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Old 02-29-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Bondi has to be the worst beach that the poster picked. There are much nicer calmer and sandier beaches in Sydney than any in SoCal. The best beach in SoCal is by far and away Coronado and it's no where near as nice as Airlie or even Palm if you want to be near a city. The big issue with beach living in Australia is that you are stuck between either being close to a built up city or our in the sticks. (I include the Gong, Rockhampton and GC as being part of the city)

I don't think there are any freeway shootings in Sydney and people are just as aggressive a driver in SoCal, it's just that they don't do anything about it because there is always a chance that the aggressive driver has at least a handgun.
The East Coast is pretty good, try the west. Heaps of development and many sizable towns and cities. Bondi is popular only because it's in Sydney, it's the place you go if you want to see hot European backpackers in bikinis - or not, haha.

Doubt it's available over there but look for a movie called 'Puberty Blues', and also 'Bra Boys' depicting beach life in Sydney.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Doubt it's available over there but look for a movie called 'Puberty Blues', and also 'Bra Boys' depicting beach life in Sydney.
Great movies... PB is a bit out of date, since it was a late 70's movie and Bra Boys is enough to scare anyone away. It's about hard core, locals/territorial surf culture. Kind of like recommending Animal Kingdom, Chopper, Romper Stomper or The Boys to get an idea about the Australian way of life . Bra Boys is kind of an Australia Z-boys.

FWIW Bra boys was available via netflix over here - at least it was a few years back.

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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I don't think there are any freeway shootings in Sydney and people are just as aggressive as drivers in SoCal, it's just that they don't do anything about it because there is always a chance that the aggressive driver has at least a handgun.
+1 here in Colorado (and most of the USA) you can walk into a gun store and walk out an hour later with a handgun powerful enough to kill a buffalo - at which point you can load it with hollow points and stick it in your glovebox. No permit required.

Only if you want to walk around with your gun AKA "conceal carry", then you need a permit.

There are some real 'me first' jerks over here on the road and they get away with it because people fear being shot at.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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The East Coast is pretty good, try the west. Heaps of development and many sizable towns and cities. Bondi is popular only because it's in Sydney, it's the place you go if you want to see hot European backpackers in bikinis - or not, haha.

Doubt it's available over there but look for a movie called 'Puberty Blues', and also 'Bra Boys' depicting beach life in Sydney.
Actually Bra Boys is really a bit over the top and specific to Maroubra and PB is very much about the Shire which is kind of a microcosm of late seventies Australia.

Something that really shows Australian beach culture outside of the city is something like Coolangatta Gold.

The people who end up at Bondi are the Westies and the Poms. The best beach in the vicinity is probably Clovelly.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Actually Bra Boys is really a bit over the top and specific to Maroubra and PB is very much about the Shire which is kind of a microcosm of late seventies Australia.

Something that really shows Australian beach culture outside of the city is something like Coolangatta Gold.

The people who end up at Bondi are the Westies and the Poms. The best beach in the vicinity is probably Clovelly.
Thats probably because every tourist brochure produced for the foreign market has Bondi on its front cover, every morning show from Sydney shows Bondi in a heatwave, as if its the only place to be.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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Thats probably because every tourist brochure produced for the foreign market has Bondi on its front cover, every morning show from Sydney shows Bondi in a heatwave, as if its the only place to be.
Let alone shows like Bondi Rescue. Why not Scarborough Rescue? lol
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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Thats probably because every tourist brochure produced for the foreign market has Bondi on its front cover, every morning show from Sydney shows Bondi in a heatwave, as if its the only place to be.
Bondi has far more going for it than the beach though. Infact I'd say the beach is probably the least enjoyable part.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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Bondi has far more going for it than the beach though. Infact I'd say the beach is probably the least enjoyable part.
True, the times I've gone to Bondi I haven't actually got my bathers on or gone in the water. If you go when it's not too crowded it's nice to just stroll along the beach, check out the shops, cafes etc.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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1 vote for bondi beach Australia. I have spent my 5 days vacation there before and really enjoyed it a lot specially some of their activities.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:30 PM
 
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True, the times I've gone to Bondi I haven't actually got my bathers on or gone in the water. If you go when it's not too crowded it's nice to just stroll along the beach, check out the shops, cafes etc.
It's very much a city beach which are fairly rare things. The grafitti, the general rundowness the bars/clubs/restaurants of it give it a sort of character that's very different to any other beach in Australia.
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