ASK THE EX­PERT

CHIEF CONCIERGE, SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR MAR­RIOTT HO­TEL

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Q: De­scribe your per­fect Syd­ney day.

A: My per­fect Syd­ney day would start with a morn­ing jog or walk around the Royal Botanic Gar­dens, fol­lowed by a good cof­fee and some break­fast in any one of Syd­ney’s ex­cel­lent cafés. My per­sonal favourite cof­fee in the city would have to be Cabrito Cof­fee Traders. Catch­ing the ferry to Manly is a must do—you can learn to surf, snorkel at Shelly Beach, hire a bi­cy­cle, kayak in the har­bour or go for a bush walk through the North Head Na­tional Parks (maybe spot the lit­tle pen­guin colony) and then en­joy a ca­sual lunch at The Boathouse Shelly Beach. I would then head back to the city and en­joy the sun­set and a cock­tail at the Smoke Bar in Baranga­roo House, end­ing the day with din­ner at one of the many won­der­ful restau­rants at the new foodie precinct of Baranga­roo.

Q: Do you have a favourite pub or bar for a warm­ing win­ter wine?

A: At the mo­ment the Bul­letin Place laneway is an ex­cel­lent op­tion if you’re not sure what you want to drink. There is Ta­pavino, one of Syd­ney’s best Tapas bars with an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of Span­ish wines. For a cock­tail, head up­stairs to the hid­den Bul­letin Place Bar which ranks in the top 50 bars in the world and the new Three Bot­tle Man for al­fresco drink­ing un­der the heaters with an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of Aus­tralian wines, beers and cock­tails.

Q: If it’s rain­ing out­side, where do you rec­om­mend to go for in­door fun?

A: For art lovers you have the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales or browse through over 2500 pieces of Abo­rig­i­nal art at the Kate Owen Gallery in Rozelle. For fam­i­lies, you can’t go past Dar­ling Har­bour where you can en­joy SEA LIFE Syd­ney Aquar­ium, WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo or Madame Tussauds. A great in­ter­ac­tive science and tech­nol­ogy mu­seum is the Pow­er­house Mu­seum. For his­tory, you can’t go past the Aus­tralian Mu­seum for flora, fauna, di­nosaurs and Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory.

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