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Clovelly beach

For a more sedate swim, locals head south to the man-made Clovelly beach. Concrete foreshores were constructed during the Great Depression to keep men in work. The idea was to create an Olympic-sized swimming pool, sheltered from the ocean currents. The area is now a favourite with snorkelers, who can swim alongside huge groupers.

Awe-inspiring shots of Sydney from above

What looks good from the ground looks even better from the skies.