views out to the ocean were stunning, and all the little beaches along the way were lovely, although crowded each and every one. It was a very hot day and I was glad to reach the end and indulge in a nice ice-cream before relaxing a while. I sat with some fish and chips outside the ‘Chish n Fips’ takeaway, and watched the world go by. There were so many people around today.
It had been a fairly busy day today, and I was happy to be back on the bus headed for Circular Quay. I sat in the Quay watching a big cruise liner depart for some adventure, and chilled out into the evening.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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