30 July 2008

Sydney in top ten beach cities in the world

Sydney city has been coined the 8th best beachside city in the world, according to AskMen.com.

The American website, which is designed to provide advice for men worldwide, conducted a survey to create a list of the top 10 beach cities in the world.  The criteria for the best beachside city rested primarily on how well the beach factored in the city’s atmosphere, structure, and identity.  Only cities with a population of over 100,000 were included in the survey.

Miami, Dubai, and Barcelona won the top three positions respectively, while Sydney was voted 8th. 

“With showstopping architecture, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge (incidentally, both by the water), a vibrant nightlife scene, and more natural beauty than in the rest of the world’s cities put together, it’s not hard to see why…one of the biggest draws is undoubtedly the beaches that lie just behind the clutter of the city’s glass-fronted buildings,” said the website.

Although Sydney attracts millions of visitors on an Australian tourist visa every year to its miles of beaches, its famed Bondi Beach takes the spotlight.  According to AskMen.com, Bondi Beach is the most photographed stretch of sand in Australia. 

Being an icon of the Australian lifestyle (sun, surf, and chilled-out lifestyle), Bondi has for years attracted backpackers and immigrants to live in its surrounding suburbs.  According to the 2006 Census, of the 10,373 residents in Bondi, 41 per cent were Australian-born, 6.2 per cent were English, and 3.8 per cent were from New Zealand.  South African, Irish, and French nationals made up nearly two per cent each of Bondi’s population. 

The majority of the foreign nationals living in Bondi and neighbouring beachside suburbs, such as Coogee and Tamarama, are travelling Australia on an Australian working holiday visa.  This visa allows young travellers aged 18 to 30 years to work and live in Australia for up to 12 months. 

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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