Topping the list for any traveller to Australia is Sydney. From buzzing nightlife to natural wonders, a trip to this cosmopolitan city promises to be one you’ll never forget. Crammed with quirky culture, good food, great shopping and endless water views, Sydney is a creative city, where surfing is a way of life and brunch is as popular as lunch.
What is the first piece of advice you’d give to Sydney visitors?
Sydney is divided into a string of vibrant and distinct neighbourhoods, so is best experienced by wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere. Embrace the city as a local; see the sights but do them as incidental inclusions. I love designing touring that ticks off the highlights but also focuses on life in Sydney!
If you only had one night to stay in any hotel in Sydney, where would it be?
If you only had one day in Sydney, what would you do and eat?
Definitely the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee as it is spectacular, rewarding myself with a well-deserved brunch at Coogee Pavilion, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Coogee Beach. I would stop by Spice Alley for some tasty treats as I explore the galleries, street art and Chippendale neighbourhood, and then I would grab a table and enjoy a late dinner with the locals at Bistro Rex in Potts Point. The food and the vibe is oh so Sydney.
Of the famous tourist sites in Sydney, which would you avoid and which would you try not to miss?
It’s not so much something I would avoid, but you have to be careful how you ‘do’ Bondi! I would suggest wandering some of the more quirky boutiques before stopping for breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of the many incredible restaurants there. The weekend markets are great. Make sure you also hop into Messinas for the best ice-cream ever. Whenever I am in Sydney I also try to visit The Opera House. Dinner under the sails at Bennelong is special, or oysters and sparkling wine at The Opera Bar. Try and catch a show (they have so much more than just opera) or privately book a one hour essential tour.
What’s your best insider tip to Sydney?
Book your restaurants as Sydney has a thriving food scene! Of course, I will be happy to help, but if you don’t book you will miss out. Sydney is blessed with incredible waterways and ocean views – getting out on the harbour is a must-do! Ferry, canoe, paddle board or luxury yacht …. whatever floats your boat!