Sydney, Jan 25 : Bondi Beach, Australia's most famous strip of sand, was included in the National Heritage List to protect its sand, cliffs, waves, parks and surf lifesaving clubs.
Bondi Beach is Australia's third most visited landmark. The National Heritage List, which covers 75 heritage sites including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, will protect 65 hectares (162 acres) around Bondi Beach.
Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced the move at Bondi on Friday, and added that the Sydney beach has a special association for all Australians.
He said the listing recognised Bondi's role in developing Australia's beach culture and place in the world-famous surf-lifesaving movement.
"What can be more Australian than Bondi Beach? The sun, the sand, the lifesavers, the sense of place that is so strong here," he said.
"This is a fantastic day for Bondi Beach and it's fantastic to see it recognised in this way," The Australian quoted him, as saying.