ASK THE EX­PERT

Where Sydney - - Contents - Mark An­der­son CHIEF CONCIERGE, IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL SYD­NEY

Q: What are your top three must-do places for the first-time vis­i­tor to Syd­ney?

A: It’s great to see Syd­ney from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives—from above, by he­li­copter flight or jour­ney­ing to the top of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge with Bridge­climb; from the wa­ter ei­ther by ferry or cruis­ing around the har­bour; or from within the city it­self by tak­ing a stroll through neigh­bour­hoods such as The Rocks or Surry Hills.

Q: What’s an undis­cov­ered gem that a sea­soned vis­i­tor to Syd­ney might en­joy?

A: The re­ju­ve­na­tion of the old brew­ery site in Chip­pen­dale is one of my favourite ar­eas of Syd­ney. With bou­tique gal­leries, fan­tas­tic for­mal din­ing and the unique Spice Al­ley, there are choices for all tastes. The area is also an ar­chi­tec­tural marvel fea­tur­ing great con­tem­po­rary de­sign in­clud­ing Cen­tral Park and the Frank Gehry de­signed Dr Chau Chak Wing School of Busi­ness at UTS.

Q: What do you con­sider the city’s best photo op?

A: For the best post­card views of Syd­ney it’s hard to beat Mrs Mac­quarie’s Chair—a great place for a photo (or a selfie!) with the city sky­line fram­ing both the Syd­ney

Q: What are your tips for vis­i­tors head­ing to Vivid Syd­ney?

A: Vivid is such a won­der­ful time in Syd­ney, and ev­ery year it seems to be grow­ing both in size and in pop­u­lar­ity. Make sure that you make a plan of what to see be­fore head­ing out as it’s easy to get caught up in the crowds. If you have time, al­low for more than one evening so that you can ex­pe­ri­ence all the precincts.

Q: What’s your favourite part about Vivid?

A: The city ab­so­lutely comes to life dur­ing Vivid—restau­rants are al­ways pop­u­lar and have their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the event. But per­son­ally, I love see­ing our city from on the har­bour and be­ing up close to the Syd­ney Opera House dur­ing the fes­ti­val. En­ter­ing Cir­cu­lar Quay by ferry is a spec­ta­cle in it­self.

Har­bour Bridge and Syd­ney Opera House.

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